December 21, 2003 |
A colonel accused of simultaneously romancing scores of women has been reprimanded and penalized $7,000 in pay. Col. Kassem Saleh, 50, was found guilty of violating military regulations by disclosing sensitive information, committing adultery and engaging in conduct unbecoming an officer. The Army announced the results of the nonjudicial disciplinary proceeding at Ft. Bragg. Saleh has been in the Army for 29 years. He returned to Ft.
August 12, 1997 |
An Air Force lieutenant who had a baby by a married superior officer and then sent sexually explicit letters to the man's wife was reprimanded Monday and ordered to forfeit $2,000 in pay. The punishment came one week after Lt. Crista Davis' case was heard in a nonjudicial administrative hearing. The Air Force decided against a court-martial, citing the possible ill effect it would have on morale. Davis was accused of conduct unbecoming an officer for her letters to the now ex-wife of Maj.
May 23, 1993
I am completely baffled by all the uproar about gays in the military ("Conduct Unbecoming," by Randy Shilts, April 25). They've been there for hundreds of years, and by no means were Rome, the United States and England known for having wimpy armies. Julius Caesar's legions were said to have affectionately called their leader "every woman's husband and every man's wife." The leader of the Third Crusade, Richard the Lionhearted, King of England, was a documented homosexual. And those Roman legions who conquered an empire and the awesome English crusaders were certainly not a demoralized, limp-wristed lot. Yet, as our laws stand now, we would deprive our military of much talent and perhaps even genius.
May 2, 1993 |
In 1978, several gay crew members of the Nathaniel Greene lived, as did their fellow sailors, in an apartment complex the Navy had rented for them. The gay roommates had fixed up their house in "high House & Garden style, and took turns preparing gourmet meals for one another." They got used to unannounced visits around mealtime from their unmarried, straight shipmates, who lived student-style and ate frozen dinners.
April 4, 1993
Re "Spelling Out Why Gays in Uniform Live in Fear (March 9): Anent the hoopla about Randy Shilts' about-to-be-published book "Conduct Unbecoming" (a lovely title), the real issue isn't should gays and lesbians be openly admitted into the armed forces. The real issue is should gays and lesbians be granted first-class citizenship, with all its protections and privileges, one of which is the privilege of being welcome to join the Armed Forces--should I be so inclined. HARRY HAY, Founder 1st Mattachine Society Los Angeles