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DoD Helps Group Celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

Chu Details Asian-Pacific Americans' Service in Highest Positions

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Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry M. Dollente is presented with a meritorious service award.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2004 — When Army Spc. Hong Huynh's father immigrated to the United States after the Vietnam War, he gave her these words of advice:

"Always respect the United States, respect the citizens, do your part in our country, and do your best because we have to value our freedom."

This week the California National Guard member was recognized for honoring her father's words. Huynh was one of nine service members who stood center stage at an awards luncheon in San Francisco May 19 honored by the Defense Department and the Federal Asian Pacific American Council for their efforts to bring diversity in the federal workplace.

The service members received meritorious service awards from the council during an Asian-Pacific Heritage Month celebration that was part of a weeklong FAPAC training conference.

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DoD Helps Group Celebrate
Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
Tribute to Fallen Asian-Pacific American Heroes
SAN FRANCISCO, May 20, 2004 — The Defense Department and the Federal Asian Pacific American Council came together here May 19 to honor the heritage and culture of Asian-Pacific Americans.

David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, was the keynote speaker at a joint DoD-FAPAC luncheon.


Chu, the most senior Asian-American in the Defense Department, helped to hand out meritorious service awards to nine service members, most of whom were recognized for their contributions to diversity and equal opportunity for Asian-Pacific Americans in the federal workplace.

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Chu Details Asian-Pacific Americans'
Service in Highest Positions

David S.C. Chu
ARLINGTON, May 11, 2004 — The senior-ranking Defense Department civilian of Asian descent used the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal to shed positive light on a fellow Asian-Pacific American during a speech here May 10.

David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, pointed out that Asian-Pacific Americans serve in all sorts of positions in today's armed forces, including some of the most senior positions in the military. "That includes Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, who has written a decisive report on the terrible issue of abuse of Iraqi prisoners," he noted.

Chu recounted how Taguba was born outside Manila in the Philippines and came to Hawaii when he was 11 years old. Taguba's father was a sergeant in the Army. After graduating from Idaho State University, the younger Taguba became an Army officer and rose to his present position as deputy commanding general for support, Coalition Forces Land Component Command in Iraq, Chu said. Taguba, the second-highest ranking Filipino-American officer in the Army, testified May 11 on his report about the prison abuse before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Updated: 24 May 2004

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