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No Formal Reprimand For General Who Publicly Opposed 'Don't Ask' Repeal

An Army general who spoke out against repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that bars gays from serving in the military will not be fired or formally reprimanded, the Associated Press reports, although his public opposition to the wishes of his commander in chief did previously prompt sharp criticism from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Army Secretary John McHugh told reporters today that the matter is closed concerning Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon and a letter the general wrote that was published in Stars and Stripes on March 8.

In that letter, Mixon said that:

"It is often stated that most servicemembers are in favor of repealing the policy. I do not believe that is accurate. I suspect many servicemembers, their families, veterans and citizens are wondering what to do to stop this ill-advised repeal of a policy that has achieved a balance between a citizen's desire to serve and acceptable conduct."

He went on to urge members of the military to "write your elected officials and chain of command and express your views."

President Barack Obama, as well as Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen and many other top Pentagon brass and officials, support the repeal of "Don't Ask."