April 16, 2014 at 12:14 am EDT | by Chris Johnson
Pentagon official to deliver keynote at LGBT military dinner
Rosemary Freitas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, gay news, Washington Blade

Rosemary Williams is set to deliver the keynote address at the AMPA’s inaugural dinner (Photo public domain).

A Pentagon official is set to deliver the keynote address at an LGBT military group’s upcoming inaugural dinner in D.C., the Washington Blade has learned.

Rosemary Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, is set to keynote the American Military Partner Association’s national gala dinner on May 17 at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill.

Stephen Peters, president of the American Military Partner Association, said in a statement he’s “truly honored and excited” Williams will deliver the keynote address at his organization’s first-ever dinner.

“Our community has benefited greatly from her openness, inclusion, and support, and we look forward to formally thanking her as we celebrate our progress and our modern military families at AMPA’s inaugural gala dinner,” Peters said.

In role at the Pentagon, Williams is responsible for policy, advocacy and oversight of all community support to service members and their families. She handles quality of life issues, state liaison initiatives and family programs. Prior to her appointment, Williams served as a vice president at Reingold, Inc., a social marketing and strategic communications firm, and enjoyed a 25-year career in broadcast journalism.

According to AMPA, in addition to honoring Williams, the dinner will also recognize Tracy Johnson, the first publicly identified surviving spouse of a U.S. gay or lesbian service member killed in the line of duty.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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