The US Air Force now has the highest ranking out officer in the country’s military.
In a late May ceremony, Patricia ‘Trish’ Rose was promoted to major general. The proceedings were
led by her direct supervisor, General Janet Wolfenbarger, the first female four-star general in the Air Force.
Also in attendance was Major General Rose’s wife, retired Naval officer Julie Roth.
‘Our congratulations go out to Major General Rose and Lieutenant Roth, both for General Rose’s promotion and for their integrity in being honest and open about who they are,’ said Allyson Robinson. executive director of OutServe-SLDN, in a statement.
OutServe is a nonprofit advocacy organization involved with LGBT military members, veterans and their families.
A logistician, the major general served assignments in both aircraft maintenance and transportation in seven different commands. Her reserve assignments include command of the 36th Aerial Port Squadron at McChord AFB, Washington. The squadron was selected for an Air Force outstanding unit award and named the Air Reserve component aerial port unit of the year.
Rose and Roth married in their home state of Washington after same sex marriage became legal in the northwestern state late last year.
‘I’m particularly proud of the Air Force, and of our Reserve components, for continuing to demonstrate that our diversity is our strength,’ said Josh Seefried, co-chair of OutServe-SLDN’s board of directors.