Don't Ask, Don't Tell | Military | News | Victor Fehrenbach

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach Sues to Block Discharge Under DADT


Heavily-decorated Air Force flight officer Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, believing he's about to be discharged under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, has filed court papers to block that discharge, the NYT reports:

"On Wednesday, Colonel Fehrenbach’s lawyers filed papers in Idaho federal court requesting a temporary order blocking his discharge. The petition contends that a discharge would violate Colonel Fehrenbach’s rights, cause him irreparable harm and fail to meet standards established in a 2008 federal court ruling on don’t ask, don’t tell...

...Lawyers for Colonel Fehrenbach assert that his case is among the most egregious applications of the policy in their experience. The Air Force investigation into his sexuality began with a complaint from a civilian that was eventually dismissed by the Idaho police and the local prosecutor as unfounded, according to court papers. Colonel Fehrenbach has never publicly said that he is gay. However, during an interview with an Idaho law enforcement official, he acknowledged having consensual sex with his accuser. Colonel Fehrenbach’s lawyers say he did not realize Air Force investigators were observing that interview; his admission led the Air Force to open its 'don’t ask' investigation."

Fehrenbach is a 19-year veteran of the Air Force, whose training is estimated to have cost the military $25 million.

Fehrenbach has appeared many times on The Rachel Maddow Show. In July, he talked to Maddow about the recent DADT survey and his status with regard to the discharge.

Watch that interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. kick their ass, Colonel

    Posted by: anon | Aug 11, 2010 8:17:09 PM

  2. he's a smart, smart guy...this is the next chapter. he'll get a boise/olson lawyer team together, and another great decision is forthcoming!!

    Posted by: shanesoho | Aug 11, 2010 8:53:15 PM

  3. Fight them in the courts. This is the way forward. Finally, we have learned the lessons of the civil rights struggle.

    Posted by: Greg | Aug 11, 2010 9:23:49 PM

  4. It's a shame seeing this smart, courageous man have to discuss something that is clearly so beneath his dignity. I wish everyone in favor of DADT were being made aware that Colonel Fehrenbach's training cost $25 million. It's a shame that only on blogs or networks that are preaching to the choir to they really get at how high the cost - financial and otherwise - is of this stupid, bigoted policy.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 11, 2010 9:33:29 PM

  5. This is so stupid. You'd think the military would realize they're hurting themselves as much as they're hurting the LGBT community.

    Posted by: River Kali | Aug 11, 2010 10:18:17 PM

  6. Best of Luck Colonel. Know that the hearts and minds of all your brothers and sisters are behind you all the way!

    Posted by: mIKEM | Aug 11, 2010 10:18:29 PM

  7. On her Wednesday night show Rachael Maddow ran the stories of four DADT personal tragedies. She also basically awarded Obama a "no balls" award.

    She did. She really did. In almost those words.

    A don't miss show.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 11, 2010 11:18:08 PM

  8. Good luck, sir. You deserve a hell of a lot better than this country is giving you.

    Posted by: ichabod | Aug 11, 2010 11:20:12 PM

  9. Colonel, I salute you...(in more ways than one!)

    Posted by: A.G, | Aug 12, 2010 12:21:32 AM

  10. Good luck with you!!!

    Posted by: Pandora Bracelet | Aug 12, 2010 2:17:59 AM

  11. What's very clear in this case is that the civilian who brought this up is a complete dickhead and the colonel's rights were abused by not knowing the Air Force was viewing his discussion with Idaho law enforcement (though, of course, as a member of the military you give up lots of rights that civilians enjoy).

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 12, 2010 2:51:33 AM

  12. Don't we live in a wonderful country !!and such a great President .... all such bullshit. Where is Obama's promises to us ???? He turned out to be just ANOTHER politician .. willing to say ANYTHING to get into office , once in .... nothing... nothing at all ..Oh joy we are asked to roll eggs at the white house lawn !!! Obama has no balls or honor in his word

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Aug 12, 2010 3:43:12 AM

  13. WTF is wrong with America now a days? Sayin Don't Ask Don't Tell when the 1st amendment states we have freedom of speech. What a shame this world has become

    Posted by: Sasha | Aug 12, 2010 3:45:26 AM

  14. Sir, I hope with every fiber of my being that you get to continue to serve our Country. I want to thank you for the years of service and dedication you have given to all of us, including the ones trying to take your career away from you. You sir make me proud to be an American.

    Posted by: Dr. Shawn | Aug 12, 2010 5:54:35 AM

  15. Yum!

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 12, 2010 8:43:58 AM

  16. Hope the guy that outed him at least had a good pussy on him.

    Posted by: dards | Aug 12, 2010 9:31:06 AM

  17. you can see the crazy in his eyes.....

    Posted by: Crazy | Aug 12, 2010 11:12:19 AM

  18. Nobody ASKED, nobody TOLD! WTF!!!

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 12, 2010 11:35:48 AM

  19. So they wait 19 years before deciding he isn't worthy to be part of the military? One year away from retirement eligibility?
    That is bogus. Go after them big time. This is senseless.

    Posted by: Donna S | Aug 12, 2010 11:37:24 AM

  20. And yet he still refuses to call for a moratorium on DADT discharges. What's wrong with this guy?

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Aug 12, 2010 1:07:17 PM

  21. For God's sake, if you get the job done, as Lt. Col. Fehrenbach has done, who the hell cares who you kiss goodnight?

    Posted by: Scott Kjeer | Aug 12, 2010 10:09:12 PM

  22. If this isn't repealed post haste (before the next election cycle, or stopping the enforcement of the policy until it is repealed), the military admin is a joke. And as a joke, I suggest that we get something out of other than just laughs...those uniforms, for example, are empty ad space. I want soldiers wearing chiptole, valvoline, hellman's, wendy's, samsung, philips, and sony! If we're petty and unethical enough to disrespect the men and women who serve this country voluntarily by denying them the right to do so based on groundless bigotry, then surely we are morally bankrupt enough to use soldiers as ad space.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 12, 2010 10:26:32 PM

  23. Young as he is, he has been a smart and experienced veteran. He is really a lucky dog!

    Posted by: Juicycouturejewelry | Aug 19, 2010 8:00:39 PM

  24. Thank you for the entertainment.Love those puffy clouds...Awww so sweet and lovely:) Kisses and hugs, darling
    i will be much missed.

    Posted by: scarves | Feb 22, 2011 4:46:33 AM

Post a comment


« «Watch: Maggie Gallagher Slams Prop 8 Judge's 'Judicial Activism' « «