U.S. Army Europe Equal Opportunity Advisor of the Year 2012

Nov. 5, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


U.S. Army Europe photo.
MSG Alozie Wosu, USAG Baden Wurttemberg Equal Opportunity Advisor, talks to a Soldier about the Army EO program in Heidelberg, Germany November 1, 2012. EO advisors are charge with helping maintain equality in the workplace by identifying discrimination cases, assessing human relations climate, and providing advice and assistance to commanders to prevent, reduce or eliminate discriminatory practices.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Master Sgt. Alozie Wosu was selected as the U.S. Army in Europe Equal Opportunity Advisor of the Year October 22, 2012 in Heidelberg, Germany. This award will allow him to compete for the 2012 Secretary of the Army, Diversity and Leadership Award for Equal Opportunity Professionals.

 “This is just one opportunity  for commands in USAREUR to showcase their unit’s/community’s Equal Opportunity Program and recognize their Equal Opportunity Advisor for his/her contributions to a successful EO program,” said Sgt. Major Michael Fuller, USAREUR EO Program Sergeant Major.

“I received a phone call while I was in the office last week Monday, said Wosu. Sgt. Major Fuller called to congratulate me for winning the USAREUR EO Advisor of the year for 2012.” said Master Sgt. Wosu, USAG Baden-Württemberg EO Advisor. “I was pleasantly surprised to hear that I won since I was not expecting to win.”

Equal Opportunity Advisors help maintain equality in the workplace by identifying discrimination cases, assessing human relations climate, and providing advice and assistance to commanders to prevent, reduce or eliminate discriminatory practices.
“You must have strong support from your leadership and to receive that support, you must be visible so they value what you can contribute to mission readiness,” said Wosu “Once that is established, the leadership will go out of their way to support you. Everyone must come together to get things done.”

To be eligible for nomination for the award, an individual must have performed the duties of an Equal Opportunity Advisor for the entire fiscal year. Each quarter, one of the Equal Opportunity Advisors is recognized as the command Equal Opportunity Advisor of the Quarter—at the end of the fiscal year, the four quarterly winners compete for the annual award, and the opportunity to compete at the Army level.

“Soldiers will always complain, regardless of what they do. It’s you as the leaders, how you handle the complaint, is what is going to make a difference,” said Wosu.

“You must be able to support the Soldier, no matter who they are, whether it is a young Soldier or a senior leader. It doesn’t matter, put the rank away and look at a person first and ask yourself how can I make a positive impact?” said Wosu. “We have to be able to separate our status (rank) from being a human being.”

Senior noncommissioned officers are eligible to be Equal Opportunity Advisors, military occupation specialty being immaterial. Once selected to become an Equal Opportunity Advisor, they must graduate the Equal Opportunity Advisor course at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute in Florida, and then serve a two- or three-year tour as an Equal Opportunity Advisors.


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