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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Monday, May 9, 2016

What is it?

During the month of May, the U.S. Army joins the nation in honoring Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent for their military and civilian service. These individuals have proudly served in America’s Army during the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom.

This year’s theme is: Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies.

What has the Army done?

Army leaders continue the longstanding legacy of embracing diversity and working to recognize the capabilities of its diverse force by properly seeking out, accessing, developing and fully utilizing the individual talents and backgrounds of all its military and civilian personnel. Leaders at all echelons of the department are responsible for setting the conditions and standards to foster and sustain a culture where all Soldiers and Civilians can reach their full potential and have viable careers within the Army profession.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

The Army will continue to leverage the strengths of a diverse, all-volunteer force to remain highly capable and mission ready. The Army is committed to working with the appropriate DOD offices and officials to ensure everyone who’s able and willing to serve has full and equal opportunity to do so, and is treated with dignity and respect.

Why is this important to the Army?

The U.S. Army strongly embraces diversity as a way to create a system that maximizes individual talents, increases morale and greatly enhances military effectiveness. Past and present Asian-American and Pacific Islander Soldiers and Army Civilians have built a legacy of professionalism, selfless service, dignity and respect, and continue this legacy today while inspiring generations to come.


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