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Theodore Shanks — Strength in Diversity: Furthering Diversity and Inclusion in America's Air Force

Friday, November 19, 2021

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Leung Conference Room (110), Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

Strength in Diversity will focus on the importance of diversity in the National Defense enterprise, as well as review the US Air Force’s continuing efforts to foster a more representative force. This lecture will provide an overview of the Air Force’s recent Racial Disparity Review, discuss ongoing Diversity and Inclusion initiatives within the Air Force personnel system, and review recent developments and policies which further representation within the US Air Force.

Military Fellows Speaker Series

Lt Col Shanks is a Visiting Scholar and National Defense Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He previously served as the Provost of the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Training Center and as Commander of the 97th Training Squadron. He has served in several other command and staff positions, including as the Director of Strategic Communications and Speechwriter to the Commander, US Transportation Command, as Chief of Executive Development, Air Mobility Command, and as Air Mobility Division Chief, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. He received his BA in Aviation Management from The Ohio State University, an MA in Unconventional Warfare from American Military University, and holds professional certificates from Saint Louis University and Georgetown University. An Air Force active duty officer and command pilot, he has flown more than 3,000 hours and 500 combat hours in the C-17 and C-21 aircraft and participated in combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and East Africa. In 2014, he graduated from the Air Force’s elite Joint Mobility Fellow program, where he authored ground-breaking research into the future use of unmanned and autonomous airlift systems in tactical environments.