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Maj. Margaret Witt: In 2011, I Will ...

By Maj. Margaret Witt December 20, 2010

PubliCola asked 2010 newsmakers to tell us what their 2011 resolutions were. We kick off our first annual Political New Year's Resolution series with Maj. Margaret Witt.

For the past couple of weeks, we've been asking you to guess what a diverse crew of local political figures—Republican AG Rob McKenna; Don't Ask, Don't Tell plaintiff Maj. Margaret Witt; Tea Party guy Clint Didier; and progressive poster boy, newly elected state house Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34, W. Seattle) among others—have in common.

Here's the answer: They've all got political New Year's resolutions for 2011 (not just the typical ones about working out), and they took the time to share them with us.

We're excited to introduce PubliCola's first annual Political Resolutions.

Appropriately enough (given this weekend's big news out of D.C.), we're kicking things off with Maj. Margaret Witt, the Air Force nurse who challenged her dismissal under the U.S. military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell rule and won reinstatement in September after a federal appeals court in Tacoma said DADT was unconstitutional.

Witt emailed us her resolution late Friday afternoon, less than 24-hours before the U.S. Senate voted 65-31 to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, making the last part of Witt's resolution a done deal. Congrats Maj. Witt. And happy New Year.—Eds
My hope for the coming year is to fulfill the goal I’ve had for the past six years: To serve my country as a flight nurse in the U.S. Air Force – again!

It should be a simple goal. After all, I served as an Air Force flight nurse for more than 18 years and did a good job of it. My superiors agreed – they gave me good evaluations and promotions. The Air Force used my face on posters for a recruiting campaign.

But because of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I’ve had to wait a long time and do a lot of work to reach this goal. I’m resolved that 2011 will be The Year to finally reach it. A federal court has said that the Air Force should reinstate me as soon as possible, and my lawyers are talking to the Air Force about how to make this happen.

I’m ready! I’m ready to be the first openly lesbian or gay person to serve in the military by court order under DADT.

I’m resolved to wear the new Airman’s Battle Uniform. It’s camouflage style, and when you wear it, everybody blends in to the background. So I’ll be able to fulfill another part of my goal: to be known simply as a flight nurse, not a lesbian flight nurse.

And my final resolution is to celebrate the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with thousands of gays and lesbians serving honorably in the military. ---Major Margaret Witt
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