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The ARNG EO Diversity Office is ramping up our efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion through social media and networks. Our goal is to simulate virtual conversations and enhance awareness. We encourage our visitors to like our page and share with others. Our only request is that you maintain your high level of professionalism and respect for the opinions of others. While you are on the site take some time to review other articles, videos and educational/professional development materials. Thank you, in advance, for liking this site and we look forward to the communication.

Mission: ARNG Equal Opportunity Mission: Promote and assist the ARNG Directorate leadership in creating a climate that is conducive to positive human relations by ensuring that all members have equal access to opportunity while promoting organizational readiness. Diversity Mission: To develop and influence policies and programs to promote and sustain a diverse Army National Guard to meet future domestic and global missions. Diversity Vision: The ARNG will reflect the fabric of our nation's communities, states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Leaders and commanders will embrace the value of a diverse workforce as a critical element to mission success. The ARNG will be composed of a diversity of races, educational and cultural backgrounds, and professional skill sets. Both men and women will enjoy equal ability to advance and excel.

Operating as usual

01/20/2020
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Honored to work in an organization that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion. I have attached the National Guard Headquarters MLK Jr Observance.

“I Have a Dream”

This presentation reflects the diversity of our force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KirENlEvDSw&feature=youtu.be

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Soldiers, Airmen and Civilians from the National Guard Bureau celebrate his legacy and one of his most memorable spee...

In celebrating Women's Equality Day, the Army National Guard Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office hosted the TARC Wome...
08/28/2019

In celebrating Women's Equality Day, the Army National Guard Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office hosted the TARC Women’s Leadership Symposium to recognize not only the significance of women's contributions but also the value of diversity and an inclusive environment. The Theme for this symposium was “Qualified and Ready to Lead the Force”. A panel discussion format was used for this symposium. The format facilitated a live discussion among a selected group of panelists who shared their perspectives, experiences and contributions to the National Guard. Panel Members: Brigade General Sandra Best (ANG), Brigade General Janeen L. Birckhead (MDNG), Command Chief Warrant Officer Teresa A. Domeier (ARNG), and Ms. Cynthia McDougall (ARNG).

In celebrating Women's Equality Day, the Army National Guard Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office hosted the TARC Women’s Leadership Symposium to recognize not only the significance of women's contributions but also the value of diversity and an inclusive environment. The Theme for this symposium was “Qualified and Ready to Lead the Force”. A panel discussion format was used for this symposium. The format facilitated a live discussion among a selected group of panelists who shared their perspectives, experiences and contributions to the National Guard. Panel Members: Brigade General Sandra Best (ANG), Brigade General Janeen L. Birckhead (MDNG), Command Chief Warrant Officer Teresa A. Domeier (ARNG), and Ms. Cynthia McDougall (ARNG).

The Army National Guard Equal Opportunity and Diversity office hosted the 2019 Unity Day on Thursday, 27 June 2019. The ...
07/15/2019

The Army National Guard Equal Opportunity and Diversity office hosted the 2019 Unity Day on Thursday, 27 June 2019. The event served as a celebration of the unique gifts, abilities, and perspectives provided by each member represented throughout the TARC community. Unity Day included booth/displays, entertainment and cultural food sampling.

The Army National Guard Equal Opportunity and Diversity office hosted the 2019 Unity Day on Thursday, 27 June 2019. The event served as a celebration of the unique gifts, abilities, and perspectives provided by each member represented throughout the TARC community. Unity Day included booth/displays, entertainment and cultural food sampling.

06/27/2019
06/27/2019
06/27/2019
05/22/2019

Make a difference ... speak up and act up for change.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

The observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is an occasion to remember the patriotism of...
05/10/2019

The observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is an occasion to remember the patriotism of AAPIs who have served, or are currently serving, in the Department of Defense and our nation. Dr. Phil Tajitsu Nash, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Maryland, our guest speaker for this observance, discussed the need of acquiring an effective cultural competence, and a range of topics including knowledge of history, critical thinking, self-reflection, diversity skills, empathy and knowledge of culture. This year’s theme is “Unite our mission by engaging each other”.

Army National Guard senior enlisted leaders supporting the EO mission during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritag...
05/10/2019

Army National Guard senior enlisted leaders supporting the EO mission during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance at TARC. How are your senior enlisted leaders supporting the EO mission?

05/07/2019

Perspective...

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”

Og Mandino

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The observance recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage ...
04/29/2019

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The observance recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month was established by Title 36, U.S. Code, Section 102. This observance runs through the month of May and celebrates the service and sacrifices of Asian/Pacific Islanders throughout the United States. Theme: Unite Our Mission by Engaging Each Other. www.deomi.org

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04/29/2019

Photos from Army National Guard Equal Opportunity & Diversity's post

I hear more than not.. that people leave their organizations  not because of the job but because of the boss. This artic...
04/28/2019
Toxic work cultures make Best Employees Quit

I hear more than not.. that people leave their organizations not because of the job but because of the boss.

This article sheds some light on topic check it out....

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/toxic-work-environments-make-best-employees-quit-brigette-hyacinth

Whenever a boss acts like a dictator – shutting down, embarrassing, or firing anyone who dares to challenge the status quo – you’ve got a toxic workplace problem. And that’s not just because of the boss’ bad behavior, but because that behavior creates an environment in which everyone is sc...

04/24/2019

Food for thought...

“Hate no one, no matter how much they’ve wronged you. Live humbly, no matter how wealthy you become. Think positively, no matter how hard life is. Give much, even if you’ve been given little. Keep in touch with the ones who have forgotten you, and forgive who has wronged you, and do not stop praying for the best for those you love.”
– Ali bin Abi Talib (RA)

04/19/2019

Rise above doubt...

"Understand that it is ok to be scared or uncertain, however right beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams."

Josh Hinds

04/18/2019

Food for thought:

Confidence Is Silent. Insecurities Are Loud.

04/18/2019
04/05/2019

Self Assessment....

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

― Abraham Lincoln

Just think about it....

#change #bettertogether #makepeoplebetter #selfassessment #thinkaboutit #make #history #enemies

Self Reflection Time...#bettertogether #leadership #selfreflection
04/04/2019

Self Reflection Time...
#bettertogether #leadership #selfreflection

04/03/2019

Self Reflection Thought...

”We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”

Maya Angelou

#bettertogether #mondaymorning #think #ignorance #alone #wecan #change

Leadership Food..... Are you feeding your leadership style?
04/02/2019

Leadership Food..... Are you feeding your leadership style?

In observance of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) proudly a...
04/02/2019

In observance of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) proudly announces the availability of original artwork available for download from DEOMI’s public website, www.deomi.org. The theme for 2019 is “Learning from the Holocaust: Beyond Religious Boundaries.” The poster this year depicts an alternating blue and white vertically striped cloth typical of the pattern used in the uniforms worn by many holocaust prisoners. Situated on the background are various symbols used by the Nazi’s to categorize their prisoners. Starting in 1938, Jews in the camps were identified by a yellow star sewn onto their prison uniforms, a perversion of the Jewish Star of David. After 1939, and with some variation from camp to camp, the categories of prisoners were easily identified by a marking system combining a colored inverted triangle with lettering. The badges sewn onto prisoner uniforms enabled guards to quickly identify prisoners based on their background.

Temple Army National Guard Readiness Center (TARC) Women’s History Month Observance. Our speaker, Dr. Francoise Bonnell ...
03/25/2019

Temple Army National Guard Readiness Center (TARC) Women’s History Month Observance. Our speaker, Dr. Francoise Bonnell is the Director of the United States Army Women’s Museum. Dr. Bonnell co-authored Capturing the Women’s Army corps: The World War II Photographs of Captain Charlotte T. McGraw (University of New Mexico: 2013). She has taught the history module for the Theater Logistics Planner Course at the Army Logistics University at Fort Lee, Virginia. She served as the primary historian to the PBS Documentary Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots. Women’s History Month is an annual celebration of the contributions of women and a time for recognizing the role they have played in the history of the United States. The theme for this observance is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”

03/20/2019

Minnesota Guardsman receives national BEYA award

February 25, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harry Ballard, an unmanned aircraft systems technician with the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion, was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference Stars and Stripes Service Military Award in Washington D.C. in February 2019.

Ballard is a notable warrant officer with over 20 years of service and a pioneer for the Minnesota National Guard Unmanned Aircraft Program. His love for aviation and aerospace technology extends beyond the military into helping youth, specifically young women, develop in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM.)

“I need to do as much as I can to get youth involved, specifically younger women involved in it because I have a couple of daughters, and I think that the sky is the limit for young kids, and young women especially, to be involved with science and mathematics,” he said.

Women in STEM careers are underrepresented. Ballard has young daughters, and he has been surrounded by strong women throughout his life, which has led him to mentor young women specifically.

“Being surrounded by strong women my entire life, my mom, my grandparents, was just fantastic and gave me an appreciation for what they did for me,” he said.

Ballard’s leadership and technical expertise in the Guard, as well as his extensive mentorship of youth, made him an ideal candidate and awardee of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference Stars and Stripes Service Military Award. The award recognizes people of color who excel in their field, especially in STEM, Ballard said.

At first, Ballard felt out of place receiving the award, he said. When he attended the BEYA conference in Washington D.C., he gained more perspective. He met other like-minded people who are striving for the same goal, to help bring up the next generation of leaders, and the next generation of successful people, with an emphasis on people of color because that opportunity for so many of these people doesn’t exist.

“We think alike, we work hard, and we want our youth to succeed and exceed what we’ve done,” Ballard said of the people he met at the BEYA conference.

Youth mentorship is very important to Ballard. He volunteered with the University of St. Thomas’s Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer program (STEPS) from 2008-2014. He helped instruct a portion of the program that educated 6th and 8th grade girls in all aspects of STEM. He also helped students build and fly their own Radio Controlled aircraft. He has also volunteered with Visitation’s Girls school since 2008.

Prior to providing mentorship, Ballard developed his expertise through taking classes at North Hennepin Community College after high school where he pursued his associate of arts degree with an emphasis on astronomy. As an enlisted Soldier, he was also one of the first National Guard unmanned aircraft systems operators to graduate with honors.

He was selected to be the primary instructor for his unit’s deployment to Iraq in 2005 for unmanned aircraft systems. Following his deployment, he started the unmanned aircraft training program in the Minnesota National Guard in 2007.

“[The] Minnesota National Guard [unmanned aircraft training program]

is known for the good things that we’ve done everywhere we go, from the schoolhouse all the way up to the contractors and the Pentagon.”

Since commissioning as a warrant officer in 2009, Ballard has continued his work as an unmanned aircraft systems technician.

Ballard is an optimistic Soldier who is passionate about helping others. His optimistic view has led him to where he is today.

“I grew up with a lot of pessimistic people, and if anything it taught me be optimistic,” he said. “There’s always a solution and there’s always going to be a tomorrow with regard to work and life in the vast majority of cases. And if we sit around taking a negative outlook or a pessimistic outlook on life, that doesn’t help anyone, including yourself.”

Story by Sgt. Sebastian Nemec

03/20/2019
Sig Christenson, Senior Reporter | San Antonio Express-News - San Antonio Express-News

Celebrating Women’s History Month

CAMP MABRY — Long before Tracy Norris made history as the first woman to head the Texas National Guard, there were signs of ambition, a hunger to do great things.

It started when she was 4.

“She was sitting on the couch, and she had this great big animal book laying in her lap,” said her mother, Linda Norris.

“It was a grown-up book, not a children’s book, and she was sitting there with these big ol’ tears running down her face. And I said, ‘What in the world is wrong with you?’ She said, ‘I want to know what these words say.’”

Too young to read, Tracy Norris nonetheless sat in on a class with older children. She became a voracious reader and an energetic student. She competed in ice skating. She worked as a janitor to help pay for her high school tuition. She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, then master’s degrees in urban and regional planning, strategic studies and business administration.

Twelve days into 2019, Norris, 54, took command of the Texas Guard, the nation’s largest. Her achievement was a first in the Lone Star State and a rare one for women in a military long dominated by men. There are only five women heading the nation’s 54 guard organizations. Thirteen women have been adjutant generals since 1997, when Maj. Gen. Martha Rainville led the Vermont National Guard.

https://www.expressnews.com/author/sig-christenson/

Sig Christenson covers the military for the San Antonio Express-News and been with the paper since 1997. He was embedded with the 3rd Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has reported from Baghdad and Afghanistan seven times since.

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