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Oct 9, 2009 10:11 AM by Associated Press

Ex-prof says academy punished her for talk by gays

A former Air Force Academy instructor says she was disciplined and barred from teaching after inviting three gay academy graduates to speak to one of her classes about the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Edie Disler said Thursday she was given a "letter of counseling" that said she should have gotten her department head's approval beforehand.

Disler says there was no such requirement. Disler says her punishment was meant to "send a strong message to the faculty that this topic will not be discussed by someone in uniform."

Academy spokesman John Van Winkle says Disler was disciplined for violating established policy. He says the academy routinely invites speakers on controversial topics.

Disler was an Air Force lieutenant colonel at the time of the incident in November. She later retired but says that was planned beforehand.

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