It’s about people, not policy: One transgender airman’s story

buch Its about people, not policy: One transgender airmans story

Staff Sgt. Ashleigh Buch looks out over the city of Omaha from her apartment Oct. 20, 2016. (Photo by SRA Rachel Hammes, 55th Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ashleigh Buch is the first openly serving transgender airman to be recommended for a return to flying duties.

Buch, who is stationed at Offutt AFB, transitioned successfully after DoD policy regarding transgender service members changed in 2016.

Command Master Sergeant Stephen Malette played an important role in her transition.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he is barring transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

Watch the video to learn more about Buch’s journey:



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