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June 1, 2012

Candid Comments | June 1, 2012

May was Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month How did you celebrate your heritage?


Senior Airman Aaron Long

Unit: 452 Security Forces Squadron
Job: Blue Eagles Honor Guard
Hometown: Perris, Calif.
Hobbies: Ping Pong, math and karate

I am a true connoisseur of ethnic foods, so to celebrate, I visited as many Asian-style restaurants in the area that I can find; sushi is a favorite of mine. On a serious note, I appreciate that DoD raises heritage awareness and diversity within the military. In the future, I would like to celebrate by organizing a parade or something similar to raise awareness and to capture an even larger audience. Understanding one another is a big part in being able to work together as a team to ensure the success of the mission. We all wear the same uniform and bleed the same color.

 

Staff Sgt. Terrance Mananes

Unit: 163 Logistical Resource Squadron
Job: Ceremonial Guardsman
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
Hobbies: Weightlifting and Motorcycles.

To be honest, I didn’t celebrate in any special manner this month because I choose to celebrate and acknowledge my heritage every day of the year. I spend as much time as I can with the people I love, family and friends and people I highly respect. We cooked, laughed, ate, and listened to music that we grew up to. I love my heritage so I live it everyday as much as I can.”

 

Tech. Sgt. Harold Padua

Unit: 95 Force Support Squadron
Job: NCOIC, Honor Guard
Hometown: Tacoma Wash.
Hobbies: Photography, running, hiking and traveling

During this month, my kids and I usually perform Hawaiian dances at county fairs and on-base events. We showed the community the cultures of the Pacific…we bring the Pacific to them. Next year, I hope to organize an Asian/Pacific American committee and raise awareness of base personnel about the cultures of the Pacific. I will introduce the different types of food, entertainment and languages to Team March. I remember when I was stationed overseas. Armed Forces Network would have infomercials explaining certain facts about different cultures within the Asian/Pacific Islander communities. It really raised awareness throughout the DOD community.




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