"Diversity is about recognizing and leveraging the differences in all people, "Larry Stubblefield, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Diversity and Leadership.

The Army has realigned what was formerly known as the Army Diversity Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Civil Rights Office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance and Complaints into the new organization known as the Army's Diversity and Leadership Office.

Larry Stubblefield is the appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Diversity and Leadership. As the DASA, Stubblefield's role is to develop and direct policy, principles, and practices into the Army's mission for the strategic management of human capital.

"The Army is the strength of our nation and that strength is rooted in understanding the differences each of us bring to the organization. The Diversity and Leadership Office has been tasked to develop and implement a diversity strategy, which will include developing a campaign of comprehensive training, education and awareness. Diversity initiatives will aid in ensuring Soldiers and Civilians feel confident, safe, and be able to celebrate differences, not deny them," said Stubblefield.

The Office is designated a Field Operating Agency of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Implement a comprehensive diversity and leadership strategy throughout the Army will increase and enhance our ability to attract, recruit, hire, develop and retain a motivated and high performing workforce.

The recent alignment fosters enterprise-wide integration of diversity principles into all aspects of human capital management and leader development for our military and civilian personnel and underscores the Army's commitment to the principles and compliance of Equal Employment Opportunity. "EEO serves as the foundation and cornerstone from which Diversity is achieved".

With a new direction comes a new mission and vision. The new mission for Diversity and Leadership is to sustain the Army's posture as a model employer of choice and its competitive advantage in strategically utilizing all human resources to their fullest potential. Diversity and Leadership will lead by example and maintain an environment that is conducive to developing a force that is ready, capable and motivated toward accomplishing the mission.

The vision includes being the Army's facilitator for Diversity and Leadership of military and civilian policy, program and practice.

Stubblefield noted the mission of the Diversity and Leadership is a tall order, but he is confident of its success. "Diversity and Leadership continue to be in the ASA MRA top ten priorities and that is a mandate that will serve the cadre of staff who are committed and capable of accomplishing the Army's mission of national security and defense."

Mr. Stubblefield became a member of the Senior Executive Service in September 2005 when he was selected as the Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.