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A C-130 Hercules takes off from Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 18, 2016. The 374th Airlift Wing sent two aircraft to support the Japanese government in their relief efforts for the series of earthquakes that recently took place in the Kyushu region. The aircraft transported heavy vehicles and personnel from Chitose Air Base, Hokkaido, to Kyushu. (Air Force photo/Yasuo Osakabe)

The Air Force is launching a second disparity review, to be conducted by the service’s inspector general (IG). The action follows a similar review conducted last year, which focused solely on racial issues. The latest review will address three additional racial categories – Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. Additional attention will center upon gender, as well as an Hispanic/Latino ethnic category.

In ordering the second review, Air Force leadership emphasized the need for additional input from the ranks. Fostering diversity, they say, is an essential component of service strength and capability.

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“The IG team has already begun to gather information contained in a wide array of previous reports, studies and various databases across the Department of the Air Force,” said acting Air Force Secretary John P. Roth. “Although the data is helpful, the most important information will come from our airmen and guardians.”

Once the new review is complete, the service plans to release its results in conjunction with an assessment of actions taken as a result of last year’s review.

“Ensuring fair and equitable discipline and development for all our airmen and guardians is critical,” Roth said. “We are committed to promoting an environment free from personal, social and institutional barriers that might prevent our members from rising to their highest potential.”