From the Army Times:
WEST POINT, N.Y. — President Obama on Tuesday appointed an openly gay former Army officer to the U.S. Military Academy’s Board of Visitors.
Former Capt. Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, a founding board member of OutServe, an association of actively serving gay military personnel, is also co-founder and executive director of Knights Out, an organization of gay West Point graduates. She graduated in 1980 with the first West Point class to include women.
After receiving her commission, Fulton served in the Army Signal Corps for five years in Germany. She commanded a military intelligence company and was honorably discharged.
Fulton is the first openly gay member of the academy’s board.
Since leaving the service, Fulton has worked for Schering-Plough/Merck and Procter & Gamble, and she spent time volunteering in the U.S., India and Israel.
West Point’s Board of Visitors, comprised of nine members of Congress and six presidential appointees, is tasked with providing advice and recommendations on matters concerning the academy to the president.
Former congressman and Iraq war veteran Patrick Murphy, an outspoken advocate for the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” was recently appointed to the board.