U.S. Army Brigadier General Tammy Smith (right) with his "spouse" Tracy Hepner (c) The New York Times
August 10, 2012 at the Memorial women at Arlington National Memorial Cemetery of the ceremony awarding Brigadier General of the U.S. Army Reserve 49-year-old Tammy S. Smith. Thus for the first time in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces was awarded the rank of general of the person who openly proclaim their homosexual orientation, and also consisting of homosexual marriage. Said Tammy S. Smith in March 2011 is officially married to Tracy Hepner. Smith and Hepner is also co-founder established in 2011, the NGO coalition military partners and families (Military Partners and Families Coalition — MPFC), designed to protect the rights of sexual minorities in the armed forces of the United States. Tracey Hepner attended the ceremony assigning the rank of general of his partner.
Tammy S. Smith graduated from the University of Oregon in 1986, then enlisted in the U.S. Army with the rank of second lieutenant. Her military service was held mostly in the rear, staff and training structures, the Army Reserve and Army. In this case, it was an intensive parachute training with lots of jumps and has two parashyutistskih icon. Also holds a PhD in Management at the University of Phoenix. From December 2010 to October 2011 with the rank of colonel was in Afghanistan, as the chief of the Army Reserve Force in Afghanistan (Chief, Army Reserve Affairs, United States Forces-Afghanistan). June 11, 2012 was appointed deputy commander of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Director of Human Resources of the U.S. Army Reserve (Director, Human Capital Core Enterprise for the United States Army Reserve).
At the ceremony of awarding Brigadier General Tammy S. Smith attended a large number of female officers who openly adhere lesbian orientation. One of them stated that the assignment of Tammy S. Smith rank of general is a "recognition that homosexuality is part of the best traditions of the Army."