Corps' diversity a strength
By Sgt. Jimmie Perkins
| Marine Corps Recruiting Command | June 23, 2005
The Marine Corps participated in a reception for the release of the 2005/2006 TIYM African American Yearbook held at the Library of Congress June 23.
This is the Corps’ fifth year advertising in the publication, which provides a wide range of resource and referral information about the African American community.
This year’s reception gathered representatives from various government agencies, private sector business and members of the U.S. Armed Services and Congress.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Michael Hagee, was the keynote speaker and his remarks described the Marine Corps as a diverse and robust organization, made stronger by its ethnic diversity.
“Today, diversity is embraced as a key to the success of our Marines on the battlefield,” said Hagee. “The individual Marine’s diverse range of experiences and traditions is the strength of our Corps.”
Business, government and community leaders, recognize the TIYM Yearbook’s value to their organizations efforts to support diversity.
The 2005/2006 TIYM African American Yearbook highlights those experiences, traditions and accomplishments of African Americans in many walks of life, to include the military. This year the Marine Corps is featured in a four-page full-color advertorial that highlights educational and leadership opportunities in the Corps, as well as the accomplishments of several African American Marines. Major Tamia Ashley, a mobilization policy officer for the Marine Corps, is one of the Marines featured in the Yearbook.
“Being included as one of the Marines highlighted in this yearbook is truly an honor and privilege,” stated Ashley. “As an attorney and Marine, I have been afforded the opportunity to excel as a leader and make a positive contribution to the Corps and our society. It is my hope to be a positive example for others who will serve our great nation as Marines and leaders in the future.”
The Marine Corps communicates its message of opportunity and diversity through the African American Yearbook as a means of reaching influencers in the African American community.
“By participating in such mediums as the African American, Hispanic American and Asian American Yearbooks, we are able to deliver our message to all communities throughout the nation,” said Captain Jan-Hendrik Zurlippe, advertising officer, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. “We are also able to engage key influencers from within those communities, from Congressmen to corporate executives. These successful individuals have the ability to positively influence the younger generation.”
In addition to the advertorial, the book contains an introductory letter from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, a recruiting advertisement featuring an African American Marine and a four-page interview with Brigadier General Walter Gaskin, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. Gaskin is the first African American to head the Corps’ recruiting efforts.
For more information or to obtain a copy of this year’s African American Yearbook, visit www.tiym.com.