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New total force discrimination hotline number announced 
SAPR News 
By 2nd Lt. Gina M. Vaccaro, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs 

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - The Air Force Discrimination Hotline has a new toll free number that will serve all active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen. The hotline number will ensure all unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment concerns are quickly identified and addressed.

"The Air Force is committed to ensuring all Airmen have access to Equal Opportunity resources when they need them," said Lt. Col. Stephen Miliano, director of Equal Opportunity Operations at the Air Force Personnel Center here. "We want all Airmen to know the Air Force does not tolerate unlawful discrimination. The new phone number provides our customers a direct line to an EO professional."

The new number streamlines the process by which individuals can speak with an EO professional at AFPC to advise and assist with their concerns and issues. This will help enforce the Air Force "zero tolerance" policy for unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment and will increase the effectiveness of antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws.

"Callers will have the option to remain anonymous," the colonel added. "They will just need to provide enough details to ensure the concern can be adequately addressed."

The new toll free Discrimination Hotline number took effect Feb. 22. The toll free number is 888-231-4058; the commercial number is 210-565-5214 and the Defense Switched Network number is 665-5214. The staff at Equal Opportunity Operations is reminding all units to update their policy letters and official postings to reflect the new numbers.

"Personnel with questions concerning Equal Opportunity matters are highly encouraged to use their chain of command and/or local EO office as a first means to address all concerns," Colonel Miliano said. "The hotline is available around the clock to all who do not have immediate access to their local EO office."

For more information about the Discrimination Hotline or EO call AFPC/DPQ at 210-565-2601 or DSN 665-2601. Or you can visit AFPC's "Ask" Web site and search "Equal Opportunity."

4/21/2009