- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith became our first openly gay general on Friday when she was promoted from colonel. It is an interesting moment, in part because it is so uncontroversial.