Tammy Smith is Major General in the United States Army and in 2012 she became the first-ever openly gay U.S. General. Tammy is married to her longtime love, Tracey. Before the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prevented open military service by lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, she says she felt she had two groups of people she interacted with — coworkers and people “off the grid,” with whom she could share her true self. Tammy says one of the best parts of serving post-DADT repeal is being able to live with Tracey in military housing, just like any other couple.
“I hope that my example is you can have a good, productive life and align your personal values with your organizational values,” Tammy said. “People ask me all the time what it was like to ‘burst through the glass ceiling.’ I say I didn’t — I pushed through the tunnel that all the people before me had made.”