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Wolf Pack celebrates heritage through diversity, inclusion

A woman raises her hand to get the attention of people in a theater.

Deborah Prescott, 8th Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center flight chief, talks to participants during the 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

Two Airmen are standing back to back, talking without looking at each other

Airmen participate in an active listening exercise during 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A woman touches a computer, explaining how she helps the commander with his computer

Master Sgt. Brittany Hambrick, 8th Communications Squadron operations flight chief, explains the squadron's mission to Col. David "Wolf II" Ross, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, during the 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A table is adorned with heritage memorabilia form the past

The 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron displays heritage memorabilia during the 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A young lieutenant is singing on stage with a cheering crowd around him

Republic of Korea Air Force 1st Lt. Park Jong-Hyun, 38th Fighter Group logistics branch officer, performs during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A man talks through a microphone in front of a massive flag

Chief Master Sgt. Ronnie Woods, 8th Fighter Wing command chief, thanks planners, volunteers and attendees during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

Two wing commanders stand side by side

Colonel Christopher "Wolf" Hammond, 8th Fighter Wing commander "Wolf", stands next to Col. John "Mustang" Gonzales, 51st Fighter Wing commander during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A Filipino woman stares into the camera with a mask with the Filipino flag on it

Senior Master Sgt. Mary Anne Chambers, 8th Comptroller Squadron superintendent, shows off her Filipino flag mask during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A woman sings a Filipino song in front of a massive American flag

Ricah Quinto, 8th Force Support Squadron community cohesion coordinator, sings "Hindi Kita Malilimutan" during the 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Monday April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A Ghanaian man gives a thumbs up in front of a bean dish he made
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Captain Eugene Ansah, 8th Fighter Wing chaplain, poses at the African food table during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The 8th Fighter Wing “Wolf Pack” hosted a Seventh Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day, themed “Heritage through Diversity,” at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 12, 2021.

Organized by the wing’s Diversity & Inclusion team, participants celebrated the diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences representative of 7th Air Force personnel across the Korean Peninsula.

“Along our diversity and inclusion journey, we’ve attempted multiple avenues to provide an opportunity to our members to speak their mind,” said Col. Christopher Hammond, 8th FW commander. “What I’ve learned is that everyone has a story, and no one story is the same; which is all the more reason we continue to cultivate and demand a culture of dignity and respect for the members of the Wolf Pack.”

Through conversation and activities that involved audience participation, leaders emphasized the importance of actively listening to different perspectives.

“Sometimes we have the mission pulling us in one direction while we still have personal issues to address,” said Deborah Prescott, 8th Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center flight chief. “Be prepared to stop and speak, and/or listen.”

In an opening video, Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, 7th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Philip Hudson, 7th Air Force command chief, explained the importance of embracing diversity.

“By sharing our perspectives and embracing our differences, we’re taking steps to becoming a more inclusive force,” Pleus said. “I encourage you to share your unique experiences and listen to the stories of others with an open mind and a desire to reach understanding.”

From squadron heritage exhibits, to cultural performances and food booths, participants were reminded to value diversity - both past and present - as the fight for inclusion continues.

“Diversity is strategic,” said Master Sgt. Robert Ivey, 8th FW chief of Equal Opportunity. “Culture change is required to foster an environment where diversity can flourish. We’re on the right track, but progress is a slow thing.

“Diversity is a military necessity,” Ivey said. “It enhances Air Force capabilities and warfighter skills.”

In a closing video, Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown, Wolf 46 and Chief of Staff of the Air Force, shared his insight and encouragement with the men and women of the Wolf Pack.

“We recognize the strength that comes with diversity,” Brown said. “We will keep working to move barriers and remove biases. Be brave enough to be who you are, and also take the time to know each other.”

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Wolf Pack celebrates heritage through diversity, inclusion

A woman raises her hand to get the attention of people in a theater.

Deborah Prescott, 8th Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center flight chief, talks to participants during the 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

Two Airmen are standing back to back, talking without looking at each other

Airmen participate in an active listening exercise during 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A woman touches a computer, explaining how she helps the commander with his computer

Master Sgt. Brittany Hambrick, 8th Communications Squadron operations flight chief, explains the squadron's mission to Col. David "Wolf II" Ross, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, during the 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A table is adorned with heritage memorabilia form the past

The 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron displays heritage memorabilia during the 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A young lieutenant is singing on stage with a cheering crowd around him

Republic of Korea Air Force 1st Lt. Park Jong-Hyun, 38th Fighter Group logistics branch officer, performs during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A man talks through a microphone in front of a massive flag

Chief Master Sgt. Ronnie Woods, 8th Fighter Wing command chief, thanks planners, volunteers and attendees during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

Two wing commanders stand side by side

Colonel Christopher "Wolf" Hammond, 8th Fighter Wing commander "Wolf", stands next to Col. John "Mustang" Gonzales, 51st Fighter Wing commander during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A Filipino woman stares into the camera with a mask with the Filipino flag on it

Senior Master Sgt. Mary Anne Chambers, 8th Comptroller Squadron superintendent, shows off her Filipino flag mask during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A woman sings a Filipino song in front of a massive American flag

Ricah Quinto, 8th Force Support Squadron community cohesion coordinator, sings "Hindi Kita Malilimutan" during the 7th Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Monday April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

A Ghanaian man gives a thumbs up in front of a bean dish he made
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 10 of 10

Captain Eugene Ansah, 8th Fighter Wing chaplain, poses at the African food table during the Diversity and Inclusion Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea April 12, 2021. Participants enjoyed cultural performances and food, as well as discussions and activities related to the day's theme, 'Heritage through Diversity.' (U.S. photo by Tech. Sgt. Will Bracy)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The 8th Fighter Wing “Wolf Pack” hosted a Seventh Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Day, themed “Heritage through Diversity,” at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 12, 2021.

Organized by the wing’s Diversity & Inclusion team, participants celebrated the diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences representative of 7th Air Force personnel across the Korean Peninsula.

“Along our diversity and inclusion journey, we’ve attempted multiple avenues to provide an opportunity to our members to speak their mind,” said Col. Christopher Hammond, 8th FW commander. “What I’ve learned is that everyone has a story, and no one story is the same; which is all the more reason we continue to cultivate and demand a culture of dignity and respect for the members of the Wolf Pack.”

Through conversation and activities that involved audience participation, leaders emphasized the importance of actively listening to different perspectives.

“Sometimes we have the mission pulling us in one direction while we still have personal issues to address,” said Deborah Prescott, 8th Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center flight chief. “Be prepared to stop and speak, and/or listen.”

In an opening video, Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, 7th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Philip Hudson, 7th Air Force command chief, explained the importance of embracing diversity.

“By sharing our perspectives and embracing our differences, we’re taking steps to becoming a more inclusive force,” Pleus said. “I encourage you to share your unique experiences and listen to the stories of others with an open mind and a desire to reach understanding.”

From squadron heritage exhibits, to cultural performances and food booths, participants were reminded to value diversity - both past and present - as the fight for inclusion continues.

“Diversity is strategic,” said Master Sgt. Robert Ivey, 8th FW chief of Equal Opportunity. “Culture change is required to foster an environment where diversity can flourish. We’re on the right track, but progress is a slow thing.

“Diversity is a military necessity,” Ivey said. “It enhances Air Force capabilities and warfighter skills.”

In a closing video, Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown, Wolf 46 and Chief of Staff of the Air Force, shared his insight and encouragement with the men and women of the Wolf Pack.

“We recognize the strength that comes with diversity,” Brown said. “We will keep working to move barriers and remove biases. Be brave enough to be who you are, and also take the time to know each other.”