Skip to comments.Aviano pair is first same-sex AF couple to get Join Spouse assignment
Posted on 09/13/2013 5:44:47 PM PDT by markomalley
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany What a difference a few months can make.
Or, for one Air Force couple, what a difference a historic court ruling for gay rights has made.
Less than three months after the U.S. Supreme Court repealed the Defense of Marriage Act, Master Sgt. Angela Shunk and her wife, Tech. Sgt. Stacey Shunk, received word that the Air Force, after earlier denying their repeated requests for join spouse consideration, was sending them both to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for their next assignment.
The decision makes the Shunks the first same-sex couple in the Air Force to receive an assignment together under the services Join Spouse program since the high court in June struck down the 1996 federal law that defined marriage as a union only between a man and a woman.
Their application for a joint assignment was accepted on the same day they submitted their last application, Sept. 3. That was the first day the Pentagon made a range of federal benefits available to same-sex spouses of members of the military.
It was really great. We were really excited, Angela Shunk said in a phone interview this week from Aviano Air Base, Italy, where she and Stacey Shunk are currently assigned. Were so happy the process is finally over and were going to be stationed at the same location.
A spokesman with the Air Force Personnel Center said this week that the Air Force has received three applications for a same-sex join spouse assignment and so far approved one.
The Shunks were told theirs was the first application to be approved. An Aviano news release published Thursday confirmed they were the first.
Each branch of the service has programs that try to match military spouses with jobs at the same base. The Air Force doesnt guarantee join spouse assignment, but will typically accommodate active-duty couples if there are valid staffing needs for both airmens career fields at the same location. Same-sex couples werent given this consideration prior to the repeal of DOMA because the law prevented U.S. government entities from recognizing their marriages.
For the Shunks, the end of DOMA came almost too late. In May, Stacey Shunk received orders to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and in July, Angela Shunk learned her next assignment was at Hill Air Force Base. The Air Force first looked at those locations to see if they could find assignments for them both.
Of course, we were hoping for Hawaii, Angela Shunk said with a laugh.
Aim high, Air Force...
I was dragged kicking & screaming into retirement less than three years ago based solely on age max out. Swore I would hate not being part of The Big Picture.
Now, I watch in horror from outside but am glad I’m not having to deal with the perversity, duplicity, and dishonor that now infests our once-proud military.
Maybe Alzheimer’s will be a blessing in disguise.
What are the odds they apply for family housing just so they can shove their perversions into the faces of normal service members with normal families. Kiss kiss off to work we go...
The rainbow flag goes up and it’s either keep silent about the brazen advertisement that “crimes against nature are committed here”, or keep the kids away and shun these attention hos and be labeled a hater and troublemaker by a) the dykes, b) the “tolerant” idiots in the neighborhood, c) the housing management, and of course d) the homophobe airmens’ chain of command.
SOP for sociopathic bullies who thrive on mental warfare.
Natural laws learned over thousands of years were mocked, ridiculed, overturned, and even outlawed. Toward the end, homosexual drill sergeants prowled the barracks grooming receptive teenage recruits. Hey, we were told, its their business, and who are you to judge them? Later, they could get married in the post-interfaith worship center by a military spiritual advisor (chapels and chaplains having been purged from the lexicon for favoring the Christian faiths) and then move on to adopting children.
And finally, the last old-guard bunker to fall: the Boy Scouts, completing the cycle of government-approved sodomite corruption. For a century the Scouts were morally straight? According to whose definition of straight? So why shouldnt adult homosexual Scout leaders share tents with teenagers in our brave new world? Dont be a homophobe, we were told. Each child can make his or her own free choice about their gender identity, but now with helpful adult mentors to guide them along the formerly forbidden paths.
If it feels good, do it. Or have it done to you. Or even do it unto the little children. Tommy wants to become Tomasina before heading to kindergarten? Her brave new mommy agrees? A government-provided surgeon will perform the gender reassignment operation. And if kindergarten isnt soon enough to put the kids on the unrepressed road to gender identification, then start them on Heather Has Two Mommies and Prince and Prince cartoon books in the government-subsidized day care centers.
Smiling experts assured us that we were merely throwing off the shackles of our repressed sexualities. Dissent is hate, and hate is not tolerated around here, mister, so shut up and get with the program. Well, I couldnt get with the program, so I quit my public high school job. As a world history teacher, moving from a public school to a Christian academy (at less pay and fewer benefits) gave me a couple more years of insulation from the social wreckage cascading down.
I kept looking up for the big asteroid, but we didnt need God to smite us from outer space. In the end, we smote ourselves with our hubris, believing that we were replacing Gods wisdom with our own. The proud decadence and in-your-face cultural perversions didnt cause the Rupture, but they were surely flashing red signs warning that the end was near.
This is an all-out assault on reality and reason. IOW truth itself. The persecution isn’t directed specifically at Christians or others who hold to traditional values. Although those groups naturally comprise a large subset of targets, it is an attack on any souls who reject fedzilla’s “authority” to makes up lies and call them the truth.
We are to accept the lying pronouncements of god of this world (government) as Gospel truth, or suffer the consequences for failure to worship. Convert or die.
God is not mocked. It won’t be long now. The lemmings are almost at the cliff’s edge. The bad news is that the good will go over with the bad. The good news is that it won’t be the end, but the beginning of a new era. I hope. (And I hope you will read my short story posted above, “Alas, Brave New Babylon.)
Probably going to bring a little show and tell to the base, and make a little extra money for their private shows.....
Made it out of there myself, apparently just in time.
Would NOT recommend, and would actively discourage any young kids from joining these days.
And thank you for serving.
All for DOMA, etc, but it is rather stupid to get in a twist about this. Hell, every military branch should be, as a matter of habit, trying to assign even unmarried couples who both serve to assignments in the same areas, if and when possible. Whining just because a location was found that needed both specialties that happen to belong to a pair who would like to be together, and that happy coincidence was used in making an assignment, is devoid of any common sense.
I said a few years ago that a Pandoras box was about to opened.
It has been.
Pandora’s easy open pop top box....
Yes it has. Now we reap the whirlwind.
I've seen the stickers on the inside of urinals - starting to make sense.
I wonder is Shunk's "wife's maiden name was Jive...
The dumb asses are still trying to figure out why discipline is bad, morale is in the toilet, sexual assaults are an epidemic, suicides are up, etc. etc. No general has the balls to stand up. I have written the same on the surveys we get almost monthly on how to fix all these ills.