LGBTQ Pride Month mentoring panel set for June 8

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  • By Marisa Alia-Novobilski
  • Air Force Materiel Command

The Air Force Materiel Command will host a Cross-Cultural Mentoring Panel in conjunction with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month, June 8, at 2 p.m. ET. The virtual event, hosted on Microsoft Teams Live, is open to all AFMC uniformed and civilian Airmen.

Paul Waugh, Program Executive Officer for the Mobility and Training Aircraft Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, will kick-off the event, which will feature representatives from across the Air Force and industry.

Panel members include:

  • -Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback,  Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters, U.S. Space Force
  • -Robert Salcido, Executive Director, Pride Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • -Katie Sheets, Senior Research Electrical Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • -Lauren Duncan, Senior Product Manager, GE Aviation

Sharita Figueroa, Program and Management Analyst, Directorate of Personnel, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, will serve as moderator at the event.

This is the fourth of eight mentoring events scheduled to occur during special observance months throughout 2022. The events are hosted by the AFMC Major Command Barrier Analysis Working Group champions and will focus on issues related to the groups celebrated during the special observance period.

The link for the event will be sent to all AFMC personnel via internal communication channels.

Personnel can submit questions for the panelists prior to the event by emailing

Additional information on AFMC Mentoring and upcoming events is available at