, 2022-06-23 13:03:00,
Army Reserve Civil Affairs Officer reflects on Service and Family during LGBTQ Month
Story by: Ms. Saska Ball, USACAPOC(A) PAO
FORT BRAGG, N.C.— Throughout June, the Army joins the nation in paying tribute to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The month was chosen to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
“It is important to share my overall experience in the Army during pride month so that everyone can see that all types of people serve our country,” said Capt. Shannon Woodman, chief of operations, with the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion located in Newport, Rhode Island.
Woodman served as both an enlisted Soldier and commissioned officer during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy era and was attending the Basic Officer Leadership Course when the repeal was announced.
With the repeal, The Army openly recognized the value of individual talent, backgrounds and perspectives in accomplishing its mission, to include LGBTQ Soldiers and their selfless service.
“I remember my schoolhouse company commander made an announcement regarding the repeal,” recounted Woodman. “I told him afterward that I appreciated how he handled it. He continued to check in on me during the course and talk about how things were going.”
The emotion she feels when thinking about that moment can be summed up in one word—relief. Relief that she would no longer have to skirt around issues, tell half truths or edit who she was. She was free to serve her Nation and be her true self.
Her ability to continue to serve led to a serendipitous discovery about her family’s…
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