Strength is our Diversity


Discrimination or Rasism Extremism


All attributes, experiences, cultures, characteristics, and backgrounds of the total force which are reflective of the Nation we serve and enable the Army to deploy, fight, and win.

Race - A division of humans identified by the possession of traits that are transmissible by descent and that are sufficient to characterize persons possessing these traits as a distinctive human genotype.

Ethnicity - That which sets off a group by race (defined as genetic), religion (preferred denomination), national origin (country of one's ancestors), or some combination of these categories.

Nationality - An individual's or ancestor's place of origin. Also applies to a person who has the physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a national group.

Gender - The internal perception, experience, or sense of being male or female. Includes how a person labels themselves based on how much they align or do not align with what they understand their options for gender to be. Common identity labels include man, woman, trans or transsexual, and gender fluid, among others. Gender identity may or may not align with one's physical anatomy.

Sexual Orientation - The type of sexual, romantic, and/or physical attraction an individual feels toward others of the same or opposite sex.

Religion - A personal set or institutionalized system of attitudes, moral or ethical beliefs and practices held with the strength of traditional views, characterized by ardor and faith, and generally evidenced through specific observances.



The fair treatment, access, opportunity, choice, and advancement for all Soldiers and Civilians while striving to identify and encourage drivers and identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of the total force.


  • Loyalty - Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit, and other Soldiers. This means supporting the military and civilian chain of command, as well as devoting oneself to the welfare of others.
  • Duty - Fulfill your obligations. Duty is the legal and moral obligation to do what should be done without being told.
  • Respect - Treat people as they should be treated. This is the same as do unto others as you would have done to you.
  • Selfless Service - Put the welfare of the Nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own. This means putting the welfare of the Nation and accomplishment of the mission ahead of personal desires.
  • Honor - Live up to all the Army Values. This implies always following your moral compass in any circumstance.
  • Integrity - Do what is right, legally, and morally. This is the thread woven through the fabric of the professional Army ethic. It means honesty, uprightness, the avoidance of deception, and steadfast adherence to standards of behavior.
  • Personal Courage - Face fear, danger, or adversity (physical or moral). This means being brave under all circumstances (physical or moral).

Leadership Development

The deliberate, continuous, sequential and progressive process, grounded in Army values, that grows Soldiers and Civilians into competent and confident leaders capable of decisive action. Leader development is achieved through the lifelong synthesis of the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained through the developmental domains of institutional training and education, operational assignments, and self-development.



The process of valuing and integrating each individual's perspectives, ideas, and contributions into the way an organization functions and makes decisions; enabling workforce members to achieve their full potential in focused pursuit of organizational objectives.

Removing Barriers

Empowers leaders to identify harmful trends targeting a specific stigma or stereotype, thereby assisting the command in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers.

Fair & Impartial Treatment

The belief that persons, irrespective of individual demographics shall be treated in the same basic manner under the same or similar circumstances.

Amry Team Building

Army team building is a continuous process of enabling a group of people to reach their goals and improve their effectiveness through leadership and various exercises, activities and techniques (FM 6-22).

  • The goal of Army team building is to improve the quality of the team and how it works together to accomplish the mission.

Unit Cohesion

Unit Cohesion is the bond of relationships and motivational factors that help a team, unit or organization works together. A cohesive team puts aside interfering differences and chooses to work together. Teams develop cohesion through three elements: bonding, commitment, and resolve.

  • Bonding is the development of strong interpersonal relationships among team members and their leaders. Bonding results from shared experiences through which interpersonal relationships are developed.
  • Commitment is dedication to the team and what it represents and to the values and goals of the Army. All team members must be committed to working as members of the team and realize that others depend on them.
  • Resolve is the shared determination and motivation of teammates to work interdependently to accomplish the mission and to sustain this capability over a long period.


Warfighting focused, powered by inclusion and cohesion, delivering sustainment professionals and solutions to achieve victory.

The CASCOM and Fort Lee Community is committed to maintaining a positive command climate free of discrimination, founded upon safe, equitable, and inclusive conditions that create diverse, adaptive, and cohesive teams where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Commanders and leaders at all levels must foster environments which allow individuals to speak openly and candidly without fear of reprisal. We must encourage tough conversations about improving our team, to include: having leaders who are committed and engaged; enhanced mission readiness; be the employer of choice; inclusive leader development programs; inclusive culture Army-wide; and total force equity. Our people are our greatest strength and most important weapon system. We will leverage the diversity of experience, values, and talent to ensure the Army maintains a competitive advantage in the war for talent.


The intent of the Command Topics is to help further develop an awareness and understanding of diverse and inclusive topics within our unique community, through relatable and entertaining resources that provide a variety of perspectives. Join Community leaders and build upon Diversity is our Strength this month as we continue to enjoy and educate ourselves through a diverse assortment of literature, media, art, film, music and more!

Each month the Command TOPIC features a new theme or focus that highlights a particular group topic or perspective.

This month’s observance will be
“Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month”

TIME The Immigrants of Angel Island
The History You Didn't Learn on YouTube:

Directed by Erika Lee

The Time video features a succinct discussion on the very different treatment of largely European immigrants at Ellis Island and of those at San Francisco's Angel Island where Asians entered the country from 1910 until 1940. The 12minute video has one sentence about Asian women being denied entry because they were seen as sex workers and a section on the challenges an Indian family faced that led to the husband's killing himself.

A vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging, "The Leavers" is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away - and how one woman learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

By Lisa Ko published by Thomas Allen & Son Limited

One morning, Deming Gou's mother Polly goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. Left with no one to care for him, eleven-year-old Deming is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an "all-American boy" But for away from all he's ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother's disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

How Asians and Pacific Islanders Shaped America

The CBS Mornings Podcast

May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, a time to reflect on how these communities have shaped the history of the U.S. while also examining the struggles and discrimination they have faced in America. Erika Lee, one of the nation's leading immigration and Asian American historians. as well as a professor of American history at the University of Minnesota, joins CBS News Asia correspondent Ramy Inocencio to discuss the concept of "Asian America" and the pivotal moments and essential lessons in history. Lee is also extensively featured in the five-part PBS docuseries "Asian Americans" which debuted this month.

Command Topics Disclaimer: The appearance of a title and accompanying summary in this list do not imply or constitute an endorsement or an approval by United States Combined Arms Support Conmmand of any of the products, services, or opinions of the authors or creators. However, these books, articles, music, and other media contain thought-provoking ideas and viewpoints relevant to diversity and inclusion. CASCOM neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, completeness, or legality of the content of the books, articles, music, and other media referenced in this list.