All walks of life

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  • By Senior Airman Thomas Karol
  • 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

Diversity is a word citizens of the U.S. may see quite often these days. It is a word commonly used in the military too. In fact, there are nine congressionally mandated diversity events that highlight different cultures and heritages. Many different people from all walks of life have joined the military to serve their country with honor and valor. But, not all of them are the same.

Ellsworth AFB highlighted the many different people that bear the cloth of our nation by hosting a Diversity Day Aug. 16. Airmen and civilians alike set up tables and displays where they could showcase the food and history of their heritages.

“Diversity Day is a time for us to highlight our strengths,” said Master Sgt. Crystal Harris, the 28th Bomb Wing Judge Advocate office superintendent. “We get to share our culture and broaden our experience, which shows us all what we bring to the table and how our differences make us unique and special.”

Besides Diversity Day, the 28th Bomb Wing Equal Opportunity Office tries to highlight the many different people who celebrate their cultures during their heritage months.

“We host many of the events that have to deal with diversity,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Martinez, an EO advisor. “We love doing this because it allows us to show off all our people and their differences. There are so many things that make these Airmen special, and we want to help them showcase it.”

Along with the EO office, the base has a Diversity Council that helps put on cultural events on base.
“The Diversity Council helps us out a lot with the events,” said Donald Bell, the EO director. “We are very happy to have them around because they enjoy being part of it and showing off our great Airmen and the diversity on the base.”

Ellsworth has many different people from around the world, people who have experienced many different ways of thinking. This can make a unit stronger and more effective.

“I find it extremely valuable to have a diverse group of people who can do a job, but can add their own personal experience,” Martinez said. “I think it makes us a stronger Air Force and we should take advantage of this resource.”

Martinez says he truly enjoys having so many others from so many other places on base. Not only does it help with problem-solving, but they are able to share their culture, dances and last but not least, food.

“I’m glad to be part of an organization that recognizes diversity and celebrates it,” Harris said. “I’m looking forward to all the other events highlighting out differing group of people on this base and I’m excited to see what’s in store.”