The first out gay woman has died in combat in the US Military.
Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen fought for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and was one of the first lesbians to marry in the US military.
She was one of six US troops killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
Friends and family posted on Facebook to pay tributes to Major Vorderbruggen, and send condolences to her wife and son.
Vorderbruggen is survived by her wife Heather and her son Jacob, who live near Washington DC.
“We do find comfort in knowing that Heather and Jacob are no longer in the shadows and will be extended the rights and protections due any American military family as they move through this incredibly difficult period in their lives,” a post on Facebook from Military Partners and Families Coalition read.
The Major was killed alongside five others in the attack near Bagram air base on Monday.
Alongside Major Vorderbruggen, New York City Detective Joseph Lemm was also killed.
The 15-year NYPD veteran also volunteered in the US Air National Guard.
“Detective Joseph Lemm epitomised the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first,” New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement.