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Heinze Attends Veterans Day Breakfast With President and First Lady

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

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Navy Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Board Co-Chair April Heinze Attends Veterans Day Breakfast with President and First Lady

(WASHINGTON DC) Navy Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Board Co-Chair April Heinze today attended a Veterans Day Breakfast with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. A retired Navy Captain, Heinze served as co-chair of the board of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) since 2011 and last month, became co-chair of the board of the newly combined OutServe-SLDN.

“This is a remarkable invitation for any veteran to receive, but for me it’s especially personal. It is yet one more example of the fact that we have a Commander-in-Chief who honors the service and sacrifice of all American veterans and service members who have worn the uniform of our nation so proudly throughout the generations,” said Heinze, who lives in San Diego, CA.

Heinze is a 1982 NROTC graduate of the University of Virginia’s school of engineering. Following her commissioning as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer, she served on active duty for more than 23 years in various public works management, facilities engineering, real estate services, energy management and construction contracting positions on Navy installations. She also served on several senior staffs including the Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she was responsible for various base operations support policies and programs.

During her Navy career, Heinze was a leader in the integration of women into the military’s civil engineer and construction forces. In 1989, she became one of the first women officers assigned to a Navy Construction Battalion (SEABEE) and in 1990 she deployed to Saudi Arabia as a Company Commander during the first week of Desert Shield to support the Marines Expeditionary Force. In 1991 she was one of the first officers assigned to disaster recovery in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines following the volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. In 2003, she became the third woman ever promoted to Captain in the Civil Engineer Corps and she was assigned as the Executive Officer, Navy Public Works Center, San Diego, where she was responsible for 1600 employees providing $400 million dollars of facility, vehicle and utility services annually to multiple bases in the region.

Following retirement from the Navy in 2005, Heinze joined Carter & Burgess (now part of Jacobs Engineering) as a Vice President for Federal Programs. Since 2007, she has worked as the Director of General Services for the County of San Diego, California responsible for public facilities operations and management, capital programs, real estate transactions, energy and sustainability programs, and public fleet management.

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About OutServe-SLDN: OutServe-SLDN is the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel with more than fifty chapters and 6000 members around the world It works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. For more information, visit

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