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Department of the Air Force releases reports on Racial Disparity Review update, second disparity review
September 13, 2021
— The Department of the Air Force released a progress update on the Inspector General Independent Racial Disparity Review and a second disparity review report Sept. 9...
Commentary: Equality in the force
August 26, 2021
— Women’s equality. It’s a challenge that has been around for years and continues to this day. One hundred and one years ago, women had just gained the right to vote through the passing of the 19th Amendment, a right that had been guaranteed to others based on their gender...
IAAFA graduates its largest in-person class since COVID-19
August 17, 2021
— Class 2021-B – the largest in-person class to graduate from the Inter-American Air Forces Academy since COVID-19 struck approximately 17 months ago – celebrated the cadre and student body’s accomplishments at the Gateway Club at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Aug. 11. Making the ceremony even more memorable was the guest speaker, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass...
Air Force releases additional dress, appearance changes
August 12, 2021
— New dress and appearance updates will soon be released following feedback, testing from Airmen and reviews conducted as a part of the 2020 Air Force Uniform Board...
AETC Real Talk focuses on religion in the Air Force
August 11, 2021
— Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, will host the eighth episode of AETC Real Talk: Muslims Serving in the Air Force, Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. CDT, on AETC’s Facebook page...
Defense Secretary: 'No one should have to hide who they love to serve the country they love'
June 10, 2021
— The Department of Defense celebrates the extraordinary achievements of its LGBTQ+ service members, civilian employees and their families' sacrifices during Pride Month, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said. ...
MEDCoE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Center now open for business
June 8, 2021
— A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Center June 2. With the establishment of the center, MEDCoE’s main three People First assets, the Command Chaplain, Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, sections, are now in one central location within the command footprint. ...
AFIMSC releases diversity survey results
May 29, 2021
— Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center leaders recently released results of the AFIMSC section of the Air Force Materiel Command Diversity and Inclusion Survey conducted late last year...
DOD budget request boosts research, nuclear modernization, includes 2.7% pay raise
May 28, 2021
— The fiscal year 2022 Defense Department budget request includes the largest-ever research, development, test and evaluation request — $112 billion, which is a 5.1% increase over fiscal 2021...
Air Force follows revised DOD transgender policies
May 13, 2021
— In March 2021, the Department of Defense recognized transgender and gender non-conforming people and their continued struggle for equality, security and dignity...
Second IG Disparity Review Survey coming
April 12, 2021
— Beginning April 9, the Department of the Air Force will be seeking feedback through a survey for the second ongoing Inspector General Independent Disparity Review...
Air Force marks ongoing commitment to rated diversity with newly released strategy
March 17, 2021
— Air Force leaders officially released the service’s Rated Diversity Improvement Strategy March 17, marking the force’s ongoing commitment to attract, recruit, develop and retain a diverse rated corps...
AETC taking deliberate action focused on diversity, inclusion for recruits, Airmen
March 7, 2021
— Diversity and winning the next great power competition go hand-in-hand. Recognizing the value of having and developing agile thinkers at all levels of the Air Force who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, Air Education and Training Command leaders have taken deliberate actions focused on diversity and inclusion for both recruits and current Airmen and Guardians...
502d ABW senior leaders discuss Black History Month, culture
February 26, 2021
— Brig. Gen. Caroline M. Miller, 502d Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider discussed Black History Month and the culture at JBSA during their Tough Conversation discussion Feb. 23 at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston...
Department of the Air Force leaders direct second IG Disparity Review
February 22, 2021
— The review follows the department’s 2020 Racial Disparity Review released in December 2020 and expands its focus into three additional racial categories (Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander), gender, and one additional ethnic category (Hispanic/Latinx)...
Charter lays out AFIMSC diversity, inclusion initiatives
February 11, 2021
— Armed with a recently approved charter to affirm its direction, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s Diversity and Inclusion Council is working to create an organizational culture that fosters equality and equity throughout the enterprise...
Department of the Air Force institutes Office of Diversity and Inclusion
February 3, 2021
— In June 2020, former Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett stood up a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which has evolved into this new office. The organization will work directly for the secretary of the Air Force and continue to address the strategic impact of diversity, inclusion and equity on Airmen, Guardians and their families...
Black History Month -- The Kitchen Table: Reflections on the past, visions for the future
February 3, 2021
— The U.S. Air Force joins the millions of Americans celebrating Black History Month 2021 by honoring the history of African Americans in the military and considering ways to move forward in unity for the future...
Air Force to allow longer braids, ponytails, bangs for women
January 21, 2021
— As an outcome of the 101st Air Force uniform board, Air Force women will be able to wear their hair in up to two braids or a single ponytail with bulk not exceeding the width of the head and length not extending below a horizontal line running between the top of each sleeve inseam at the underarm through the shoulder blades. In addition, women’s bangs may now touch their eyebrows, but not cover their eyes...
Department of the Air Force increases commander accountability for climate survey results
January 8, 2021
— The Department of the Air Force released a memorandum Dec. 21 highlighting improvements made to address concerns identified in Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey reports, a tool for leaders to assess command climate...