Amid the fight to defend the nation, some may have become concerned over the lack of a Diversity and Inclusion office.
For the Department of Defense, that is.
Those worried can relax — there’s now, in fact, one in place.
As noted by The Daily Caller, “The Pentagon recently formed the unit as part of its push for more diversity in its ranks and chain of command.”
And on March 1st, the group got its very first chief, as RedState’s Streiff wrote about yesterday.
The Instagram account for the U.S. Special Operations Command posted the news (yes, that’s how old you are — even SOCOM’s on the ‘Gram):
“On Monday, March 1, 2021, USSOCOM welcomed its first-ever Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Mr. Richard Torres-Estrada.”
The military man’s been around…in the diversity and inclusion field:
“Mr. Torres-Estrada has nearly two decades worth of experience working diversity and inclusion programs and activities in federal agencies.”
Uncle Sam’s cleaning up his act:
“Mr. Torres-Estrada’s arrival corresponds with the publication of the USSOCOM D&I Strategic Plan, which will guide the enterprise-wide effort to institutionalize and sustain D&I.”
Diversity and Inclusion = a more effective fighting force:
“We look forward to Mr. Torres-Estrada’s contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of #SOF (special operations forces) through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best.”
SOCOM wrapped it with a hashtag:
USSOCOM welcomes our new Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, Mr. Richard Torres-Estrada. We look forward to his contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of #SOF through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best. #QuietProfessionals pic.twitter.com/Z6aJnz91mx
— USSOCOM (@USSOCOM) March 25, 2021
Congratulations to Richard on the appointment.
The military, in general, is truly changing its ways.
In February, I covered the U.S. Navy’s addition of “antiracist” books to its official reading list.
A week earlier, I wrote of Congress and the Pentagon’s possible renaming of ten military bases due to their Confederate monikers, including North Carolina’s Fort Bragg and Fort Hood in Texas.
Private Elvis Presley at Fort Hood in the spring of 1958. pic.twitter.com/CjLVnlwij2
— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) February 2, 2021
A month prior, the service placed a chaplain under investigation for calling into question transgender individuals’ mental health:
So Andrew Calvert is a chaplain on active duty in the @3rdSFAB and he equates trans troops to flat-earthers.
He cannot be trusted to support soldiers for another minute @SecArmy #TransBanRepeal pic.twitter.com/OwDqKFPerf
— Naveed 🇺🇸 (@ArmyofNaveed) January 26, 2021
That story followed new Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin announcing he’s in favor of transgender recruits.
All that, amid a kinder, gentler Army:
Be All You Can Be: U.S. Army Announces the Allowance of Lipstick, Nail Polish, and Better Breastfeeding
— RedState (@RedState) February 10, 2021
Back to Diversity and Inclusion Chief Richard, some assert he’s got a ways to go on including things that are diverse.
Allegedly, he previously tweeted and Facebooked the following (Language Warning):
The latest @USSOCOM hire shared this meme comparing Trump to Hitler.
This new hire is clearly an attempt to purge Trump supporters from elite military units. pic.twitter.com/mYreUO6FsD
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 26, 2021
This is from the Facebook page of USSOCOM's new Director of Diversity & Inclusion Richard Torres-Estrada. pic.twitter.com/QwaD7DfazS
— jsf072002 (@jsf072002) March 27, 2021
Do you agree that all police are racist, a point your latest hire made in his publicly-available Facebook page? pic.twitter.com/qxgAPdmKId
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 26, 2021
Tucker Carlson took recent note:
"DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY" – Pentagon makes a big announcement. USSOCOM just announced that RICHARD TORRES-ESTRADA is their new Chief of Diversity & Inclusion. America is much "safer" now.😟 pic.twitter.com/nPghKZeTj4
— Martin Martin (@martin1812963) March 27, 2021
When it comes to national security, all times are perilous times.
Perfection is a process, and the government’s still figuring things out.
Hopefully, each move is making us even safer than the last.
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