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U.S. Department of Defense Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

U.S. Department of Defense Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ODEI envisions a Department of Defense that reflects the face of the Nation.

To that end, we seek a Department that competes for the best and brightest talent our Nation has to offer. We focus our efforts on emerging talent to ensure that we successfully attract, recruit, develop and retain a highly-skilled Total Force capable of meeting current and future mission requirements.

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Service members:  Let your voices be heard!  Complete the 2022 Armed Forces Workplace and Equal Opportunity survey.  Che...
10/27/2022

Service members: Let your voices be heard! Complete the 2022 Armed Forces Workplace and Equal Opportunity survey.
Check your survey eligibility here: https://www.dodsurveys.mil/.

Results will help DoD assess racial/ethnic relations in the Department and issues related to general workplace respect, readiness, and retention.

Participation is voluntary and responses are confidential.

Face of Defense: Healing With Fortitude
03/09/2022
Face of Defense: Healing With Fortitude

Face of Defense: Healing With Fortitude

As a child, Navy Capt. Lynelle Boamah always wanted to be a doctor, but she never pictured that she would one day be advising military leaders on the health and wellness of an entire region of

"African Americans have served valiantly in military service, from the colonial times to present day. Their service has ...
02/11/2022
Pentagon Exhibit Honors Military Contributions of African Americans

"African Americans have served valiantly in military service, from the colonial times to present day. Their service has been honored with a Pentagon exhibit that showcases their triumphs and struggles, as well as the injustices committed against them."

African Americans have served valiantly in military service, from the colonial times to present day. Their service has been honored with a Pentagon exhibit that showcases their triumphs and struggles,

02/09/2022

Remembering those who’ve gone before us.
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade recreated a historic photo that was taken during the Korean War.

01/20/2022

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy of peace, hope and equality he dreamt we as a nation could achieve.

12/25/2021

May you have a safe, warm and happy holiday season!

11/12/2021

To all who have served, we thank you for your courage, your strength, and your sacrifices. Happy Veterans Day.

Engineer Became Highest Ranking Native American in Union Army
11/10/2021
Engineer Became Highest Ranking Native American in Union Army

Engineer Became Highest Ranking Native American in Union Army

After initially being denied the opportunity to serve his country, Ely Parker eventually overcame adversity to attain the highest rank of any Native American in the Union Army during the Civil War and

DOD Honors Native Americans and Their Many Contributions to the Nation
11/03/2021
DOD Honors Native Americans and Their Many Contributions to the Nation

DOD Honors Native Americans and Their Many Contributions to the Nation

The Defense Department and the nation are celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month — a time to reflect on the contributions and sacrifices Native Americans have made to the United States,

01/27/2021

Nominated by President Biden and voted on by the Senate, Lloyd J. Austin III has become the 28th confirmed Defense Secretary and will lead the dedicated men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

Thank you to all the men and women who selflessly served our Nation.
11/11/2020

Thank you to all the men and women who selflessly served our Nation.

Today, we thank the men and women who gave selflessly and sacrificed in service to their country. Join us in saluting them this .

This  we reflect on the selfless service of our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice.
05/28/2019

This we reflect on the selfless service of our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice.

We honor the fallen this and thank them for making the ultimate sacrifice for the country.

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2019!!!photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
01/04/2019

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2019!!!

photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Happy Independence Day from the Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. We salute al...
07/05/2018

Happy Independence Day from the Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. We salute all who have served and all who continue to serve to ensure our enduring freedom.
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We honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.
05/28/2018

We honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

As part of Women's History Month, we recognize Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Olga Custodio, the first Latina U.S. Air Force...
03/22/2018
First Latina military pilot, area aviators honored at Hall of Fame awa

As part of Women's History Month, we recognize Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Olga Custodio, the first Latina U.S. Air Force pilot.

"Coming through the Air Force was a career I always dreamed of, and that's what I was able to accomplish here." --USAF Lt Col Olga Custodio, Ret.

Click below to take a look back to the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame awards, where Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Custodio was honored.

Retired Air Force lt. Col. Olga Custodio, the first Latina pilot to serve in the U.S. Air Force was honored at a First Latina military pilot, area aviators honored at the San Antonio Aviation and

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announces observance of Women's History Month.Both in uniform and through the civil...
03/09/2018

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announces observance of Women's History Month.

Both in uniform and through the civilian sector, American mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives have selflessly served to defend and protect the land of the free and home of the brave. Even in grim situations and under austere conditions, these women have persevered--standing tall and strong as defenders of freedom, liberty, and justice.

The Department salutes all the patriotic women who have answered the call of duty throughout our Nation's history and those who continue to stand the watch.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in celebration of National African American History Month, Februar...
02/01/2018

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in celebration of National African American History Month, February 1-28, 2018.

From the early days of the American Revolution to the trenches of World War I and II; from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan, and present-day missions around the world, African Americans have honorably served to defend this great nation.

DoD is committed to recognizing and honoring African Americans for their noble service to our nation and advancement of the principles of equality and diversity throughout the United States.

34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance:Thursday, January 25, 201810:00 a.m.Pentagon Auditorium
01/18/2018

34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance:
Thursday, January 25, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Pentagon Auditorium

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday o...
01/12/2018

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday on Monday, January 15, 2018. On this day we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was critical to the advancement of equality and civil rights in America.

To all who are celebrating: We wish you a very happy Hanukkah!
12/12/2017

To all who are celebrating: We wish you a very happy Hanukkah!

Sailor's Native American heritage inspires Navy career:"In my tribe we have a saying, 'Hzhoogo naashaa', which translate...
11/28/2017
The Makings of a Navajo Sailor

Sailor's Native American heritage inspires Navy career:

"In my tribe we have a saying, 'Hzhoogo naashaa', which translates to 'in beauty I walk,'" Alamo said. "To me this means, no matter what obstacles are thrown at you, always strive to better yourself professionally and personally."

Ya'at'teeh, shi ei Denise yinshye, Kinyaa a'anii nishli, Ta neeszahnii bashishchiin, A'shiinii dashicheii, Ma'ii deshgiizhnii dashinali.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes National American Indian Heritage Month:"From the Revolutionary War to pre...
11/01/2017

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes National American Indian Heritage Month:

"From the Revolutionary War to present-day missions around the world, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed and continue to contribute greatly to national defense. These patriotic Americans have served our military forces and participated in every major conflict since the time General George Washington enlisted their help in America's fight for independence ... American Indians and Alaska Natives continue to enrich this great Nation with traditions of the past and innovation for the future. Let us take this opportunity to celebrate the contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the Nation, along with their rich legacy -- deeply woven throughout our Nation's fabric."

"Nine months after the accident Bowman was about to turn his tragedy into triumph when he became the first double ampute...
10/26/2017
Distribution Multicultural committee celebrates Disability Awareness M

"Nine months after the accident Bowman was about to turn his tragedy into triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. He also continued his jumps, practicing with nine jumps a day, five days a week."

http://www.dla.mil/AboutDLA/News/NewsArticleView/Article/1351704/distribution-multicultural-committee-celebrates-disability-awareness-month/

DLA Distribution’s Multicultural Committee celebrated the true spirit and the many and varied contributions of America

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