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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
502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
June 17, 2021 | 48:52
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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AAPI Month: SSgt Celis shares Saipanese heritage, culture

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  • By Senior Airman Kayla Christenson
  • 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.-- Saipan, an island in the chain of the Northern Mariana Islands, spans 12 miles long and 5.6 miles wide. It consists of more than 45,000 people, the majority of which are Asian and Pacific Islanders. Before coming to the ‘Mighty 97th’ Staff Sgt. Margaret Celis was one of them.

Celis, a 97th Medical Group pharmacy technician, was born in Saipan as a member of the indigenous Chamorro people and resided on the island for a total of 12 years.

“My dad was in the Army and we traveled a bit all over after I turned nine and then came back to Saipan where I graduated high school, ” said Celis. “I still have family that lives there but a lot of them have moved due to limited opportunities on the island.”

Celis has been in the Air Force for more than four years and plans on serving until retirement, possibly as an officer.

“Seeing my dad wear the uniform, living that lifestyle of moving a lot and being around service members, made the transition a lot easier,” she said. “I also knew that joining before I started a family would better the timing of it all so I wouldn’t be separated from them as long as my dad was.”

Celis loves to cook and, even though she has moved away from Saipan, she carries on the tradition of preparing some of the native dishes.

“I call my dad to guide me through making a few dishes like banana buñelos and chicken kelaguin when I am missing home,” she said.

Every May during Asian American and Pacific Islander month is a time to recognize the contributions and influence of AAPI Americans have made to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

“Being a part of a small group like the Chamorros, it is important for us to be proud of our culture and heritage,” she said. “Having AAPI month to reflect and celebrate our traditions and meet other AAPI Americans is always eye opening and a new learning experience.”

58 SOW Diversity and Inclusion
377th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Video by Senior Airman Ireland Summers
Jan. 5, 2022 | 2:32
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