USAG HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Far East District (FED) Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. Dennis J. McGee, participated in the Strength in Diversity Pledge Ceremony at U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) headquarters, May 13. The event was hosted by the USFK Strength in Diversity Council, which was created to tackle Gen. Robert B. Abrams’ priority of Strength in Diversity. On behalf of the District, McGee signed the pledge to commit FED to maximizing efforts in promoting an environment of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
“The Far East District values the unique differences of each of our employees—that is both theirs and our strength. Our unique mission here in Korea requires a diverse workforce in order to deliver on our commitments to our customers here,” remarked McGee upon signing the pledge in the USFK auditorium.
The Far East District consists of people of different shapes and sizes, in many colors, with different religions, from many cultures, speaking many different languages. Our collective actions and continued commitment to eliminating discrimination and promoting the benefits of a diverse and inclusive community ensures an enduring and positive impact among all ranks of service members, civilians, and family members.
USFK Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Lt. Col. Nic Williams, was responsible for organizing the pledge ceremony, which called to USFK leaders to pledge on behalf of their respective organizations to commit to strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. “It takes unity of effort and individual actions for a diverse and inclusive community,” said Williams in his closing remarks. Williams stressed the importance of the actions and efforts of each individual in our daily life as well as leadership’s efforts for a diverse organization.
This event serves as the precursor to the Strength in Diversity Town Hall event, June 17. For more information, visit the USFK website at https://www.usfk.mil/Strength-in-Diversity/.
As part of FED’s internal initiatives to support diversity efforts, the District stood up its first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion council earlier this year. The council is looking for additional members of the District to join its ranks and contribute to officializing its charter. Those who are interested in participating should contact FED EEO Manager, Stephen Brown at 315-755-6096 or commercial 0503-355-6096.