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Diversity Day featured at base picnic

Three dancers perform a traditional Chinese folk dance during the Diversity Day celebration at Schriever Air Force base July 16. Eight different entertainers performed different dances throughout the day. Along with the performers, Team Schriever members were also able to sample different ethnic food to include lumpia and Greek hummus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke)

Three dancers perform a traditional Chinese folk dance during the Diversity Day celebration at Schriever Air Force base July 16. Eight different entertainers performed different dances throughout the day. Along with the performers, Team Schriever members were also able to sample different ethnic food to include lumpia and Greek hummus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke)

By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Team Schriever members attending the base picnic July 16, got a taste of diversity during the annual Schriever Diversity Day.

More than five different vendors provided an array of food from different cultures for Team Schriever members to sample.

“We had everything from a whole pig to lumpia to Navajo fry bread,” said Edward Vaughn, 50th Space Wing equal opportunity office.

Also featured was a selection of Greek food including hummus and spankopita, a spinach cheese pie.

Food wasn’t the only thing on the menu during the celebration. Eight different cultural entertainers and entertainment groups were on hand to perform the traditional dances and songs of their culture.

Understanding and celebrating diversity throughout the Department of Defense and the Air Force is a top priority commented on by Senior Air Force leaders.

“Diversity is a strategic imperative for our Nation, and something that we must pursue together,” said Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff. “Diversity is about strengthening our force and ensuring our long-term viability, so that, in the future, your Air Force is an even more effective steward of America’s trust.”

The Schriever Equal Opportunity office works throughout the year to ensure that Team Schriever members have a better understanding of different cultures and ethnicities.

“The same ethnic groups we see at our Diversity Day are some of the same people both military and civilian that push our mission daily,” said Mr. Vaughn. “The Air Force could not be as successful as they are without all these cultures contributing to the mission. Moreover, when we learn about other cultures it helps us open our mind to new ways to accomplish the mission.”

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