U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach told MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts on Friday that he did not believe “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” would end.

Congress repealed last December the 1993 law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, paving the way for the policy's end on Tuesday.

(Related: Republicans Buck McKeon, Joe Wilson seek delay in DADT repeal.)

The military has discharged more than 13,000 service members for violating the policy.

The Air Force moved to dismiss Fehrenbach in 2008 after a civilian man accused him of sexual assault. Within three weeks, Fehrenbach was cleared of the sexual assault allegation, but the military continued to investigate whether to discharge the highly-decorated flight officer. He retired from the Air Force two weeks ago.

During an appearance on MSNBC to discuss the September 20 HBO premiere of the documentary The Strange History of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Fehrenbach, who is featured in the film, said next Tuesday means the most to him “because I know finally it's over for everyone.”

“I never imagined when this ordeal began for me personally three years ago that I would ever see this day. I couldn't be happier. And I especially couldn't be happier for the service members that will continue to serve,” he added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)