By Joel Davidson, Alaska Watchman
Alaska-based airmen at both JBER and Eielson Air Force Base are undergoing systematic diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training sessions as part of a wider effort to fundamentally reshape traditional U.S. military culture.
According to the Eielson Base website, the installation launched a DEI program earlier this year with the aim to promote a “culture of diversity and inclusion.”
Pacific Air Forces Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Officer Tony Cruz met with base supervisors in late May to help them train airmen in better “understanding different perspectives.” He used simulated scenarios during the sessions.
“An individual gets to engage with an avatar but behind the avatar there is a learning specialist which is a real person that will interact with you over scripts and scenarios that have been written based on real experiences in the Air Force,” Cruz was quoted in the Eielson article. “Once they’re done, we start unpacking the event with the individual, and people start sharing their own perspectives and opinions.”
Cruz also delivered controversial diversity workshops to Airmen across the base, something he has done at every Pacific Air Force installation – the 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base in Japan, the 7th Air Force at Osan AB in the Republic of Korea, and the 11th Air Force at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
In addition to Cruz’s efforts, Elmendorf Air Force Base posted a job opening for a DEI manager in March. The $93,367 to $121,378 job entails implementing so-called “educational programs” to help implement the base’s “Diversity and Inclusion mission.”
DEI dogma has also made considerable inroads into the U.S. Air Force Academy, where junior cadets are now being targeted in order to transform military leadership in the decades ahead.
According to an Aug. 22 article in American Family News, Air Force Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Rod Bishop said he was informed that Academy has begun left-wing “sex education” briefings.
Bishop is chairman of Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services, Inc. (STARRS) – a group of veterans standing against “woke” ideology in the U.S. military and its service academies.
Bishop said cadets are currently undergoing DEI training with specific instructions to not to take pictures or record the sessions. These cadets are on track to become the next generation of Air Force officers.
According to Bishop, the cadets are authoritative trained to believe that “gender is how you see yourself,” and they are told to “respect the gender choices of those who will be reporting to them.”
American Family News reported that multiple parents of cadets say their children have been “subjected to a male calculus teacher who wears a female uniform to class.”
Bishop noted that DEI ideology is rooted in Marxism, and he is concerned that “Either senior leadership has been indoctrinated themselves; or they are just saluting smartly and following directions from leftist-leaning civilian leadership, not taking a stand against this politicalization, indoctrination, and cultural change being forced upon the military.”
The Biden Administration’s insistence on pushing DEI on servicemen has drawn the ire of many House Republicans who now want to eliminate all Department of Defense funding for this indoctrination, while banning military drag shows and critical race theory initiatives.
According to Stripes.com, the 45-member House Freedom Caucus is vowing to vote down any government funding stopgap that fails to “end the left’s cancerous woke policies in the Pentagon undermining our military’s core warfighting mission.”
“Our military is supposed to defend America, not cater to every left-wing clown,” Rep. Eli Crane, R-Ariz., posted on X. Crane served with the Navy SEALs.
In addition to opposing DEI indoctrination, the Freedom Caucus wants to ban taxpayer funding for transgender “health care” in the military, as well as abortion-related travel and services.
If the Democrats double-down in demanding these services, it could lead to a partial government shutdown. The House is debating a temporary funding bill for the 2024 fiscal year. Failure to pass it could delay pay for troops beginning Oct. 1.
The military’s increasingly aggressive DEI mission comes at a time when the armed forces are struggling to recruit new troops and suffering from record low public confidence.