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Chaplain Fighting DADT Inquiry


An Army National Guard chaplain is facing investigation after an officer accused him of coming out. Aris Fokas, a United Church of Christ minister, says he never said he was gay, but a commander at Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania has ordered an inquiry.

A higher-ranking chaplain wrote a memo in December stating that Fokas admitted to being gay during a phone conversation the previous June, leading to the investigation.

For now, Fokas remains in the guard, but his chaplain duties have been suspended, according to the Intelligencer Journal newspaper in Lancaster, Pa. Fokas, who joined the guard in 2003, said the inquiry was "trumped up," "abusive," and "a waste of administrative time."

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