Evacuation from Afghanistan: Amid ongoing evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, and shortly before an explosion, 13 U.S. service members were killed and several wounded, Army Sergeant Major Michael Grinston highlighted diversity in the U.S. Army for Women’s Equality Day.
“Diversity is a number – do you have people you don’t see or think of in the room? Inclusion is worth listening to those people,” Grinston wrote in a tweet.
“[Women’s Equality Day] reminds us that we are smarter and more lethal when we come together as an inclusive and coordinating team,” Grinston added. “Our values want it.”
Grinston, according to his biography on the U.S. Army website, serves as the Army Chief of Staff’s personal adviser on issues affecting the Enlisted Force, “devoting more time traveling throughout the military to interact with soldiers and families.”
The official Twitter account for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command echoed Grinston’s comments, “Inclusion & Diversity is our [U.S. Army] good. “
The Grinston tweet received overwhelming criticism from many social media users who questioned his priorities as the Afghanistan evacuation crisis continued.
“It’s important: 11 Marines and a Navy Corpsman were killed. Americans” wrote Jesse Jane Duff, a U.S. Marine veteran, in a tweet. Each [flag-covered] coffin is identical. We have [Afghanistan Crisis] and this is your tweet. Shame. “
A suicide bomber struck shortly afternoon in front of a mosque in Kabul, killing at least 18 U.S. servicemen and wounding at least 18 others, according to U.S. officials. ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to the Army website, Grinston was sworn in as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Army on August 9, 2019, and holds every leadership position in the artillery.