Diversity promotes mission effectiveness Published July 23, 2009 By Senior Master Sgt. Chuck Gruver 190th ARW Human Resource Advisor FORBES FIELD ANGB, Topeka, Kan. -- Embracing and fostering a culture of diversity endears us to each other and forms lasting relationships that bond us together. On the other hand, when diversity is lacking in an organization, the absence can damage the institution's ability to respond appropriately to members' needs. Mission failure then becomes a very real possibility. Proactively supporting diversity and leadership initiatives begin with our teammates and fellow Airmen. We have invested valuable time and limited resources on every unit member -- civilian, enlisted and officer. In today's challenging times everyone matters... everyone! We should always treat people with respect and dignity. Ask yourself: · What is a diversity / leadership initiative you currently have in your organization? · What is the cost to your organization if you do nothing about it? · How does this effect morale, retention, or productivity on base? We should all make every day count by giving 100 percent effort - our nation expects no less. Care for your mission; put the maximum effort into your work as though someone's life depended on it, because in many of our duties, it does. As Airmen, and especially the leaders of Airmen, it is important to remember we possess a valuable resource that is never-ending, abundant and valuable - the ability and responsibility to cultivate a culture of diversity for our Airmen.