On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Air Force placed deliberate emphasis on a culture of inclusion by standing up a Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. The D&I Task Force was charged with identifying and changing policies, procedures, barriers and other practices that might be unfairly impacting underrepresented Air and Space personnel.
On June 18, 2020, the Secretary of Defense announced the DoD would take a very direct and deliberate posture to address D&I issues. The goal was to thoroughly assess D&I within the Armed Services and to develop actionable items for immediate, mid- and long-term implementation.
In August 2020, the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General and the Chief, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps Chief, stood up the AFMS Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Since then, the AFMS/ODI has actively worked to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion within the AFMS by utilizing four distinct Lines of Effort.
The LOEs are as follows:
Enhance Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging through education and removal of barriers so that all medics can reach their full potential.
The Air Force Medical Service … leading the way in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!
1. Educate and inform medics on diversity and inclusion.
2. Understand and breakdown barriers of inequity to develop a diverse workforce at every level.
“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
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