Ft. Stewart, GA – Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, honored Asian American Pacific Islanders Month. Each May, the contributions and the rich cultural heritage of Asian American Pacific Islanders are celebrated throughout the United States.
The Army is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within its ranks, recognizing the immense strength that lies in our differences. With a deep respect for the AAPI community's resilience and sacrifices, the Army acknowledges the extraordinary role Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played throughout our history.
Every Soldier has a unique story of why they decided to join the Army, motivated by personal experiences, family heritage, or a sense of duty.
Maj. Roland Geyrozaga, a 1st ABCT chaplain from Hawaii, embraces his cultural background while serving in uniform.
“Hawaii is a place where diverse cultures and backgrounds come together, and that unity is mirrored in the Army,” Gerozaga said. “Joining the military was a way for me to give back to the country that has given so much to me and my family. I am proud to serve and represent the spirit of aloha while upholding the Army's values.”
2nd Lt. Matthew Hahn, a Military Intelligence Officer with 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st ABCT, 3rd ID, speaks of the deep-rooted sense of responsibility ingrained in him from his upbringing in the Republic of Korea.
“Family members' service in the Korean Armed Forces shaped my worldview," he said. "Learning about the Korean War in high school motivated me to serve the United States. My grandparent's first-hand experiences highlighted how Korea’s hope for democracy prevailed through the intervention of the U.S. and its allies. Their sacrifices inspire my service as a thank you for America's role in securing freedom.”
Asian American Pacific Islanders who serve and have served in the U.S. Army are saluted each year in May.
“We bring our unique backgrounds and perspectives to the table, contributing to the rich tapestry that is the U.S. Army," Geyrozaga said. "Our diversity is our strength, and together, we stand united as one.”