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La. Guard observes Asian American Pacific Islander heritage

By Spc. Duncan Foote, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office

NEW ORLEANS – During the month of May, the Louisiana National Guard joins the rest of the country in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage, culture, and history. The celebration is an opportunity to recognize the AAPI community’s pivotal role in shaping the Nation’s history and to honor the sacrifices made by AAPI service members serving in the Louisiana National Guard.

The Soldiers observed during this month, and the legacy of their heritage, offers a unique outlook, showing the significance of this month’s observance.

Staff. Sgt. Cindy Tran, a medic with the 756th Medical Company Area Support, 415th Military Battalion, describes this month as a time to honor and celebrate.

Tran, a student at McNeese University, is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in biology. She has deployed for Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The LANG’s celebration of AAPI month is a testament to its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. By recognizing and celebrating the contributions of its AAPI service members, the Guard sends a message that all Soldiers, regardless of their backgrounds, are valued and appreciated.

“My mother once told me to never forget where you came from, and never be ashamed of your background,” said Staff Sgt. Angelica McMichael, a native of Manila, Philippines. “The Guard gives you the tools to learn new skills and experiences that a civilian job can’t give you. You just have to be the best version of yourself every day, and never let anyone make you feel like you don’t belong.”

McMichael has held several roles with the LANG, including as an administrative and budget noncommissioned officer for the Strategic Plans and Policy Office. She is currently working as a human intelligence analyst with the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion.

The AAPI community encompasses more than 50 ethnic or language groups including native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Overall, AAPI service members play an important role in the LANG, contributing their skills, talents and perspectives to enhance the readiness and effectiveness of the force.

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