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Pentagon Asks Public for Suggestions on Renaming Bases That Honor Confederate Soldiers

Sep 7, 2021

Pentagon Asks Public for Suggestions on Renaming Bases That Honor Confederate Soldiers

Military.com

The Defense Department’s commission created to look into renaming bases launched a new website Monday and is asking "interested citizens" for recommendations and suggestions.
Cisneros confirmed to lead Pentagon personnel policy

Aug 11, 2021

Cisneros confirmed to lead Pentagon personnel policy

Defense News

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Rep. Gil Cisneros to serve as the Pentagon’s top personnel and readiness official, filling a key Defense Department leadership post that has been frequently vacant in recent years.
Senate Confirms Del Toro as Secretary of the Navy

Aug 9, 2021

Senate Confirms Del Toro as Secretary of the Navy

Military.com

The U.S. Senate on Saturday confirmed Carlos Del Toro as the next secretary of the Navy, ending months without a confirmed nominee in the service's top leadership post.
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.

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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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Oct 8, 2021

Latina Air Force colonel speaking up for victims of military sexual trauma

The Denver Channel

As retired Air Force Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin sits in her kitchen, she flips through a binder of poems she’s written. Every one of them was penned in the last year and a half. Every one of them she describes as “deeply personal.”

Sep 28, 2021

This MOAA Member Encourages Hispanic Servicemembers to Become Leaders

MOAA: Military Officers Associate of America

Retired Col. Lisa Carrington Firmin spent her 30 years in the Air Force leading others and helping them to succeed, all while being looked at as a role model for Hispanic servicemembers.

Sep 20, 2021

HVLA Welcomes Air Force's Disparity Review Confirming Widespread Inequities

Nation’s Top Ranking Hispanic Veterans Association Says Findings Highlight Historical Challenges Confronting Latino Service Members.

Sep 16, 2021

HVLA Announces Three Of Its Picks In Base Renaming Process Underway

Nation’s Top Ranking Hispanic Veterans Association Says Selection Criteria Should Include Service Record and Link to Each Facility’s Mission.

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.

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