U.S. military sets standard of diversity, patriotism we all should emulate

Commentary | June 6, 2001 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

What is both remarkable and unremarkable about the Fort Lewis track team is that it is completely integrated, with black, white, Hispanic and Asian American kids, coaches and parents. And although I don't make it a habit of asking people their name, rank and serial number, I bet the team parents and coaches are both officers and enlisted personnel with a pretty broad spectrum of income among them. The point is, the team works, both on and off the track.

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