According to Associated Press/Stars & Stripes, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali “joined” his partner, Will Behrens, in a civil union ceremony Saturday at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. I’m just not surprised that it was the Air Force…sorry, I couldn’t resist;
The ceremony was performed at the base chapel by Navy chaplain Kay Reeb, according to the article.
The couple issued a statement carried in the article: “We are so honored to be a part of this historic moment to be one of the first gay couples allowed to unite in a civil union on a military base.”
So a Navy chaplain conducted the same sex union ceremony for an Air Force guy? No surprises there.
Being that I’m an unemployed NCO, I’m more concerned with Umali in that picture. Does the Air Force usually allow their enlisted airmen to mix ribbons and miniature medals on their uniform? The only thing more gay than the ceremony is wearing the uniform improperly. I know the picture isn’t clear, but it looks to me like there’s some redundancy in the ribbons, too. I guess that Soup Sandwich has raised the bar for the number of awards airmen feel they should be wearing in public.