Vermont National Guard Logo News
Articles
News | Feb. 11, 2021

State EO manager recaps Air Force's independent racial disparity review

The Vermont National Guard’s equal employment manager conducted an overview of the Air Force Inspector General’s 150-page Independent Racial Disparity Report in the Vermont Joint Diversity Executive Council’s semiannual newsletter, released Feb. 2.

Duffy Jamieson reports that the report’s findings “reveal a troubling perspective” but also hopes that the Air Force’s commitment will lead to change.

The report, which reviews military justice data, career development and opportunity data, and Air Force instructions and publications, was released in December 2020 on direction from Air Force senior leaders, who ordered the report shortly after Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd in May 2020.

"We're analyzing root causes and taking appropriate actions to address these challenges," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown Jr. said in a statement accompanying the report. "Now we must all move forward with meaningful, lasting, and sustainable change."

Jamieson writes that the findings indicate Black Airmen are:

  • 72 percent more likely to receive punishment under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  • Twice as likely to be discharged based on misconduct.
  • More likely to be suspects in special investigations, apprehended by Security Forces, and the target of sexual harassment cases.
  • Overrepresented in specific career fields that may adversely impact their promotional chances.
  • Overrepresented in professional military education nominations, but not in designations to attend.
  • Underrepresented in promotions to E-5 through E-7 and O-4 through O-6.
  • Underrepresented in "Definitely Promote" allocations for O-5 and O-6.
  • Underrepresented in civilian GS-13 through Senior Executive Service grades.

With respect to retention, the report found no consistent disparity based on race, Jamieson writes. There were more separations at five to 15 years of service, but fewer separations with 16 to 20 years of service.

“The report made a point to state that while the review found racial disparity, that does not necessarily mean racial bias or racism is present,” Jamieson writes. “The review focused on the existence of disparity, not the cause.”

However, as Jamieson notes, six additional statistics stood out from the report’s findings:

  • Two out of every five Black service members did not trust their chain of command to address racism, bias, and unequal opportunities.
  • One out of every three Black service members said they believe the military discipline system is biased against them.
  • Three out of every five Black service members believe they do not and will not receive the same benefit of the doubt as their white peers if they get in trouble.
  • One out of every three Black officers do not believe they are afforded the same opportunities to advance as their white peers.
  • Two out of every five Black civilians have seen racial bias in the services’ promotion systems.
  • Half of all respondents said they experienced or witnessed racial discrimination from another Airman.

The Air Force Inspector General is due to conduct a progress report within six months, followed by an annual review, Jamieson writes. Both assessments will be publicly released.

Click here to view the February 2021 JDEC Newsletter.

National Guard News
U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 75th Artillery Brigade; and U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia, Air National Guard, unload and employ a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during a HIMARS Rapid Infiltration exercise as part of Defender Europe 22 at Bornholm, Denmark, May 24, 2022.
167th Airlift Wing Supports Multinational Exercises in Europe
By Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle, | June 17, 2022
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The West Virginia National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft crew, maintainers and air transportation specialists supported multinational exercises in Europe in May.The annual Swift...

A group photo of the 15th Civil Support Team, Vermont National Guard, and a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear battalion from the North Macedonia Army during a State Partnership Program engagement in Colchester, Vt., June 6-11, 2022. The engagement focused on working with civil authorities in the event of a disaster.
Vermont National Guard Hosts SPP Partner North Macedonia
By Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alvarez, | June 17, 2022
COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Vermont National Guard’s 15th Civil Support Team hosted six Soldiers from North Macedonia for civil support training at Camp Johnson June 6-11 in an exchange as part of the Department of Defense National...

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 91st Cyber Brigade conduct a mountain warfare exchange and an advanced tactical planning exchange with soldiers from the Republic of Tajikistan May 16-20, 2022, in Romit, Tajikistan. Virginia and Tajikistan are partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.
VNG Soldiers Conduct Mountain Warfare Exchange in Tajikistan
By Mike Vrabel, | June 17, 2022
ROMIT, Tajikistan – Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 91st Cyber Brigade conducted a mountain warfare and advanced tactical planning exchange with soldiers from the Republic of Tajikistan.The exchange May 16-20...

Left to right, back to front: U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 William Von Hemert, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brady Lemmon, Sgt. Christopher Buchanan, Sgt. Ashley Camper and Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Moore, medevac crewmembers with Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, Virginia National Guard, in front of their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, June 2, 2022. The team  evacuated two injured Albanian State Police officers from the mountainous region of northern Albania.
KFOR Medevac Team Crosses Borders to Save Lives
By Sgt. 1st Class Warren Wright, | June 17, 2022
CAMP BONDSTEEEL, Kosovo – The term medevac conjures the image of injured Soldiers carried by stretcher and loaded onto a Black Hawk helicopter. However, a much different story recently played out for one Kosovo Force aircrew...

U.S. Air Force Capt. Elijah Lincoln, center, is awarded an achievement medal May 14, 2022, at Fort DeRussy, Hawaii, for standing up the Hawaii National Guard’s first Cyber Mission Assurance Team. With him are U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi Jr., Hawaii Army National Guard commander, and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Glen Hayase.
Hawaii Air Guard Cyber Team Honored for Cyber Defense Work
By Staff Sgt. John Linzmeier, | June 17, 2022
HONOLULU – Three Hawaii National Guard Airmen received achievement medals at Fort DeRussy May 14 for enhancing the Guard’s cyber-response capabilities.The team of cyber analysts and operators was handpicked to start one of...