The newly created OutServe-SLDN military group on Thursday announced Allyson Robinson as its new chief.

Robinson, a former commissioned officer in the Army, is leaving her post at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to helm the group.

OutServe and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) announced in July they would be merging, a process which is expected to be completed this weekend.

“I am honored to lead the new OutServe-SLDN into this next phase of advocacy and action on behalf of our brave LGBT service members, veterans, and their families,” Robinson said in a statement announcing her new role. “Until they are guaranteed equal opportunity, recognition, support and benefits, our mission is incomplete. We cannot and will not leave them behind.”

Robinson, who is transgender, said the group's mission post-“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” will be advancing equality for LGBT troops.

“We have not achieved full equality for LGBT servicemembers,” she told told BuzzFeed, “and I think that's something that Americans care about. I think they care about the way that our troops and their families are treated.”

“We're in the middle of a fight, just as certainly as we were before 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was ever repealed. There have been some, many perhaps, who have been under this notion, 'What's left to do?' There is so much left to do.”

“I think a crucial part of that strategy is ensuring that the stories of transgender servicemembers and veterans are being told,” the 1998 West Point graduate added. “Trans people have served from our nation's founding, just as LGB people have. Because of the state of medical and readiness regulations, they continue to be forced into silence. Having an organization like ours, that can help to elevate those stories and make them a part of the conversation, is very, very important. The more we tell those stories, the closer we are to winning that fight.”

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