Former Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hall, discharged under the repealed "don't ask, don't tell" law, was chosen as one of eight Americans to serve as a "citizen co-chair" of the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21. ()
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Former Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hall, discharged under the repealed "don't ask, don't tell" law, was chosen as one of eight Americans to serve as a "citizen co-chair" of the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Hall is now director of development at OutServe-SLDN, a nonpartisan legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered equality to America's military.
Each of the eight individuals is meant to represent President Obama's first-term accomplishments, a new inaugural tradition that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden decided to launch to honor all of the Americans who can relate to the stories of the co-chairs.
According to the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, each co-chair will join Americans in all 50 states and will participate in the Jan. 19 National Day of Service. On Inauguration Day, the co-chairs will take part in the inaugural parade, riding on the "Our People, Our Future" float, and attending the Inaugural Ball.
"This is certainly the honor of a lifetime, and I am grateful to President Obama for his leadership in repealing ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell' so that no qualified American who wants to serve this country in uniform will ever again be denied that right simply because they are gay or lesbian," Hall said in a news release.
Hall joined the Air Force in March 1996. He was promoted to staff sergeant and graduated as a distinguished graduate from Airman Leadership School. After re-enlisting for another four years, he applied for Air Force ROTC and was selected under the Professional Officer Course - Early Release Program.
He received a pilot slot but was disenrolled for "homosexual conduct" in August 2002 after a fellow cadet told his commanders that Hall was gay. Following the Air Force, Hall worked on the successful repeal of DADT through Out Serve-SLDN.