Member Employee Resource Group represents Hill LGBTQ+ personnel

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Strategy and Integration Office at Hill Air Force Base extends an invitation to those who would like to help identify how recruitment, representation, retention, and advancement of LBGTQ+ personnel are affected by policies, procedures, and practices in the workplace. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Initiative Team (LIT) Member Employee Resource Group (MERG).

The LIT MERG is co-managed by John Bergstresser, a general law attorney with the Judge Advocate General Corps assigned to the 75th Air Base Wing, and Geng (Leo) Ming, an electronics engineer with the 309th SWEG's 518th F-16 Center Display Unit team. Together they field the concerns of LGBTQ+ employees in regard to hiring, training, mentoring, career development, and retention. They also serve as an advisor to management and employees alike, in order to make sure that all personnel can benefit from the full range of employment opportunities.

Volunteers for the program become part of LIT MERG, meeting together monthly via Teams and/or in person to identify and assess matters of concern to the LGBTQ+ community.  They then collaborate to remove barriers and overcome those challenges.

The MERG is open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and is vital to fostering a positive and rewarding workplace climate and employment life cycle.

To become part of a MERG and serve as a working group to assist and support the Special Emphasis Program Managers and MERG Leads; volunteers simply only need their supervisor’s approval for accountability purposes.  MERG members serve as liaisons who provide insights regarding the concerns and needs of employees represented by the program, while also helping to identify and working to remove barriers to advancement and career development for their constituents.

For more information or to join the LIT MERG, contact John at john.bergstresser.1@us.af.mil or Leo at ming.geng@us.af.mil.