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Steve Loomis

Lieutenant Colonel Steve Loomis served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1997. He enlisted, completed Infantry Officer Candidate School, and within six months was sent to Vietnam where he served in the Central Highlands as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the 3d Bn 12th Inf Regt. In combat he was awarded two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, Air Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He returned to civilian life, joined the Army Reserves in Albuquerque, commanded an Engineer Company, served in senior staff positions for the 156th Area Support Group and graduated from the Command and General Staff Course on the Commandants List. He was Executive Officer of the 244th Engineer Battalion in Colorado. In 1986 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served as the Chief of Military Education for the U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center. LTC Loomis served as a Division Inspector General, where he conducted a ground breaking sexual harassment survey that included analysis of perceptions of gays in the command just prior to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. As the Chief, Engineer War Plans for III Corps following the death of North Korea’s Kim Il Song, he deployed to Korea in a war planning cell to rewrite plans for the defense of Korea. He was awarded four Meritorious Service Medals, for his work in peacetime and was selected for promotion to Colonel in 1995. While preparing for promotion, his home was arsoned and, during an illegal search, the Army discovered LTC Loomis was gay. He was discharged five days before he was eligible for his 20-year retirement. Choosing to fight his discharge, he won his retirement in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 2005. LTC Loomis is a founding member of the Bataan Chapter of the AVER. He has been interviewed on CBS 60 Minutes, spoken, and written extensively on gays in the military and actively supports gay rights. He enjoys the out of doors, photography, writing, and lives in Albuquerque with his Labrador Retriever, Alex.