ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Two Joint Munitions Command staff members recently participated in a Department of Defense workforce diversity event held at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina in mid-April.

The two-day "Taking the Pentagon to the People" event was hosted by Clarence Johnson, Director, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity Office of the Under Secretary of Defense in cooperation with Dr. James Anderson, Chancellor, Fayetteville State University.

Tamara Moland, Director, JMC Equal Opportunity Office and Cory Britt, Ammunition Demilitarization Specialist and Minority College Relations Program member, served during a panel discussion concerning federal outreach recruiting and workforce development.

"It is our goal to engage with educational and policy leaders, staff, administrators and university students to showcase DoD as a model employer," said Johnson. "We also aim to present historically Black Colleges and Universities and minority institutions leaders and faculty with information regarding prospective participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics efforts. With continued support and collaborative efforts between government and the private sector, MSIs will continue to play a critical role in our Nation by preparing men and women for the workforce and providing innovation and technology solutions in support of our men and women in uniform."

"Increasing the number of graduates in STEM disciplines, especially among underrepresented student populations, is a top priority of our strategic plan," added Dr. Anderson. "To support these efforts, we are making significant investments in STEM disciplines and hope to increase research internships for our students with the Department of Defense."

Many senior Fayetteville State University and DoD senior leaders provided opportunities for students to learn about potential government positions in the science, mathematics and engineering fields.

JMC's role was to develop engagement initiatives and strengthen the partnership between the Federal government and minority serving educational institutions. Its purpose as part of the Minority College Relations Program is to train, mentor and coach college students to enhance their job skills and abilities to qualify for potential job placement at JMC or the DoD. Moland and Britt were both recognized for their diversity efforts with award presentations at the event.

Through the MCRP, JMC exhibits its "ongoing commitment to sustain an inclusive total force where men and women of all walks of life are able to achieve their full potential," stated Britt. "We recruit and hire interns that allow students to gain experience working for the U. S. Government for 12-week sessions that may lead to a permanent job offer based on their skills and abilities." Britt is an MCRP student graduate who began his government career as an intern at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, McAlester, Okla.

This "Taking the Pentagon to the People" program will benefit JMC as it recruits a workforce to manage the receipt, storage, issue demilitarization and production of conventional ammunition for all U.S. military services. JMC is the sustainment and logistics integrator for life-cycle management of ammunition for the Department of Defense. These efforts will create the skilled future force needed to accomplish its core competencies.