Personnel Leaders Discuss Army Diversity, Race

Personnel Leaders Discuss Army Diversity, Race

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The Army’s top personnel leaders will discuss racial issues and diversity in the force during an event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The discussion, part of The AUSA Noon Report webinar series, begins at noon Eastern Sept. 16. The event is free, but registration is required here.

Panelists include E. Casey Wardynski, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs; Anselm Beach, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for equity and inclusion; Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, deputy Army chief of staff for personnel; and Command Sgt. Maj. John Sampa, the senior enlisted soldier for the Army National Guard.

This is the fifth event in an ongoing discussion on race hosted by AUSA. Previous events include presentations by Army Undersecretary James McPherson and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph Martin, and a panel discussion featuring four prominent retired leaders, Gens. Dennis Via and Vincent Brooks, Lt. Gen. Nadja West and Command Sgt. Maj. James Sims.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston and a handful of squad leaders from across the Army also have discussed the matter, as well as a panel of leaders from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Army Cadet Command.

DoD and the Army have been stepping up efforts to improve diversity and equality across the force. A new Army initiative to tackle those issues, called Project Inclusion, was unveiled on June 25, and leaders announced the Army was doing away with official photos in promotion and selection boards to eliminate bias.