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Navy Region Hawaii Gets Smart on DADT Repeal

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110411-18

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Navy Region Hawaii conducted "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal Tier 3 training for all Sailors and civilians at Sharkey Theater on board Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 8.

Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, and Command Master Chief (CMC) Patricia Roebuck, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, provided the training.

"We are currently providing education to every member of the Navy, including all active duty Sailors and civilian government employees, to make sure they understand the military's policy on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell," said Smith. "This forum is to let everyone know what is changing and what is not changing, and this also allows us to provide answers to the questions they have."

The Navy is currently providing three levels of training. Tier 1 is provided to experts who may deal frequently with repeal issues, including chaplains, judge advocates and military law enforcement personnel. Tier 2 is provided to command leadership, including commanding officers, executive officers and command master chiefs. Tier 3 is for the greater fleet, which includes the active force, reserve force and civilians.

Smith and Roebuck spoke about the importance for Sailors and civilians to receive training on the DADT repeal policy.

"We want to make sure all personnel have facts and not rumors," Smith said. "We also want them to have the ability to ask questions and understand that this is about policy, not beliefs."

"It is important that all Sailors and civilians know what the policy is for the DADT repeal and that is why senior leadership is conducting this training -- to clear up any misconceptions that they may have had," added Roebuck.

The current DADT policy remains in effect. The final repeal will not occur until 60 days after the president, secretary of defense and chairman of the joint chiefs certify to Congress that the repeal can be made in a manner consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces. Additionally, no policies, regulations or benefits will change until 60 days after the final repeal.

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