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May 31, 2013 / iDriveWarships

SURFPAC Celebrates Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asayake Taiko

To recognize the many contributions of generations of Asian-American and Pacific Islander patriots, Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) celebrated this ethnic group during a command ceremony today.

The Department of Defense observes Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month every May. This year’s theme “Building leadership: Embracing cultural values and inclusion,” was personalized by anecdotes from keynote speaker Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support. Yuen, a San Francisco native and Chinese-American, heads a command with oversight of more than 6,600 military and civilian logistics professionals in 110 locations worldwide.

Visiting the command to entertain SURFPAC staff, the group Asayake Taiko from the University of California, San Diego performed the Japanese art form of Taiko drumming.

Sailors of Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage currently comprise 6.5 percent of our active duty naval force. In 2013, over 20,000 active duty Sailors, 4,000 Reservists, and 18,900 Navy civilian employees identify as Asian-American or Pacific Islander.

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