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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"I come from a country where no one looks alike; we are the product of many different cultures and languages, but we have found a way to be Americans first. In doing so, we have been able to keep our cultures and celebrate our differences… We have been able to turn our differences into our strength."

- Gen. Eric Shinseki, 34th Chief of Staff, May 2000

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"Though we sit there and cry and complain about [personal protective equipment] everyday...when you need it and it comes down to it, this is why the commander says to wear it. We wear all this equipment for a reason, but you don't see it until you need it! If I didn't have these, I'd have one eye right now, I'd be blind...it'd be a hell of a way to let down your team."

- Spc. James Belcher, turret gunner assigned to Headquarters Support Company, 46th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade

Soldiers gain confidence in protective gear after they walk away from attack

CALENDAR

2009: Year of the NCO

2009: Year of the Military Family

2009: 100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

May 2009:

- National Mental Health Month

- National Military Appreciation Month

- Asia Pacific American Heritage Month

May 8 : Military Spouse Day

May 8-10 : Best Ranger Competition

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

What is it?

Over the next month, installations around the world will be hosting speakers, cultural events and exhibits that recognize the valuable contributions Asian Pacific Americans have made, and continue to make, to our Army. The celebrations are part of the nation's annual observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which runs through 31 May. The theme, "Leadership to Meet the Challenges of a Changing World," prompts the Army to not only commemorate the rich heritage and selfless service of Asian Pacific Americans, but to highlight the many opportunities available to them in America's Army.

What is the Army doing?

Nearly 50 activities will be held Army-wide in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. At the Pentagon, a display will be erected that highlights some of the accomplishments made by Asian Pacific Soldiers and Army civilians, such as Ms. Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth, a wounded Iraq War veteran who was recently confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs. The Center of Military History will also build an exhibit in tribute to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was composed of American-born Japanese during World War II and is the nation's most highly decorated unit for its size and time in combat. Public affairs officers are asked to capture the events happening at their installations and submit print and image materials via CORE, the Army’s Content Online Resource Enterprise, a web–based content management system.

Why is it important to the Army?

The diversity of our Force makes us truly "Army Strong. " Asians and Pacific islanders have served and led at every level of America's Army, from the earliest Asian Pacific enlistees of the Civil War to the first Asian American four-star general and 34th Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is the Army's chance to show its appreciation for Asian Pacific Americans and highlight the opportunities that continue to exist for them to serve as Soldiers and Army civilians.

Resources:

Asia Pacific American Heritage Month

G-1 Army Diversity page

To submit print and image materials log into CORE.

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