Flag officers are commissioned military officers who are entitled to fly a flag marking their command.
“Brigadier General Smith made history today — not only as an exemplary service member who renders outstanding service to our nation with integrity and honor — but as a proud lesbian acknowledging the tremendous sacrifice her family makes in order for her to serve and advance,” Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said in a press release.
The Pentagon’s longtime ban on openly gay service members ended in September.
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