Black History Month spotlight: Master Sgt. Lamon Gregory

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  • By Mr. Christopher Parr
  • 932nd Airlift Wing

As we commemorate Black History Month, let's celebrate the rich diversity of talent and strength within the 932nd Airlift Wing and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Acknowledging the profound impact that African Americans have made and continue to make in every aspect of our military community.

Master Sgt. Lamon Gregory Jr., 932nd Force Support Squadron, Sustainment Services Air Reserve Technician works daily operations in support of the 932nd Airlift Wing.

Gregory shares an inspirational figure in his Air Force journey.

Gregory contributes to Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Barnes, the first Black American Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, as paving the way for shaving waivers to be authorized for Airmen diagnosed with pseudofolliculitis barbae.  PFB is an irritation often caused by curved hair follicles in post-shaven hair-bearing areas with more curly and coarse hair, as seen in African Americans.

Although he was black, Gregory felt that Chief Barnes was chosen for the job based on his qualifications and not because of his race.

“He worked for equal opportunities for minorities and women,” said Gregory. “He makes me feel like there isn’t a limit on what I can accomplish in the Air Force or just life in general.”

Gregory believes the Air Force is doing better today in providing equal opportunities for minorities and women, and credits the improvement from diversity training that was initiated in recent years. 

Gregory has a strong belief in why supervisors need to understand the importance of diversity.

“It was a one-time class but I believe the Air Force needs to expand on that,” added Gregory. “Diversity should be regularly communicated about the importance to all members and the need to create a supportive environment.”

The 932nd Airlift Wing and U.S. Air Force Reserve proudly observe Black History Month, a time dedicated to recognizing and honoring the remarkable achievements, contributions, and history of African, Caribbean, and Black Americans in our military and beyond.