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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. 

Learn more about the Department of the Air Force Barrier Analysis Working Groups (DAFBAWG) here. 


Air Force Leaders issue Juneteenth 2022 message

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Airmen and Guardians,

Juneteenth is a day of profound weight and power to recognize both the moral stain of slavery and remind us of our incredible capacity to persevere, heal, and progress. 

While this is only the second year Juneteenth has been celebrated as a federal holiday, its historical significance and celebrations date back over 150 years.  We encourage all of you to reflect on the magnitude of this holiday by learning about its origin in 1865 along with its long journey to federal recognition. 

This holiday represents an opportunity to celebrate decades of hope and courage.  We appreciate the crucial conversations occurring across the Department and recognize there is more work required to ensure justice, equality, and inclusion. 

As always, we are incredibly proud of each and every one of you.  Thank you for all you do to keep us safe and to allow our Nation to continue improving.


One Team, One Fight!



Frank Kendall                                                                      Gina Ortiz Jones
Secretary of the Air Force                                                 Under Secretary of the Air Force



John W. Raymond                                                              Charles Q. Brown, Jr.
General, USSF                                                                     General, USAF
Chief of Space Operations                                                Chief of Staff of the Air Force



Roger A. Towberman                                                         JoAnne S. Bass
Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force                     Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force


Video by Andriy Agashchuk, Marcelo Joniaux, Tech. Sgt. Tenelle Marshall
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.
58 SOW Diversity and Inclusion
377th Air Base Wing
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