Smith will take her new post at an 11 a.m. change of command ceremony on Nov. 8 at the parade field adjacent to the National Infantry Museum. When she was promoted to brigadier general in 2012, Smith became the first openly gay general in the Army. Smith replaces Brig. Gen. Michaelene Kloster.
The Army repealed its “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy on same-sex relationships in September 2011. Smith’s relationship with her wife, Tracey Hepner, became public in April 2012 when Smith was promoted to brigadier general. In Army tradition, Hepner pinned the star on her spouse.
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