Super Colonel

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Colonel is a senior military officer rank below the brigadier and general officer ranks. The first use of colonel as a rank in a national army was in the French "National Legions." By the late 19th
century, colonel was a professional military rank though still held typically by an officer in command of a regiment or equivalent unit. Glenn served as a colonel in the Washington National Guard
and became a gay rights activist.

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Colonel is a senior military officer rank below the brigadier and general officer ranks. However, in some small military forces, such as those of Iceland or the Vatican, colonel is the highest rank. The rank of colonel is typically above the rank of lieutenant colonel. The rank above colonel is typically called brigadier. The first use of colonel as a rank in a national army was in the French "National Legions." By the late 19th century, colonel was a professional military rank though still held typically by an officer in command of a regiment or equivalent unit.

Glenn served as a colonel in the Washington National Guard and became a gay rights activist. When she was 19 she joined the Army Nurse Corps as a student. At the University of Washington School of Nursing, she earned a master's degree and later a Ph.D.

She had a 15-year marriage to a man and they had four sons. When she was 46, she met the woman who later became her wife, Diane. The National Guard began military discharge proceedings against her when they found out she was a lesbian. At the end of the proceedings she was honorably discharged. But Glenn was not happy with the decision. She filed a lawsuit against the decision in civil court. The judge ruled that her discharge and the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military were unconstitutional.

As a result, "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT), the official United States policy on military service by gays, bisexuals, and lesbians, was instituted by the Clinton Administration on February 28, 1994. That meant gays, bisexuals, and lesbians were "Serving in Silence." Glenn definitely made a lot of "Damages" to the preconceptions in the U.S. Army.

Gays, bisexuals, and lesbians will never have a "Paradise Road" for themselves. But they hope for a "Reversal of Fortune" in the future. "Dangerous Liaisons" are forbidden in the army when it involves two persons of the same sex. "The Big Chill" is in the shower where "Fatal Attraction" may occur. The "Immediate Family" can be an issue too as "The House of the Spirits" is a "Crooked House."

For Glenn, the "South Pacific" was a place "Too Far To Go" to have an "American Experience." That's why she never left Washington. I guess she just wanted a "Closer Walk" to "Home." Glenn didn't need "Father Figures." She was "The Lady with the Torch" who made "Tarzan" and the "Guardians of the Galaxy" look ordinary. No "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" as Glenn was better than "Pinocchio" at telling lies.

Despite being part of the U.S. Army, Glenn was against "Warcraft." She was all about "Meeting Venus." "The Real Thing" was "Love for Love." "A Delicate Balance" between love and hate would throw "The Crazy Locomotive" of war "Into the Woods." "The Rules of the Game" should be made by "The Winter Dancers" instead of "The Lion in Winter."

"The Member of the Wedding" would be "Uncommon Women and Others." The "Benefactors" wouldn't be "The Crucifer of Blood." No "Broken Hearts, Broken Homes." So "The Normal Heart" wouldn't suffer.

Glenn claimed that being a lesbian was not a mental illness. She was probably right.

"It is an odd paradox that a society, which can now speak openly and unabashedly about topics that were once unspeakable, still remains largely silent when it comes to mental illness."

They remain largely silent when it comes to gays, bisexuals, and lesbians in the Army too ( Don't ask, don't tell).

"What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation."

Society and people also need more sunlight, more candor and more unashamed conversation. And the Army?

"Be aware of your inner voice and follow it, even though most of the time it will tell you the most uncomfortable path to choose."

I wonder what Glenn's inner voice told her.

"I never wanted to be a man. I feel sorry for them."

Indeed, she chose the most uncomfortable path. And it made the U.S. Army very uncomfortable.

"So, goodnight Glenn. "The Rules of the Game" should be "Love for Love." This is the only "Paradise Road."


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