Bradley Kim, a sophomore at the Air Force Academy, said he hopes to be an example for other young people.
Ray Mabius made the remark on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's announcement of the ban.
The Ninth Circuit upheld an injunction against the ban, but will the Trump administration ask the Supreme Court to weigh in?
Justice Department lawyers cite the upholding of Trump's Muslim travel ban in an effort to avoid releasing documents related to the trans ban.
Transgender people were eligible to enlist as of January 1, but six months later very few have been accepted.
Democrats demanded an explanation as to why the Pentagon did not send a memo endorsing June as Pride month - the first time since the repeal of DADT in 2011.
Pride flourishes even on a battleship in the Pacific.