In 1986, E3 Kevin Tengesdal (Navy, 1986-1988) desired to leave North Dakota to discover the world. First, he inspected various colleges in the Puget Sound area of Washington and explored the job market there. With the encouragement of his brothers, he then decided to join the Navy. He started basic training at Chicago and then attended operation specialist tech school at Dam Neck near Virginia Beach, Va. In 1987, Tengesdal was transferred to his permanent duty station aboard the USS England CG22. The ship was in dry-dock in Long Beach before returning to its homeport of San Diego that fall. In March 1988, he was given an honorable discharge from the Navy because of their policies regarding homosexuality. With this discharge, he was basically now left on his own as a civilian to discover what to do with his life in light of the grounds of the discharge. In 2010, Kevin was a part of a coalition encouraging the North Dakota congressional delegation to overturn the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. In July 2011, those efforts came to fruition with President Obama certifying that repeal would not harm military readiness, followed by a 60-day waiting period. DADT came to an end in September 2011. Tengesdal lives in Bismarck, working as a print production graphic designer. He is also a local gay Christian activist rallying around numerous community and social causes.