Skip to comments.Goldfein: Embracing Diversity Isn’t About Being Politically Correct, It’s a “Warfighting Imperative”
Posted on 03/04/2019 3:17:03 PM PST by bkopto
Improving diversity and acceptance across the Air Force isnt just about being politically correct, its a warfighting imperative, USAF Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Friday.
Speaking to a room packed full of airmen at AFA's Air Warfare Symposium, Goldfein said for himself and many leaders across the service, it can be hard to recognize issues other airmen face. These leaders need to accept that we have blinders on as leaders, and need to reach out to airmen from all backgrounds, races, genders, etc., to point out ways to improve.
The only way we can see that is to surround ourselves and build teams in ways that others can point them out for us, Goldfein said, adding that there needs to be a big tent culture of acceptance in the Air Force.
Goldfein said in his own career he had his own blinders on because the military experience in many ways is made for people like him. He always flew in equipment that is made for men, unlike women who can be forced to fly a nine-hour sortie in equipment not built for them. He said hes never been the only one of me in a room.
Every time Ive been in a room, most people in that room looked like me, sound like me, he said.
Unlike many women in the Air Force, hes never been scrutinized to a different level or been told jokes that could be offensive.
To illustrate his point, Goldfein told a story about his first chief master sergeant when he was a squadron commander, and a box. One day, the chief came into his office and handed him the box and said that it makes your airmen mad and it oughta make you mad. He said he couldnt understand his point. Looking closer, it was a box of flesh colored Band-Aids.
I aint getting it, Goldfein said he told him.
The chief pulled out the pink, flesh-colored Band-Aid and put it on his skin. The chief is black, the Band-Aid is made for white people, and the bandage completely stuck out.
He said, That ought to make you mad, because it makes a lot of your airmen mad. And he winked and he walked out, Goldfein said. So whats the moral of the story, as leaders, as servant leaders. I couldnt see it. I couldve stared at that thing for weeks and I would never have seen it.
It takes someone from a different background to be able to point out something you could never see as an issue, Goldfein said.
The challenges we face as a nation are wicked hard, and its going to take folks with different backgrounds, different life experiences, and different perspectives to be able to come in and sit down together and provide the creative solutions that we as a nation need to be able to fight and win, he said.
Diversity is another word for mediocrity.
What a d-bag.
Promotion and hiring of people simply because of the color of their skin or who they f’ed last week is still discrimination. And it’s worse than quotas because those seek representation in percentage found in society.
We are in the age of white men need not apply.
A lot of fancy words to justify guys who wanna bugger each other, chop their penises off, and bandaids not calibrated to your skin color.
Definitely a “warfighting imperative”. /s
The dems are trying to crush those that dont think like they do. Kill them, jail them, fine them, penalize them every way they possibly can.
Dems do not want diversity because they cant let people exist who think differently from them, and leave them alone or be able to speak freely and exercise their rights and live their values.
bake the fuching cake, christian.
that’s the diversity of the socialist libtards.
How does "diversity" help the Air Force kill enemies? How does "diversity" help the Air Force destroy enemy weapons and materiel?
Goldfein has either drunk the KoolAid or he just wants to preserve his pension.
Go to Rome and ask the military chiefs of the Roman Empire how all that diversity worked out for them.
I hope when the time comes we don’t have this diversity slug defending us!
Guy got his stars through Obola, didn’t he?
(Can’t say he actually “earned” them, can we?)
You objection is unspecific. Please elucidate.
“Guy got his stars through Obola, didnt he?”
And just like his Canadian buddy O’Shaughnessy, that’s the only reason he’s there.
Leading to the next question...why’s he still there?
With his logic, we should have lost WW 1 and 2. Idiot holdovers from Obama’s reign, Trump should have fired every three and four star officer on day one and replaced them with genuine war fighters and not social experimenters.
How did we ever manage to win WW1 or WW2??
Not if your the government. The largest discriminator of all.
Just another example of how the undrained swamp is biting America in the butt.
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