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posted Friday, December 25, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 52
Lesbian Air Force investigator among six killed in Afghanistan
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Lesbian Air Force investigator among six killed in Afghanistan

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

An openly Lesbian Air Force investigator and a New York City police detective were among those killed in this week's Taliban attack, the deadliest insurgent assault on U.S. troops in Afghanistan in at least three years and a sign of mounting militant violence in that country.

Air Force Maj. Adrianna Vorderbruggen, 36, died in Monday's attack. According to the U.S. Air Force, an explosive-laden motorcycle detonated near the group of American troops conducting a patrol near Bagram.

Vorderbruggen and her partner, Air Force veteran Heather Lamb, had been advocates for repealing the ban on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' After nearly two decades the U.S. Military lifted the openly-LGB service ban in 2011.

Information on her LinkedIn page suggests that Vorderbruggen attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and George Washington University. In 2010, she began working as a special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, a federal law enforcement arm of the Air Force that investigates felony-level crimes in the United States and overseas.

Prior to the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Vorderbruggen was forced to conceal much of her home life. When Lamb was preparing to give birth to the couple's first baby, shortly before the law's repeal, Vorderbruggen had to secretly schedule her leave to coincide with her partner being in labor, a friend told The Washington Post.

The Military Partners and Families Coalition, which advocates for the families of LGBT service members, had a baby shower for the couple, with gifts including camouflage booties.

According to the Post story, 'The year after their son Jacob's birth, Vorderbruggen and Lamb were married at the Botanical Gardens in Washington DC.'

According to Pentagon records, Monday's attack brings the number of American service members killed in Afghanistan operations this year to 21 and Vorderbruggen's death marks the first time an openly Lesbian service member has been killed in action.

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