Special and ethnic observances: Creating new traditions

(U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons)

(U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons)

The Department of the Air Force supports the Department of Defense’s efforts to celebrate special and ethnic observations annually. These observances are mandated through Joint Congressional Resolutions, Publics Laws, Title 36 USC and Presidential Proclamations to enhance cross-cultural competence, while promoting harmony, teamwork, respect and understanding among all military members, DOD employees and their families. 

 

Special and ethnic observances are an opportunity to gain knowledge, and hone our abilities to effectively promote mutual respect, education and recognition of the numerous cultures that contribute to our diverse nation.

 

In line with DOD and Department of the Air Force efforts, 27th Special Operations Wing senior leaders are committed to ensuring the men and women of Cannon Air Force Base are afforded the opportunity to gain knowledge on the various special and ethnic observances recognized throughout the year. 

 

The success of each special and ethnic observance is directly related to base involvement, at all levels. To ensure equal recognition and to facilitate widespread participation, the 27 SOW Director of Staff and Equal Opportunity Office are responsible for ensuring each special or ethnic observance is properly celebrated and recognized. 

 

The 27th SOW will hold an inaugural Cannon Culture Day Celebration in July. This will take place in addition to the special and ethnic observances that are annually recognized. This day of celebration will not only provide members of Cannon education, but food, sports activities and fun for military members, civilians and their families.

 

The EO office will provide more insight into each special or ethnic observance by publishing articles on each of the observance listed below:

 

January – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday: This observation recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s contribution to the Civil Right Movement and is celebrated the third Monday in January.

February – Black History Month: This observation recognizes the contributions of various African Americans and is celebrated during the month of February.

March – Women’s History Month: This observation recognizes the contributions of women throughout history and is celebrated during the month of March.

April – Holocaust Remembrance Day/Days of Remembrance: This observation recognizes the victims of the Holocaust and is observed eight designated days within April.

May – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: This observation celebrates the history, traditions, and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and is observed during the month of May.

June – Pride Month: This observation recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peoples throughout history, along with gay rights in relation to civil rights and is observed during the month of June.

August – Women Equality Day: This observation celebrates women being granted the right to vote and is celebrated Aug. 26.

September – Hispanic Heritage Month: This observation celebrates the contribution of Hispanic and Latino Americans and is celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

October - National Disability Employee Awareness Month: This observation provides employee awareness and the contributions of individuals with various disabilities, and is observed throughout October.

November – National American Indian Heritage Month: This observation recognizes music, traditions and culture of the Native American Indian people, and is celebrated during the month of November.

 

The EO office is always looking for individuals, both military and civilian, who would like to be a part of the various special and ethnic observance committees. Requests for committee members will be sent base-wide prior to each month’s observance.

 

The EO office will also be looking for volunteers to help make the Cannon Culture Day Celebration a success. Each of you has something special to contribute to make this event unforgettable.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the EO office at 575-784-2471 or via e-mail at 27SOW/MEO@us.af.mil.