May 25, 2012

Team Edwards packs Center of Excellence for Asian Pacific American Heritage Day

by Kenji Thuloweit
95th ABW Public Affairs
Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit
Dozens of Asian and Pacific Islander dishes were served to Team Edwards for the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration at the Center of Excellence May 17. The day featured cultural dances and competitions, including the 2nd annual car show.

Members of the Edwards community flocked to the Center of Excellence May 17 for the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration, hosted by the 95th Air Base Wing.

Team Edwards was treated to traditional Asian and Pacific Islander food, dances and, outside, the second annual car show featuring suped-up foreign and domestic cars.

More than 10 APA countries were represented in the dancing demonstrations.

“This was our fifth year doing it at the Center of Excellence and about 400 people attended,” said one event organizer, Robert Cruz, 95th Communications Squadron. “We were excited to add India this year to our lineup of countries represented.”

Cruz said the crowd enjoyed the Guamanian coconut grating competition the most. This year, the competitors came from the Edwards Chiefs Group and Chief Master Sgt. (sel) Mario AcevesFonseca, 95th Medical Operations Squadron, won by grating his coconut in 2 minutes, 29 seconds.

Staff Sgt. Eric Couwenhoven, 95th Security Forces Squadron, won Best in Show with his 2005 Dodge RAM in the car competition.

Like last year, this year’s festivities featured a car show where Edwards residents showed off their modified cars, both foreign and domestic, like this Mazda RX-8.

Dancers performed traditional Asian and Pacific Islander dances in full traditional dress like this woman performing a traditional Japanese dance in a kimono.

Edwards residents and workers packed the Center of Excellence May 17 for the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration.

Japanese group Megumi Kai from Lancaster, Calif., perform a traditional cultural dance.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.



AFTC Commander’s Welcome

Team, On the 18th of July we celebrated the beginning of an exciting journey as a unified team in the newly designated Air Force Test Center. The realignment of the 96th Test Wing to the Air Force Test Center in a ceremony Wedn...
Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe

F-35B model testing at Edwards

BF-2 takes off for an orientation flight July 25 after arriving at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., July 23, 2012, in order to begin airstart testing at the 461st Flight Test Squadron. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Matt Kelly...
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Small businesses showcase capabilities during Edwards Vendor Fair

As part of the base’s ongoing commitment to enhance the partnership between small businesses and base contracting and acquisition personnel, the Air Force Test Center Small Business Programs Office hosted the 2012 Edwards...


Briefs July 27, 2012

Edwards education fair The Edwards Education and Training Center will host the Annual 2012 Education Fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 15 in the Alliance Ballroom at Club Muroc. More than 40 colleges and universities from across the United States will be represented. Everyone is welcome to come and speak with college representatives and find the...

Foreign visitors to Edwards must have pre-approval

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That old saying will come to fit many policies and procedures as Edwards progresses through realignment. One such policy concerns foreign visitors. Charlene Baker of the Foreign Disclosure Office offers the following guidance. “As a reminder all foreign visitors must be approved by the Foreign...

FHFA announces short sale assistance for military

Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco announced June 21 changes to short sale policies that will make it easier for military homeowners with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans to honor their financial c...


Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>