Thursday, September 27, 5:00-8:00PM University Center, Room 303 Colonel Gary A. Packard, Jr., Ph.D. will present on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Colonel Gary A. Packard, Jr. is the Permanent Professor and Head for the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (DFBL) at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also oversees the graduate education of up to 20 U.S Air Force Officers seeking a Master's Degree in Counseling and Leadership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) was the official United States policy on homosexuals serving in the military from December 21, 1993 to September 20, 2011. The policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service. A congressional bill to repeal DADT was enacted in December 2010, specifying that the policy would remain in place until the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that repeal would not harm military readiness. A July 6, 2011 ruling from a federal appeals court barred further enforcement of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members. President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, sent that certification to Congress on July 22, 2011, which set the end of DADT for September 20, 2011. Colonel Packard will discuss what was learned from the repeal of this policy. This event is sponsored by the Department of Counseling and Human Services and the College of Education. It is a free event for all UCCS students, staff and faculty.