by Staff Sgt. Amber R. Kelly-Herard
Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
6/5/2014 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- In
1986 Airman Basic Bridget Lanier arrived at Royal Air Force Station
Greenham Common, England, as one of only two females in the 501st
Tactical Missile Maintenance Squadron Munitions Operations as a
munitions supply clerk.
In 2006, she became the first African-American female chief master sergeant in the Equal Opportunity career field.
"Born a sharecropper's daughter in a small town in Georgia, getting
indoor plumbing at the age of 10, and being a target of society's
cultural insensitivities were humbling life experiences for me," said
Lanier, who now works as the Air Mobility Command Human Relations and
Workforce Diversity Branch chief.
Lanier, along with a group of command staff functionals, works on the
AMC Diversity and Inclusion Working Group to support leaders in
developing and maintaining a culture of dignity and respect that not
only allows for each individual's voice to be heard, but encourages and
rewards individuals to participate.
The group was created in response to Executive Order 13583, issued by
President Obama in 2011, establishing a coordinated government-wide
initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.
"Diversity and inclusion are both important," said Lanier. "Diversity
focuses on demographic representation in the workforce. Inclusion is
achieved when every Airman - military and civilian - feels they are a
valued member of the team."
The DIWG reviewed results of the 2013 Unit Climate Assessment Survey to
determine whether all Airman have a similar sense of job satisfaction in
"While many groups are having a positive experience in the workplace, it
is important to understand the perspectives of all groups of people,"
Diversity Champions were also appointed at every AMC installation and
geographically separated wing to help commanders manage diversity and
inclusion and outreach initiatives at the grass roots level.
"Regardless of your sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or social
status, you are important and can achieve whatever goal you set your
mind and heart to accomplish," said Lanier.
"All airmen (officer, enlisted and civilians) strive to make a
difference, contribute, and be heard. We treat each other with respect,
mentor and care for each other along our careers, and each of us will
feel like a valued Air Force team member, or, most importantly, part of
the Air Force family," said Lt. Col. Maureen Robinson, AMC Diversity
Lanier concluded, "DIWG will continue to guide efforts in making AMC the
premier command in creating and sustaining a high-performing workforce
that embraces diversity and empowers Total Force personnel to achieve
their full potential."