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June 25, 2012

Another Possible First

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali was united in civil union (New Jersey still does not permit marriage) with Will Behrens in the chapel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. It was presided over by Kay Reeb, a Navy chaplain with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. "Among those attending the event held at the base's chapel was former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. service member seriously injured in the Iraq War."

Air Force Capt. Ryan Quinn, who also attended the event, said he was "amazed by the beauty" of the ceremony.

"I really do think this is an important event. And I was happy to be here with them and their families," he said. "The amount of support I've seen for them from the people (at the base) and the military community makes me proud to serve in the Air Force."

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