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By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
— Based on recommendations from
military leaders, President Barack Obama has certied to
Congress that the U.S. armed forces are prepared for repeal
of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.
There is a 60-day waiting period before the repeal goes
into eect, so the law will ocially come o the books Sept.
20. After that date, gay service members can be open abouttheir sexual orientation.
The president signed the certication and delivered it to
Congress July 22.Congress passed the repeal law in December. The legis-lation gave the military time to prepare the force and saidrepeal would happen only after the president, the defense
secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta certi
ed the force as ready for repeal.
The Defense Department chartered a repeal implemen-tation team to coordinate the necessary changes to policy and regulations, and to provide education and training toservice members. The team worked to ensure the smooth-est possible transition for the U.S. military to accommodateand implement this change, Defense Secretary Leon E. Pa-netta said.The services put together training courses for the forceand more than 1.9 million service members have now re-
ceived that training. DOD and service ocials also looked
at regulatory and legal changes that repeal entailed.
“I am comfortable that we have used the ndings of the
Comprehensive Review Working Group to mitigate areas of concern, and that we have developed the policy and regu-lations necessary for implementation — consistent with
standards of military readiness, military eectiveness, unitcohesion and recruiting and retention,” Navy Adm. MikeMullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta, said in a writ
Certication is not the end of the road. The department,
the services and the combatant commands must work “totrain the remainder of the joint force, to monitor our per-formance as we do so, and to adjust policy where and when
needed,” Mullen said.The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law went into eect in 1993. It
allowed gay and lesbian personnel to serve in the military aslong as they were not open about their sexual orientation.
On Feb. 2, 2010, Mullen testied to that Senate Armed
Services Committee that he believed it was time to repealthe law.Mullen said he believes soldiers, sailors, airmen and Ma-rines can handle the changes.
“My condence in our ability to accomplish this work
rests primarily on the fact that our people are capable, well-
led and thoroughly professional,” he said in his written
statement July 22.
By Pfc. Park Young-ho
8th Army Public Affairs
— A memorandum of agree-ment between the Repub-lic of Korea Army AviationOperations Command andU.S. Forces Korea was signedhere July 22 to enhance air-space management for rota-ry wing operations in SouthKorea.The agreement wassigned by Maj. Gen. John A. MacDonald, United Na-tions Command, CombinedForces Command and U.S.Forces Korea Assistant Chief
of Sta (CJ3) and ROK
Army Maj. Gen. Bae My-eong-heon, commander of the ROK Army Aviation OperationsCommand.In the past ROK and U.S. rotary wing aviation assets operated on two
separate route structures with dier
ent reporting points, air trac con
trol frequencies and ight followingprocedures. As a result, air trac sys
-tem personnel had to ensure propersequencing and separation.
To mitigate risk and simplify ight
operations, USFK and AAOC repre-sentatives developed a combined air-space picture system.The CAP system consists of acombined map and route structure,common communication frequen-
cies, common ight coor
-dination centers, a FlightInformation Publications
verication program and
updates to UNC/CFC/USFKpublications as required.Bae and Macdonald have worked together on thisagreement since they werecolonels.The two leaders called
the agreement a signicant
milestone.“This is more than eatinglunch and having a conver-sation to show how strong
the alliance is,” said Mac
-donald. “I have to thank my friend for his great leader-ship in getting us to this
“I think it is very mean-ingful to sign this MOA with you,
great leaders today,” said Bae.
“This system could contribute tostrengthen the performance of Re-public of Korea Army Aviation Op-erations Command and also enhancethe [U.S.-Korea] alliance by integrat-
ROK, U.S. officials enhance helo ops
Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald (right), U.S. Forces Korea As-sistant Chief of Staff and ROK Army Maj. Gen. Bae Myeong-heon, commander of the ROK Army Aviation Operations Com-mand show an aviation agreement in writing that will enhanceair operations. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Park Young-hoPresident Barack Obama signs the certification stating that the statutory requirements for repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell have beenmet, in the Oval Office, July 22, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to thePresident and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. — White House Photo by Pete Souza
Obama certifies military ready for ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal