DEIA office announces volunteer opportunities to foster workplace diversity and inclusion

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The DEIA office currently has volunteer opportunities available aimed at enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across the base. These positions are integral to the office’s mission to foster a more inclusive and equitable workplace. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply.

Federal Women’s Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM), civilian employee: The office is seeking a dedicated individual to take on the role of Federal Women’s SEPM. This collateral duty position requires the candidate to allocate 20 to 24 percent of their regular duty time to the program. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of civil rights laws, executive orders, EEOC regulations, and Air Force policies that safeguard women from discrimination. The role demands familiarity with the challenges and barriers women face in federal employment and the ability to provide informed advice to management on the status and advancement of women within the installation.

Military Member Employee Resource Group (MERG) Lead, E-7/O-3 or above: The Military MERG Lead is a crucial link between the military personnel and the higher echelons of the Air Force leadership. This role involves communicating the needs of the military members, contributing to barrier and trend analysis, and recommending strategies to eliminate unlawful practices.

MERG members: MERGs act as an extension of the EO office, representing the diverse voices of the workforce. Members of MERGs will collaborate with Special Emphasis Program Managers, serving as liaisons to address the concerns of various groups. Their goal is to identify and dismantle obstacles to career advancement and development.

The committee seeks to reflect the diverse demographics of the workforce, encompassing military and civilian personnel across various organizations, occupations, grades, ages, genders, disabilities, and national origins. All federal employees and service members are welcome to join, irrespective of their affiliation with any affinity group.


Black Employment Strategic Team
Ide Tafaba Tchapouh

Hispanic Empowerment & Advancement Team
Jason Velez

Disability Awareness Team
Gregory Boykin

Indigenous Nations Equality Team
Stephanie Pyka

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Initiative Team
John Bergstresser and Ming Geng

Military Action Team

Pacific Islander & Asian American Community Team
Tony Lau and Aloha Reynolds

Veterans Awareness Team
Jessica Patten

Women's Initiative Team

40+ Employment Program
Chad Clement

Special Observance Committee members: Special observances recognize groups for their accomplishments and contributions to the Air Force by enhancing diversity awareness and harmony in the workforce while combatting stereotypical beliefs through education.

This allows for greater mutual respect and understanding and opens communication among different members. They are designed to enhance cross-cultural and cross-gender awareness and promote harmony among all military members, their families, and the DoD civilian workforce.

Professionally, leading, participating or planning programs can provide high visibility and can be used as accomplishments in personnel evaluations.

All special observances recognized by Hill AFB are observances that are directed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and as established by law, bill, or resolution of Congress.

Special observances/POCs –

Holocaust Remembrance Day/Days of Remembrance (April/May)
Mikel Gregory

Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)
Master Sgt. James Garrido

Pride Month (June)
Master Sgt. Michael Gray

Juneteenth (June)
Tech. Sgt. Anthony Abraham and Staff Sgt. Jaren Brinker

Women’s Equality Day (Aug.)
Capt. Vallaree Mcarthur and Master Sgt. Blake Erickson

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept./Oct.)
Master Sgt. Devin Holmes and Senior Airman Alyx Price

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (Oct.)
Maj. Jessica Tagatac

National American Indian Heritage Month (Nov.)
Master Sgt. Christopher Ingle and Staff Sgt. Aaron Hughes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (Jan. 2025)

National African American/Black History Month (Feb. 2025)

Women’s History Month (March 2025)

If you are interested in any of the above-mentioned opportunities, please contact the listed POCs or Melanie Aytch, Affirmative Employment Program Manager, at 801-777-5443 or