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Airmen and Guardians,
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomes you to the Department of the Air Force's 2023 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Conference! Each of you is critical in building and maintaining our nation's security. Your service brings great hope for the future and ensures our nation maintains our air and space superiority, not because we are all the same but because of the unique capabilities each of you brings to the fight.
This year's theme, "Respect, Recruit, Retain and Ready!", acknowledges that the diversity of our Airmen and Guardians across the total force is a key differentiator from our peer competitors. As we continue to focus on inclusive leadership, and foster a culture of trust and belonging, we know it is because of your innovation, agility, complex decision-making, and high performance our service will continue to lead the way. It is within this environment that every Airman and Guardian across the globe can serve and contribute as their authentic selves without unnecessary barriers. Together we ALL must continue to commit to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility so that our members can serve to their fullest potential.
The Department of the Air Force's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Conference is a space where practitioners and supporters alike can come together to inspire, inform, educate, and connect across topics that matter the most. Our goal this year is to engage every Airman and Guardian with thought-provoking keynotes, panel discussions, and breakout sessions to promote action and enhance our ability to achieve a more lethal and ready force.
I want to thank you in advance for bringing authenticity and curiosity to your participation this week and for adopting what you learn here to be a champion for all around you. While we do not know where the future will take us, we do know we can accomplish anything when we do it together.
MARIANNE P. MALIZIA, SES, DAF
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Department of the Air Force
This year's theme, "Respect, Recruit, Retain and Ready," aimed to empower all Airmen and Guardians, emphasizing the need for inclusive leadership, trust and belonging amid an evolving battlefield.
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“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
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:
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A short history of integration in the US armed forces
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Diversity, inclusion are tools for national defense, not buzzwords