Feature
 Alibi V.19 No.45 • Nov 11-17, 2010 
Lt. Col. Steve Loomis (second from right) stands with his platoon in Vietnam in 1970.

News Feature

Army Strong

A gay soldier's life of service

Lt. Col. Steve Loomis was discharged from the military in 1997, five days before he was eligible for retirement. He'd been in the Army on active duty for almost 20 years and in the Reserve for another 10.

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The color guard of American Veterans for Equal Rights marched in Albuquerque’s Veterans Day Parade for the first time in 2009.
Courtesy of Steve Loomis

Feature: Schedule

Veterans Day Events

Thursday, November 11

• “Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Healing the Damages”

Panel with Col. Victor Fehrenbach, Lt. Col. Steve Loomis, Major Patricia Baillie and Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Rocha. Held at UNM School of Law (1117 Stanford NE), Room 2401. 7 p.m.

•  Albuquerque Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony

Parade from Bullhead Park, then music by the NMARNG 44th Army Band, fallen warrior tribute and speakers at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial (1100 Louisiana SE). Park-and-ride available; call 311 for details. 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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