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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday of the civil rights leader. This year, the MLK Day of Service will be recognized on Jan. 16 as a way to channel King’s life and teachings into community action.
As PACAF’s Australian Deputy Commander, or DCOM as known in Air Force vernacular, Air Vice-Marshal Newman works alongside U.S. Air Force DCOM counterpart, Lt. Gen. James Jacobson, to assist management of the command and help lead a force of nearly 46,000 people across the Indo-Pacific.
Military Parental Leave for Airmen and Guardians will expand to 12 weeks after convalescent leave for birth parents and 12 weeks for non-birth parents, including adoptive parents and eligible foster parents, effective Dec. 27, 2022.
More than 2,500 uniformed and civilian Airmen and Guardians participated in a series of Cross-Cultural Mentoring Panels in 2022, which emphasized inclusivity, growth and greater understanding of mentoring relationships across all demographic groups.
The Department of the Air Force has implemented a central fund for reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
There is no other country in the world so widely diverse, yet so deeply committed to being unified as the United States of America. The challenges we face today are far too serious, and the implications of failure far too great, for our Air Force to do less than fully and inclusively leverage our nation’s greatest strength—our remarkably diverse people. Across the force, diversity of background, experience, demographics, perspectives, thought and organization are essential to our ultimate success in an increasingly competitive and dynamic global environment. As airpower advocates, we must be culturally competent and operationally relevant to effectively accomplish our various missions.
Air Force leaders, retirees, alumni and friends interested in getting involved with outreach and development efforts happening across the country can contact the Department of the Air Force Office of Diversity and Inclusion at:
“I want the wisdom and knowledge to lead, participate in, and listen to necessary conversations on racism, diversity and inclusion. I want the wisdom and knowledge to lead those willing to take committed and sustained action to make our Air Force better.”
~ Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Air Force
“Our Air Force is on the right side of history. We are creating not only historic moments … we are focused on setting a foundation for all Americans to see themselves in this great institution.”
~ JoAnne S. Bass, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Intentionality is key: Perspectives from a first-time JWLS emcee
A culture of inclusion is key to success
A short history of integration in the US armed forces
Where does responsibility start?
Warrior braids and the Air Force Women’s Initiative Team – the invisible labor behind diversity, inclusion, and institutional change
Raised on resiliency: How military parents shape their child’s experiences
Diversity, inclusion are tools for national defense, not buzzwords