2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Monday May 7, 2012

What is it?

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is May 1-31, 2012. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad - of which the majority of workers were Chinese immigrants - on May 10, 1869.

This year's theme, "Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion" was chosen to highlight Executive Order 13583 -- Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce, signed by President Obama on Aug. 18, 2011.

Asian Pacific Soldiers have a distinguished legacy in our Army, from the courage of the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team, to the distinguished service of Gen. (Retd.) Eric K. Shinseki, who achieved the highest position in the Army as the 34th Army Chief of Staff and who now, serves as the 7th Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Prominent Asian Pacific Soldier and Iraqi war veteran, Ms. Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth, who served as the Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, from 2009 to 2011, and Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, who was recently confirmed as the Chief of Engineers/Commanding General, United States Army Corps of Engineers. These great Americans, and so many other Asian Pacific Soldiers and civilians, clearly show that excellence in leadership and our diversity and inclusion are what makes us uniquely American and "Army Strong."

What has the Army done?

Army leadership has asked the entire Army Family to pause and give sincere thanks and appreciation for the past and present contributions Asian Pacific American Soldiers, civilians and family members have made. Leadership has also encouraged everyone to publicly honor them by planning and executing appropriate commemorative activities to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

What is planned for the future?

The Army will pay tribute to Asian Pacific American Soldiers, civilians and family members by telling their stories in command information products at all levels. Army installations throughout the world will also honor them through local events during the month.

Why is this important to the Army?

This month, we express our sincere gratitude for the many years our nation and Army have benefited from the contributions and sacrifices of Asian Pacific Americans that have helped make America what it is today.


Army.mil: Asian Pacific Americans
Presidential Proclamation- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2012
Senior Leader message- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month







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Senior Leaders are Saying

"The backgrounds and experiences of Asian Pacific Americans are as diverse as our Army today. This month, we express our sincere gratitude for the many years of our nation and Army have benefited from the contributions and sacrifices of Asian Pacific American that have helped make America what it is today."

- Senior Leader message

Tri-signed letter- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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- Lt. Col. Robert Collins, product manager for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, known as WIN-T, Increments 2 and 3, which is a major upgrade to the Army's tactical communications backbone and provides an on-the-move network that reaches down to the company level for the first time.

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