President Joe Biden’s Department of Defense announced on Friday a new Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Composed of civilian men and women, the committee will “provide advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the improvement of racial/ethnic diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity within the Department with a primary focus on military personnel.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin appointed General (Ret.) Lester Lyles to serve as chair of the committee; Lyles said he looks forward to advising Austin on ways to “improve racial/ethnic diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity as a force multiplier in the military.”
The following is the department’s entire news release on the announcement:
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has appointed General (Ret.) Lester Lyles to serve as the Chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACODAI). Lyles is a seasoned organizational leader and US Air Force veteran, with over two decades of executive-level leadership to corporate and STEM-related national boards.
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