U.S. Army Reserve

National Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May in recognition of the contributions made by people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States.

The Army joins the nation in honoring Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent for their military and civilian service within the department. These individuals have proudly served in America's Army from the Civil War to current operations all around the world.

The "Asian-American and Pacific Islander" designation encompasses more than 50 ethnic or language groups, including native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. There are now more recognized Asian and Pacific Islander groups than in the past, with 28 Asian and 19 Pacific Islander subgroups representing a vast array of languages and cultures.

The observance began when Congress passed a joint congressional resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time:
•The arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America in 1843.
•The completion of the transcontinental railroad.

This year's theme is "Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together."


Army leaders sustain force capability by properly seeking out, accessing, developing and fully utilizing the individual talents and backgrounds of Soldiers.

Army leadership values the honorable service of all the Service members. In May, a special acknowledgment of Asian and Pacific American Service members, past and present, is prioritized.

Army leadership at installations and National Guard/Army Reserve locations will focus on recognizing Soldiers and civilians of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and their past exploits to present day mission support. The goal is to raise awareness and understanding of their service and sacrifice made throughout history.
May 23, 2018 - The contributions of Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other ethnic and cultural groups are essential to the United States’ heritage and success as a country, said Maj. Eline D. Moeolo-Tuitele at Fort McCoy’s Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance May 17 at McCoy’s Community Center.
May 12, 2017 - The 7th Mission Support Command and U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Thursday with dancing, food and fellowship.
May 8, 2015 - The 85th Support Command Equal Opportunity office hosted an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance, during the command’s weekend battle assembly training, with a special performance by the Barefoot Hawaiian, a local Hawaiian performing arts company based in Des Plaines, Illinois, May 2.
May 7, 2015 - Second Lieutenant Jiaru Bryar traveled on a journey across 10,000 miles, experiencing different cultures; expanding on her education; becoming a US citizen; achieving her bachelors and masters degree; obtaining a career in the federal government; and one day realized that she had just become a soldier in the U.S. Army.
April 28, 2015 - For Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Heritage Month, three Vietnamese-American Army Reserve Soldiers serving with the Army Reserve Medical Command spoke about the journey they and their families took to America and how they think about the Vietnam War.