Former Air Force Major Mike Almy had once been named one of the top officers in his career field, but that didn’t matter – Almy was discharged in 2006 under the now repealed “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
Today (March 15), he was vindicated when he settled his discharge lawsuit with the Defense Department, according to OutServe.
Almy’s settlement was the third and final case in Almy v. U.S. Department of Defense. The lawsuit, filed in 2010, challenged the constitutionality of three plaintiffs' discharges under DADT and sought their reinstatement to active duty. Almy’s settlement did not include reinstatement.
“The settlement we announce today is an excellent conclusion to this case,” said Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson. “Mike will receive service credit and a cash payment, and will finally be able to move beyond his discharge under Don't Ask, Don't Tell nearly eight years to the day after he was fired.”
Resolutions had already been reached in the two other cases. In December 2011, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels was reinstated in the U.S. Navy as a linguist. Then in April 2012, a resolution was reached on behalf of Staff Sergeant Tony Loverde, who was reinstated in the Air Force.
In 2005 during a directed search of private emails, Almy’s messages to his then-boyfriend were discovered and forwarded to his commander. He was relieved of his duties, his security clearance was suspended, and part of his pay was terminated.
Almy joined the Air Force ROTC in 1988. By 1991 he had graduated and earned his jump wings. He went on active duty in 1993, just as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was signed into law by President Clinton. Almy had four deployments to the Middle East in his career, including his last deployment where he led a team of nearly 200 men and women to operate and maintain the systems used to control the air space over Iraq.