Few snags seen at AF Academy when ban on gays ends

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Some gay and lesbian graduates of the Air Force Academy predict the school will make a smooth transition when the military ends its “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule this year.

Greg Mooneyham, a 1987 Academy graduate, says he doesn’t think the change will be a big issue. Mooneyham is executive director of the Blue Alliance, an association of gay and lesbian alumni.

The Defense Department is moving to lift the ban on openly gay and lesbian service members by the end of the year at the direction of Congress and President Barack Obama.

Air Force Academy officials say they can’t discuss their preparations because they’re waiting for guidance from Air Force higher-ups. But the academy superintendent told cadets, faculty and staff in late January that “we will get this right.”