Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage

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.

Capt. Vancamp Popese, 100th Battalion, talks about what service means to him and talks about his family's legacy of service. Also interviewed is his dad, Popese Popese Jr., talking about life in the military and why he served for his family.
Mothers inspire us to be better people. One Army Reserve Soldier and mother demonstrates this in an exceptional way to her children and inspires them to continue her legacy. Interviews: Spc. Jeremy Revera 9th Mission Support Command Sgt. Jody Peter 1984th U.S. Army Hospital
Lt. Col. Charles Djou of the 9th Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve, talks about what makes American Samoa a unique and significant place to serve. In the month of May, we celebrate the rich history and traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and recognize their profound impact on the readiness and future of America's Army Reserve.
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MAJ. GEN. Viet X. Luong


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.

88th Readiness Division Chaplain Team

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May. 11, 2021

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Army Reserve Spc. Feiyu He, a yard specialist deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with the Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based 1185th Deployment and Distribution Support Battalion, stands in one of the yards his battalion operates at Kuwait's Shuaiba Port. The Chinese-born He is applying for U.S. citizenship with the support of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command's operational command post at the camp. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neil W. McCabe)

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Apr. 11, 2021

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Soldier Honors and Continues her Grandfather's Legacy

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May. 26, 2020

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I was born in Hawaii and a first generation American. My mom's side of the family is from El Salvador and my dad from the Philippines.

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May. 09, 2020

The Army recognizes May as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and to recognize the...
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U.S. Army Reserve Soldier reflects on how heritage has shaped her service

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May. 17, 2019

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Army family legacy of service inspires at Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month observance

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May. 29, 2018

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Major, American Samoan shares story at Fort McCoy Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance

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May. 23, 2018

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Col. Alex Wells, 7th Mission Support Command deputy commanding officer, speaks to guests of the 7th MSC and U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, which celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Thursday with dancing, food and fellowship. The event, which took place on Daenner Kaserne at the Kaiserslautern Community Activities Center, featured a number of musical and dance acts, as well as a variety of different foods from around the Pacific.

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May. 12, 2017

The 7th Mission Support Command and U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz celebrated Asian American Pacific...
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Capt. Joshua Choi, chief of Military Law, 85th Support Command, speaks to soldiers about his experience as an immigrant from South Korea, and his decision to join the United States Army. Choi was a guest speaker during the 85th Support Command’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance hosted by the command’s Equal Opportunity office, May 2. The observance was conducted, during the battle assembly weekend training, with a special performance by the Barefoot Hawaiian, a local Hawaiian performing arts company, (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan/Released)

Army Reserve soldiers celebrate Asian and Pacifi...

May. 08, 2015

The 85th Support Command Equal Opportunity office hosted an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month...
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