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AFMS Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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:

  • LOE 1 - Cultivate Culture and Policy
  • LOE 2 - Educate and Inform Medics
  • LOE 3 - Understand and Breakdown Barriers
  • LOE 4 - Align with SAF Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Mission, Vision and Objectives

Mission
Enhance Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging through education and removal of barriers so that all medics can reach their full potential.

Vision
The Air Force Medical Service … leading the way in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!

Objectives
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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Engage With Us

Email: dha.ncr.policy-mgt.mbx.afms-odi-workflow@mail.mil

Telephone: 703-681-6161 and 703-681-7792

DSN: 761-6161 and 761-7792

Observances

  • October 1 - International Day of Older Persons
  • October 6 - National German-American Day
  • October 6 - World Cerebral Palsy Day
  • October 11 - National Coming Out Day
  • October 12 - Indigenous Peoples' Day (second Monday)
  • October 12 - Native American Day (second Monday)
  • October 15 - National Latinx Aids Awareness Day
  • October 24 - United Nations Day
  • October 26 - Intersex Awareness Day

Resource List

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