Navy Convenes Diversity Advisory Group Meeting

Story Number: NNS040930-08Release Date: 9/30/2004 5:17:00 PM
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By Chief Journalist (SW/AW) Bill Houlihan, Navy Personnel Command Strategic Communications Office

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy's Diversity Directorate convened the first meeting of the Diversity Senior Advisory Group Sept. 21 to tap into the knowledge and experience of senior leadership as the Navy works to realize its diversity vision.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Nathman, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Gerry Hoewing, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/AW) Terry Scott joined a panel of professionals at the Pentagon to discuss the employment of a corporate diversity strategy.

During this first of a series of quarterly meetings, the group outlined the progress the Navy has already made and discussed potential improvement areas.

"We're here to discuss a diversity strategy that will contribute to our overall mission," said Nathman to the advisory group. "Thank you for participating and giving the Navy your views on why diversity is a crucial component of our human capital strategy."

Hoewing later commented on the relationship between diversity and the Navy's ability to maintain mission readiness.

"This advisory group is providing insight and best practices for the development of diversity in the Navy ...because diversity is not just about race and's about leveraging the diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities each Sailor possesses...and that makes us more operationally capable."

"This diversity initiative is part of our human capital strategy and is an important part of taking care of our people," said the Navy's Diversity Director Cmdr. John Hefti.

The next advisory group meeting is scheduled for January.

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