Academy celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --

Earlier this month, we kicked off our celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in support of the nationwide campaign. This year’s theme is "My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am." Our objectives are to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions of disabled American workers.

Our workers who may have one form of a disability or another are valuable members of our Air Force family. We are stronger because of the contributions they make, the talents they deliver, and the strengths they possess. They add to the richness of diversity and the power of inclusion in our workforce. During this month long celebration, let us educate ourselves and others on what remarkable Airmen can do, not what they can’t do. So, I encourage all Cadets, Airman and Families to recognize the abilities all Airmen bring to the fight. Recognized as the longest living quadriplegic, Janet Barnes said it best, "I have not been handicapped by my condition. I am physically challenged and differently able." The sum of all our parts makes us the world’s greatest Air Force.

The 10th Air Base Wing National Disability Employment Awareness Month Observance Committee, led by TSgt Luis Caracosa, is hosting a signature event titled "Walking in My Shoes" on 29 Oct at 1500 in the Community Center Auditorium. I invite all of you to attend.