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Marshall to host lecture on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Col. Gary A. Packard Jr., a permanent professor and head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., will speak at Marshall University on the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Packard's presentation, sponsored by Marshall's College of Liberal Arts, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center. The lecture is free to the public.

Packard served at the Pentagon as the Air Force writer on the Secretary of Defense's Comprehensive Review Working Group in 2010 studying the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Beginning in 1993, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was the official policy governing homosexuality among military personnel. The policy prohibited discrimination and harassment of homosexual and bisexual personnel while also prohibiting people who "demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because their presence "would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."

The policy was repealed on Sept. 20, 2011.

Packard will review the research that led to the repeal of the policy.