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Biden nominates former California congressman to take over Pentagon’s personnel office

Apr 13, 2021

Biden nominates former California congressman to take over Pentagon’s personnel office

Military Times

Former Congressman Gil Cisneros has been tapped by President Joe Biden to lead the Pentagon’s Personnel and Readiness office, the latest in a series of leadership moves for the Department of Defense.
Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance Urges the Air Force to Review the Racial Disparity of Hispanics in the Service

Jan 28, 2021

Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance Urges the Air Force to Review the Racial Disparity of Hispanics in the Service

The HVLA recommends that the review be modeled after the Air Force’s recently released Independent Racial Disparity Review (IRDR), which focused primarily on black service members.
Air Force's Inspector General releases Report of Inquiry, Independent Racial Disparity Review

Dec 19, 2020

Air Force's Inspector General releases Report of Inquiry, Independent Racial Disparity Review

The Inspector General - Department of the Air Force

Assesses racial disparity in military discipline processes and personnel development and career opportunity as they pertain to black Airmen and Space Professionals.
DoD releases Diversity & Inclusion Final Board Report

Dec 18, 2020

DoD releases Diversity & Inclusion Final Board Report

US Department of Defense

Today, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller announces the release of the Department of Defense Board on Diversity and Inclusion Report, “Recommendations to Improve Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Military”, and its resulting implementation plan.
Women protecting their country, yet military fails to protect them

Nov 11, 2020

Women protecting their country, yet military fails to protect them

San Antonio Express News

I am a combat veteran. Those who know me understand I am no slouch. So why did I not report the many times I was sexually harassed during my time in the military?

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Gil Cisneros: A life of service towards others

Apr 22, 2021

Gil Cisneros: A life of service towards others

Military Times

The nomination of Gil Cisneros to be under secretary for personnel and readiness at the Department of Defense is welcomed by the Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance (HVLA) as timely and visionary.
The Need to Address Hispanic Disparities in the Air Force

Jan 27, 2021

The Need to Address Hispanic Disparities in the Air Force

The undersigned recently reviewed the Air Force’s Independent Racial Disparity Review (IRDR) published in December 2020, which focused on disparities affecting the African-American members of the force and provided recommendations to develop systemic action plans for each.
There should be more Hispanics in the senior ranks

Jun 24, 2020

There should be more Hispanics in the senior ranks

Stars and Stripes

The continuing focus on Diversity and Inclusion has become more of a "Race issue" and a "Gender issue" than an "Ethnicity issue".  The Hispanic American population has grown to be the largest minority group in this country, and yet, comparatively speaking, our Armed Forces still do not reflect “the face of the nation” with regard to the Hispanic American population.
DoD Must Do More to Recruit and Grow Hispanic American Officers

Mar 16, 2020

DoD Must Do More to Recruit and Grow Hispanic American Officers

MOAA: Military Officers Association of America

The struggle for equality of races, genders, and ethnicities at the Defense Department has undergone many positive transitions since the end of World War II. But, counter to these successful outcomes, there are other groups severely lacking in representation in the senior ranks of military and civil service levels. One of these groups has a strong tradition of exemplary service to our nation.

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Jun 3, 2021

The Way Ahead for the Next Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

War on the Rocks

Some of the most powerful national security positions in Washington are ones you’ve never heard of. The under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness is one of those positions.

May 6, 2021

Top US General Urges Greater Racial Diversity in Military

Military.com

The U.S. military must widen opportunity and improve advancement for Black service members, who remain vastly underrepresented in some areas, including among Air Force pilots and in the most senior ranks, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.

May 3, 2021

Podcasts

In partnership with Mr. David Cruz, Strategic Communications expert and Salem Media Network, HVLA is conducting a series of podcasts to increase national awareness regarding the lack of Hispanic diversity and inclusion in the DoD and to further our mission.

Apr 28, 2021

Latinos make up 17% of all enlisted military members, but only 8% in leadership. How can that change?

AL DÍA News Media

Colonel James “Jim” Saenz from the HVLA comments on the underrepresentation of Hispanics in the military and offers solutions.

Apr 24, 2021

Enough about ‘not picking sides.’ The only right position is against white supremacy and extremism

AirForce Times

In late March, the U.S. Air Force Academy held its Department of Defense-mandated extremism stand-down training to examine and to eradicate extremism and white supremacy within the ranks.

Apr 13, 2021

Biden nominates former California congressman to take over Pentagon’s personnel office

Military Times

Former Congressman Gil Cisneros has been tapped by President Joe Biden to lead the Pentagon’s Personnel and Readiness office, the latest in a series of leadership moves for the Department of Defense.

Mar 17, 2021

Fewer than 15% of congressional nominations to military academies are Black or Hispanic students, new report shows

Hartford Courant

Fewer than 15% of students nominated by members of Congress for national military academies since the mid-1990s have been Black and Hispanic, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.

Mar 16, 2021

The State Department has a systemic diversity problem

Politico

Antony Blinken’s State Department is racing to address a 232-year-old problem: the overwhelming and entrenched whiteness of the nation’s oldest government agency.

Feb 10, 2021

Opinion: Latinos deserve — and expect — equal representation in the Biden administration

The Washington Post

President Biden has appointed four Latinos to Cabinet positions and several others to high positions in his administration. But they’re only the start. Or at least, they should be.

Jan 28, 2021

Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance Urges the Air Force to Review the Racial Disparity of Hispanics in the Service

The HVLA recommends that the review be modeled after the Air Force’s recently released Independent Racial Disparity Review (IRDR), which focused primarily on black service members.

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