Air Education and Training Command leaders are diligently working to remove barriers, promote mutual respect, and encourage tough conversations in safe spaces.

The First Command is leading efforts to strengthen diversity through deliberate actions to raise awareness about opportunities; developing partnerships with underrepresented groups; removing barriers to serve and providing mentorship to our current force.

 Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-7001, Diversity & Inclusion, broadly defines diversity as “a composite of individual characteristics, experiences, and abilities consistent with the Air Force Core Values and the Air Force Mission. Air Force diversity includes, but is not limited to: personal life experiences, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, cultural knowledge, educational background, work experience, language abilities, physical abilities, philosophical and spiritual perspectives, age, race, ethnicity, and gender.” The Air Force increases its warfighting capabilities and lethality by attracting talent from a diverse body of applicants and leveraging their unique characteristics, experiences, and abilities.

 

Learn more about the U.S. Air Force Rated Diversity Improvement Strategy here. 

 

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Real Talk: Race and Diversity in the Air Force - June 17, 2021
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Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, hosts the seventh episode of Real Talk: Race and Diversity in the Air Force, June 17th, 2021. Joining Lt. Gen. Webb for this episode will be: Brig. Gen. Brenda Cartier, Incoming AETC Director of Operations.
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Sixth episode for AETC’s Real Talk focuses on Asian American and Pacific Islander disparity

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, hosts the sixth episode of AETC Real Talk: Race and Diversity in the Air Force April 22 at 3 p.m. on AETC’s Facebook page.

With Webb, for this episode, will be Maj. Carl Chen, AETC budget analyst. The discussion will be on Asian American and Pacific Islander disparity in the military and current country climate. 

“In line with the Air Force’s broadening of the racial disparity review, we are broadening our conversation on race and diversity in the Air Force with this AETC Real Talk,” said Webb. “Asian American and Pacific Islanders in our nation have faced discrimination, racism and harassment, especially throughout the last year, and it’s important we seek to understand.”

Chen is a 2006 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.  He has held a variety of positions throughout his career as both a weapon systems officer and pilot.  He has served on staffs at the numbered Air Force and major command levels and he has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

AETC Real Talk is part of The First Command’s priority to cultivate an environment of excellence for all Airmen. 

To watch all five episodes of AETC Real Talks visit https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/AETCDiversityandInclusion

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U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Curry, 58th Special Operations Wing commander, speaks about diversity and inclusion at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Jan. 5, 2022. More