BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government®

BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government®

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Welcome to the BIG Pentagon Chapter
of Blacks In Government® Website

Our chapter is named after the Pentagon, Headquarters of the Department of Defense and one of the world's largest office buildings. It is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. The National Capitol could fit into any one of the five wedge-shaped sections. There are very few people throughout the United States who do not have some knowledge of the Pentagon. Many have followed news stories emanating from the defense establishment housed in this building.

The Pentagon is virtually a city in itself. Approximately 23,000 employees, both military and civilian, contribute to the planning and execution of the defense of our country. These people arrive daily from Washington, D.C. and its suburbs over approximately 30 miles of access highways, including express bus lanes and one of the newest subway systems in our country. They ride past 200 acres of lawn to park approximately 8,770 cars in 16 parking lots; climb 131 stairways or ride 19 escalators to reach offices that occupy 3,705,793 square feet. While in the building, they tell time by 4,200 clocks, drink from 691 water fountains, utilize 284 rest rooms, consume 4,500 cups of coffee, 1,700 pints of milk and 6,800 soft drinks prepared or served by a restaurant staff of 230 persons and dispensed in 1 dining room, 2 cafeterias, 6 snack bars, and an outdoor snack bar. The restaurant service is a privately run civilian operation under contract to the Pentagon.

The BIG Pentagon Chapter functions as an employee support group, an advocacy group and resource group for Black Civil Servants at the federal, state and local level. The organization functions as a nonprofit, nonpartisan group. BIG's goals are to:

  • Be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks in government.
  • Eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.
  • Promote professionalism among Blacks in government.
  • Develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government.
  • Establish a mechanism for the gathering and dissemination of information of Blacks in government.
  • Provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional and national significance that affects Blacks in government.

Thank you for visiting the BIG Pentagon Chapter of Blacks In Government® website. Please contact us if there is anything that our chapter can do to assist you.


Mary K. Thomas