Governor releases statement on President's transgender Tweet

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - After President Trump Tweeted his announcement that transgenders will no longer be allowed to serve in the military, Governor Brian Sandoval issued a statement:

“Yesterday, upon learning of the President’s Twitter announcement that transgender individuals will no longer be allowed to serve in the United States military, I immediately requested information on what protections the State could put into place for those individuals serving in the Nevada National Guard. Under advisement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I have directed the Nevada National Guard to make no modifications to the current policy, unless instructed to by the Secretary of Defense. Nevada has a long history of treating our military and veteran community with the dignity and honor they deserve. In the past I’ve signed into law protections for these vulnerable communities, including Senate Bill 148 which requires the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to provide resources for LGBT veterans that were dishonorably discharged because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

"As Commander in Chief of the Nevada National Guard, I support Guardsman Hunt and am thankful for his longstanding service to our state and country. We will serve all of the members of our military as well as they serve us and give them the full respect they have earned. They deserve nothing less.”

Nevada Guard Sgt. Sam Hunt released this response to the President's tweet:

"People referred to me as a man before my military career and throughout much of my early service before the transgender ban was lifted. When President Obama removed the ban last year, I felt I could openly serve as a man. I was officially informed earlier this month that the Department of Defense approved my transition from female to male. But as a non-commissioned officer, I completely understand orders come from above. As of today, my supervisors and commanders have not informed me of any changes to my status as a male soldier in the Nevada Army National Guard. Until told otherwise, I will continue serving this nation and state, as I have since 2009."

Hunt serves one weekend a month and two weeks a year as an electrician in the Guard's G Company, 2/238th General Support Aviation Battalion.

The Nevada National Guard released this statement:

"We refer all questions about the President's statements to the White House. The Nevada National Guard will await future Department of Defense policy changes to address the new guidance provided by the commander-in-chief on transgender individuals serving the military. While we await further guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, leaders expect commanders to continue to take care of our soldiers and airmen and treat everyone with dignity and respect."