Post to celebrate Asian-Pacific heritage
Ike McLeese, president of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, will be guest speaker at this year's Asian-Pacific Heritage Month event at Fort Jackson.

FORT JACKSON, SC -- In celebration of Asian Pacific American History Month, the Fort Jackson community is invited to a luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday at the Solomon Center.

"This year, we're trying to do something a little bit different," said Sgt. 1st Class James Tucker, equal opportunity adviser for the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, which hosts the event.

Instead of a catered meal, attendees will have a chance to sample about 70 different menu items from two local restaurants offering Japanese, Korean and Chinese food.

Participants will also have a chance to study a number of educational displays and watch a video about Asian Pacific American history.

The event's guest speaker will be Ike McLeese, president of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and civilian aide to the secretary of the Army. McLeese will speak on the theme "Diverse Leadership for a Diverse Workforce."

Tucker said that he hopes the event will reduce stereotypes and increase understanding of diverse ethnicities.

"I hope people will look at the theme and look at the dynamics of their units and organizations and recognize the contributions Asian Pacific Americans have made to the military and our society," Tucker said.

As an example, he pointed out that workers from China were largely responsible for building the railroad tracks in the West, which helped the nation prosper economically.

Tucker emphasized that Asian Pacific Americans have left a mark on all aspects of life in the United States - from sports and entertainment to business and politics.
Asian Americans have also played an important role in military history. Twenty-eight Asian Americans have been awarded the Medal of Honor, 22 for their actions in World War II, and three each for their actions in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
For tickets, contact your equal opportunity adviser, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, or your unit representative.

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