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Lt. Col. Christopher Anderson, the 1st Combat Camera Squadron commander, reaches to assist a combat camera Airman during an obstacle course at the Army Training Center in Fort Jackson, S.C., Jan. 29, 2017. Exercise Scorpion Lens is an annual ‘ability to survive and operate’ training exercise mandated by Air Force Combat Camera job qualification standards. (Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James R. Crow)

The man who would be the Air Force’s top civilian manpower official promises that if he is confirmed, he would focus on several key issues the service now faces. During an Oct. 5 confirmation hearing before the Senate, Alex Wagner told the panel that he plans to address improving diversity, preventing and mitigating suicide, and confronting sexual harassment.

Diversity, Wagner said, “is not only the right thing to do, but it offers us strategic advantages.”

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Wagner also expressed support for the decision to move sexual assault and harassment investigations outside of the chain of command, and promised to “look at the data” before deciding whether probes of murder and other serious crimes also should be moved outside the chain.