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Officials recognize contributions to diversity

Posted 7/6/2010   Updated 7/6/2010 Email story   Print story


Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office

7/6/2010 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas  -- Air Force officials have selected the winners of the 2010 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award for their contributions to the joint fight and role in enhancing an organizational culture that values diversity.

The BIG Meritorious Service Award is awarded to a military member and a Department of Defense civilian employee who have significantly contributed to the war on terrorism through outstanding support to the mission of their organization and demonstrated support for the full integration and promotion of African-Americans within the armed services or federal civilian work force.

The military winner is Capt. Christopher Robinson of the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The DOD civilian employee winner is Vivian McGhee with the 410th Supply Chain Management Squadron also at Robins AFB.

Captain Robinson deployed as squadron operations superintendent providing oversight for 60 flights in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, which included 40 combat sorties supporting 200 polling sites during Afghanistan elections.

Ms. McGhee led her flight of 55 people in providing warfighter support by managing 9,000-plus items worth more than $3.3 billion internal to the automatic test equipment for all Air Force aircraft.

The awards will be presented at the August 2010 BIG National Training Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

For more information on this and other Air Force recognition programs, visit the Air Force Personnel Center personnel services website at or call the Total Force Service Center toll-free at (800) 525-0102 or DSN 665-5000.

8/30/2010 9:38:02 AM ET
But an award that is named 'Blacks in Government' How does this promote diversity...sounds more divisive to me even if it is open to all to apply for.
8/23/2010 12:38:13 PM ET
This is a great opportunity to promote diversity by recognizing our Airmen and their achievements. This type of award is needed because we face many challenges just because of our ethnicity. I want a diverse force - a stronger force.
Michael, TX
7/11/2010 8:42:46 AM ET
Not a well thought out award. To make it equal and fair to all we will have to have one for a person of every color such as caucaision hispanic american indian on and on. This is an award that fosters prejudice among all personnel. What happened to reguardless of race creed color rules
Ricky Lynn, Florida
7/8/2010 12:47:08 PM ET
Couldn't call it any better... the whole PC game is getting ridiculous. We are all one team RED WHITE and BLUE. Knock it off
P-Rod, Vegas
7/6/2010 9:33:24 PM ET
This is stupid. Celebrate diversity by encouraging awards based on separatism. Stop these stupid politically correct awards.
Jack, KS
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