In a speech to this US Military Academy graduates, Vice President Joe Biden praised the importance of diversity on the fighting field. He also acknowledged West Point's first out class president.
'Having men and women together in the battlefield is an incredible asset, particularly when they're asked to lead teams in parts of the world with fundamentally different expectations and norms,' the vice president said yesterday, 21 May, to 950 graduating cadets at Michie Stadium.
The stadium is located on the academy campus on the Hudson River.
Eugene 'EJ' Coleman is the class president of this year's graudates. As Biden noted, the out first captain would have been kicked out of the military if Don't Ask, Don't Tell was still on the books.
Officially repealed in 2010, the policy allowed bisexual, gay, and lesbians troops to serve but they were required to be in the closet.
'EJ would have been discharged from the Army, and we would have lost an incredible talent,' Biden said. 'I expect we’re going to hear big things from you, pal,' he added.
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