WHAT IS IT?

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.

WHAT HAS THE ARMY DONE?

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.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldier reflects on how heritage has shaped her service
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Bichthuy Truong of the 804th Movement Control Team inside the unit's office space on May 10, 2019, 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Det Wainwright. Truong is a key part of her unit's operation and is being highlighted for Asian/Pacific-Islander Heritage Month.(Photo by U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Jermaine Jackson)
May 17, 2019 - An example of someone who personifies the Army values in addition to celebrating her Asian/Pacific-Islander heritage is U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Bichthuy Truong, a Vietnamese American and transportation management coordinator from the 804th Movement Control Team, based in Tacoma, Washington, who joined for tuition assistance among many other reasons.

Legacy of service inspires at Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance
“When we look at Equal Opportunity and the observances, it’s really about the respect that we show one another, regardless of where we come from as we all have our own story,”  Master Sgt. Dana Apo, an Equal Opportunity Advisor for the 9th Mission Support Command said. “This particular month, we can look at 30 or 50 different languages, and celebrate all that. Take the opportunity to go out there and meet someone new, reach out and talk story, because that is what we love to do.”
May 29, 2018 - Honor, tradition and legacy are a significant part of what it means to be part of the U.S. Army. Everyone has a different story, and this Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month presented an opportunity for a particularly inspiring one.

Stories of Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage shared at Fort McCoy
Maj. Eline D. Moeolo-Tuitele with the 88th Readiness Division speaks to Fort McCoy, Wis., community members during the Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance May 17, 2018, at McCoy’s Community Center. The theme for the 2018 observance is “Unite our vision by working together.” (U.S. Army Photo by Aimee Malone, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)
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.

7th MSC, Rheinland-Pfalz celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
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.
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.

Army Reserve soldiers celebrate Asian and Pacific Heritage Month
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)
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.

Army Reserve officer shares her story during Asian/Pacific Heritage Month
Second Lt. Jiaru Bryar, right, 3rd Battalion, 335 Regiment, smiles during her commissioning ceremony, with 2nd Lt. Joanna McCarthy, left, both commissioned at the Fort Sheridan Army Reserve Center, Jan. 10. Bryar, shared her story during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2015 discussing her journey as a child from Chang Chun city, in the Ji Lin province, located in northeastern People’s Republic of China to becoming an Army Reserve officer based in Chicago.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan/Released)
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.

Vietnamese-American Army Reserve Soldiers
Sgt. Diane N. Nguyen, assigned to the Army Reserve Medical Command's Pinellas Park, Fla., headquarters, reviews score sheets April 12 from that day's Army Physical Fitness Test taken by Soldiers at the command's Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Nguyen said as she gets older she wants to learn more about her Vietnamese heritage. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neil W. McCabe/Released)
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.