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Equal Opportunity Archive
Posted on September 11, 2012 | No CommentsFORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Equal Opportunity Office hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Sept. 8, 2012 at Fort Pickett, Va. National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed every year from Sept. 15- Oct. 15 and celebrates the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The event at Fort Pickett included dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana in Fairfax County and food from Acapulco’s Mexican Grill in Blackstone as well as information about famous Hispanic Americans and their role in our history. “The dancers were great,” said Capt. Kervin Sider, the state Equal Opportunity officer. “They are demonstrating part of their culture and that...
Posted on July 3, 2012 | No CommentsSANDSTON, Va. – Senior leaders, Soldiers and employees from the Virginia National Guard celebrated their 4th annual Diversity Day June 27 at the Mullins Armory in Sandston, Va. The focus of this year’s diversity event was on the culture of Asian Pacific Islanders. The event was hosted by the Virginia National Guard’s Equal Opportunity Office and aimed to educate attendees on the importance of celebrating and recognizing the diversity found in the Guard, and on recognizing that even through differences in upbringing, gender, race or ethnic identity, similarities still exist between individuals in the Virginia Guard’s diverse force. “At each event you learn something new about someone’s culture which helps you to understand the differences that we have in our...
Posted on March 22, 2012 | No CommentsFORT PICKETT, Va.—The Equal Opportunity office of the Virginia National Guard welcomed Soldiers and civilians to celebrate Women’s History Month March 21 at the proposed Virginia National Guard and Fort Pickett museum at Fort Pickett. The special program included a “round table forum” and a brief presentation by Col. Michelle Rose, Joint Resource Manager of the Virginia Guard. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., Adjutant General of Virginia, promoted Rose to the rank of colonel earlier that morning in Sandston. The forum afforded female Soldiers an opportunity to voice the experiences and some of the unique hardships they face during their careers as women serving in the military. The Soldiers shared their experiences and learned that others have faced similar obstacles...
Posted on March 5, 2012 | No CommentsFORT BELVOIR, Va. — In honor of Women’s History Month, the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division invited a diverse panel of female Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers to share their experiences March 3 about what it’s like to serve as a woman in the military. This training was sponsored by the Virginia National Guard Equal Opportunity Office and is only one part of a series of efforts to increase awareness of diversity within the National Guard and honor those who have paved the way for minority groups in the military. A remarkable 25 percent of the 29th ID are women, compared to the 16 percent that make up the Virginia National Guard as a whole. Commanding General of the 29th...