New EOA steps up for 2nd MAW

20 Nov 2012 | Lance Cpl. Paul E. Wyatt

The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing has a new equal opportunity advisor. Gunnery Sgt. Kelly A. Hetrick assumed responsibilities of the billet from Gunnery Sgt. Kevin E. Brown Tuesday.

Brown, who has been the 2nd MAW EOA for four years, said he has been tirelessly working to get rid of stereotypes about the equal opportunity program. He said it’s not about being politically correct, as many seem to believe, but is all about treating others with dignity and respect.

“Every leadership issue is not an equal opportunity issue,” said Brown. “However, every equal opportunity issue is a leadership issue.”

The EOA’s job, according to Marine Corps Order 5354.3B, “... is to assist the commander in executing the commander’s equal opportunity program.” In practice however, Brown said he feels it requires a much more personal touch.

Brown said his chief duty is just to talk to Marines every day and ensure they know their rights and responsibilities as Marines when it comes to equal opportunity issues.

As Brown prepares to move on with his career, Hetrick is on deck to take his place. Hetrick, who served in her primary military occupational specialty as a career planner for more than nine years, comes to the air station from Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. She said she is happy to be in a position where she can continue to provide guidance to Marines.

“It is important to help provide guidance to Marines because unit effectiveness and trust in our leadership is paramount for mission readiness,” Hetrick said.

As the EOA, Hetrick said she will provide all Marines and Sailors within the 2nd MAW the most up-to-date training and guidance on equal opportunity policies and procedures.

Hetrick’s goal during her time as EOA is to “... continue to strive for excellence, just as Gunnery Sgt. Brown has strived for excellence the last four years here at the air station.”

“Our Marine Corps’ most valued assets are the men and women themselves,” Hetrick said. “All persons, regardless of race, gender, religion, age, color or national origin will be treated with dignity and respect.”

Hetrick said she is always available for Marines to talk about equal opportunity issues, and looks forward to getting to know the command.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point