Tuesday February 3, 2009
U.S. Army honors service of African Americans in military and civil service
What is it?
February is African American History Month, a time during which we honor the many contributions and accomplishments made to our country by African Americans. Throughout the history of the United States, the cultures of African American people have shaped and enriched the American character.
We honor all African American military and civil service for their strength, service, willingness to sacrifice everything for the freedom and liberty cherished by all Americans.
How important is this to the Army?
With the advent of the All Volunteer Force, Army leadership recognizes the invaluable contributions of African Americans in military and civil service.
African Americans play a vital role in the Army of today; they are leaders - officers, non-commissioned officers, and civil service leaders; they are doctors, pilots, mechanics, military police officers, engineers, and senior managers.
In celebrating African American History Month, we emphasize the value the Army places on diversity. We know there is strength in diversity. We are "Army Strong" because we not only place great value in having different perspectives, approaches, and skills but also because we value having ethnic and cultural diversity.
What is the Army doing?
During the period from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, the Army will highlight and honor African American military and civil service at all levels by telling their story in command information products at all levels. Public Affairs guidance is available at Army Public Affairs Portal. During the next four weeks, installations and Forces Command public affairs officers are asked to highlight these stories and share them with the U.S. Army Home page in print and video via the web.
POC: For more information or to submit stories : Philip Jones
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"
A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT
NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY
WAR ON TERROR NEWS
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
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