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May 26, 2010 9:56 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman in Colorado Springs

The nation's top uniformed military officer is addressing Air Force Academy graduates as Congress moves toward repealing the military's ban on openly gay service members.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, is the speaker at Wednesday's graduation. The White House says Mullen is on board with a compromise to allow the military to undo its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on its own timeframe. But Mullen hasn't spoken publicly about the matter that could move through Congress this week.

The head of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., has already said that institution will adapt to the repeal of the gay ban. At Air Force, 1,001 men and women will graduate.

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