Diversity Day to show Airmen unity despite uniqueness|
Posted 8/15/2012 Updated 8/15/2012
by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
8/15/2012 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Spangdahlem Air Base's fourth annual Diversity Day takes place 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Club Eifel.
The theme of this year's day is "United Despite Uniqueness" and the purpose of the event is to recognize and represent all cultures and diverse groups here.
"We're united as a military culture and family," said Tech. Sgt. John Wade, 52nd Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity specialist, of the theme. "However, we don't want to hide or shadow the fact that people are unique within their specific culture."
The U.S. Air Force mandates awareness of nine cultures throughout the year; however, there are more than nine cultures to be recognized. This day gives Airmen the opportunity to learn about cultures that are not recognized throughout the year, he said.
"I hope people go and learn something about all the different Airmen on this base and what each culture brings to the table and represents," said Master Sgt. Kimberly Marshall, Diversity Day chair member. "The best thing you can take away from all this is what you're willing to learn about who we work with everyday. It's definitely an educational experience if you take the time to go out and ask questions."
The day also gives Airmen a chance to reflect on all of the different cultures that make up the Air Force and its host nations.
"A lot of people want to be able to highlight within their culture what their food is and what their culture's about," Marshall said. "In essence, were allowing our Airmen to tell their story through their culture's eyes.
"We're all unique yet the same, because we wear the same uniform," she continued. "But, who we are and where we come from is what makes us special."
Aparade will take place to culminate the event showcasing each represented group. This will be a good opportunity for anyone who missed out on the day's events to see what was offered, Wade said. A trophy will also be awarded to the group that best represents their culture.
This year's event will include various booths and events from different cultures and groups including:
· A 5K run 7:30 a.m. at the fitness center
· Food tastings
· Educational information
· A disables persons rugby game
· Performance by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe band "Touch 'n Go"
Planning for next year's event begins in October. People can volunteer as committee members to help organize the event or as diversity representatives to showcase a booth by emailing the equal opportunity office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is this year's schedule of events:
· Opening ceremony 9 a.m.
· Baila Folklorico 9:15 a.m.
· Tai Chi Quan Demonstration 9:45 a.m.
· Spangdahlem kindergarten performance 10:15 a.m.
· Turkish belly dancing 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
· Turkish dancing 11:15 a.m. and 1: 15 p.m.
· Jazz performance 11:30 a.m.
· USAFE band performance 11:45
· FILAM performance 1:30 p.m.
· Thai dancing 2 p.m.
· Polynesian dances 2:15 p.m.
· Closing remarks 3 p.m.
· Parade 3:30 p.m.