Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm., speaks during a press conference at a U.S base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008. The top U.S. military officer says that up to 30,000 extra American troops could be sent to Afghanistan next year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
February 2, 2010 10:36:02 AM PST
By ANNE FLAHERTY and ANNE GEARAN
WASHINGTON - February 2, 2010 --
The military's top uniformed officer declared Tuesday that gays should be allowed to serve openly in uniform, arguing that it is "the right thing to do."