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Diversity Council recognizes MLK Jr. Day

A cake cutting ceremony is performed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Observance at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 12, 2016. The Diversity Council recognized the holiday to motivate Airmen to embrace diversity and community service. For more information about the council, call (605) 385-1342. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released)

A cake cutting ceremony is performed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Observance at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 12, 2016. The Diversity Council recognized the holiday to motivate Airmen to embrace diversity and community service. For more information about the council, call (605) 385-1342. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released)

Staff Sgt. Erik Perthel, 28th Medical Operations Squadron public health technician, stands in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Observance poster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 12, 2016. Perthel spoke on the importance of MLK Jr. Day of Observance and diversity during a recognition event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released)

Staff Sgt. Erik Perthel, 28th Medical Operations Squadron public health technician, stands in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Observance poster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 12, 2016. Perthel spoke on the importance of MLK Jr. Day of Observance and diversity during a recognition event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released)

Staff Sgt. Erik Perthel, 28th Medical Operations Squadron public health technician, speaks about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Observance at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 12, 2016. Approximately 59 Airmen attended the briefing to learn the meaning behind the holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released)

Staff Sgt. Erik Perthel, 28th Medical Operations Squadron public health technician, speaks about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Observance at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 12, 2016. Approximately 59 Airmen attended the briefing to learn the meaning behind the holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- A representative from the base's Diversity Council spoke to approximately 59 Airmen on embracing diversity and community service and its importance at the Dakota's Club on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 12, 2016.

Staff Sgt. Erik Perthel, 28th Medical Operations Squadron public health technician, gave a presentation to recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Observance, during a recognition event.

"As an Air Force, we are very diverse and we need to embrace that instead of putting it in the shadows," Perthel adds.

He stressed the MLK Jr. Day of Observance is meant to be a day of service to other people in the community, not just another day off, which was the council's message for the event.

"It's definitely a good reminder," said Staff Sgt. Daniel Armstrong, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load crew chief. "It's a good way to look at where we've come from, where we are now, and how we can see where we need to go with making diversity a normal thing."

For more information or to join the council, visit the Equal Opportunity office or call (605) 385-1342.

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