Lieutenant Colonel Bree Fram, is an active duty astronautical engineer (rocket scientist) in the US Air Force and will be re-commissioning into the Space Force in March 2021. Bree has served in a wide variety of Air Force positions including recently in a Research and Development command position and in an oversight role for all Air Force security cooperation and security assistance activity with Iraq.
In earlier assignments Lt Col Fram served in the Air Force Directorate of Strategic Plans, was a Legislative Fellow at the US Capitol serving on the staff of Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, served multiple tours as a program manager for satellite and technology programs and deployed to Qatar and Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lt Col Fram publicly came out as transgender on the day the transgender ban in the military was dropped in 2016. She is currently the highest ranking out transgender officer in the Department of Defense.
Bree is the Vice President of SPART*A, an organization that advocates and educates about transgender military service and is dedicated to the support and professional development of over 1100 transgender service members. A member of SPART*A since 2014, she focuses on policy and advocacy work. She has provided a number of educational briefings on transgender and diversity issues to military and civilian audiences and is available for speaking engagements or media requests.
Bree has been married for 16 years to Peg Fram and they have two girls, age 12 and 8.
She is the co-author of the forthcoming book With Honor and Integrity: Transgender Troops in Their Own Words from NYU press due out later in November 2021. Her writing has been published by the Washington Post, Military Times, Inkstick, and LGBTQ Nation.
2020 - Pres Naval Station Newport
2018 - 2020 Rome, NY
2015 - 2018 Pentagon, Washington DC
2014 - 2015 United States Capitol, Washington DC
2011 - 2014 Buckley AFB, CO
2007 - 2011 Los Angeles AFB, CA
2005 - 2007 Wright Patterson AFB, OH
2004 Operation Iraqi Freedom Deployment - Iraq/Qatar
2003 - 2005 Kirtland AFB, NM
MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Expected in 2021
MS, Astronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2007
BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2001
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Global War on Terrorism – Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Publication in Fall 2021, With Honor and Integrity: Transgender Military Personnel in Their Own Words, withhonorbook.com
January 2021 Military Times Editorial "Transgender service members passed the test"
June 2020 Inkstick Media "A Command Transition" (Lessons learned from transition)
Feb 2019 Washington Post Editorial "The Defense Department needs transgender service members"
Feb 2018 LGBTQ Nation Editorial "Should the Secretary of Defense threaten to resign over trans military service?"
Jan 2021 "Biden Ends Ban On Trans People Serving Openly In The Military" NPR
Oct 2020 "New Pentagon handbook adds confusion and frustration for transgender troops, critics say" ABC News
April 2020 "Trans service members fight COVID-19 under ongoing ban" Washington Blade
Feb 2020 "Kelly's Quest - An Interview During a Round of Disc Golf" YouTube
Jun 2019 "Feeling the impact of Trump’s transgender troop ban" Yahoo News Video and Article
April 2019 "How The Trump Administration's Transgender Troop Ban Is Affecting One Military Family" NPR Article and Audio
April 2019 "Some Troops Rushed To See Doctors Before The Military's New Transgender Policy Took Effect" American Homefront Article and Audio
March 2019 "These Transgender Troops Need a Gender Dysphoria Diagnosis to Keep Their Jobs" Daily Beast Article
March 2018 "Transgender Air Force Officer On Trump's Ban And His Supportive Fellow Troops" NPR Article and Audio