Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)
Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)
Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)
An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)
U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)
“Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month means embracing our cultures and sharing traditions, way of life and food with everyone,” said Frances Sanchez, a University of Maryland representative from the FOB Sharana Education Center, who is of Korean and Guamanian descent. “It allows us to embrace our short and long histories, and celebrate the rich cultures we bring to our American culture.”
The event kicked off with a 4K-run/2K walk with more than 20 participants, and the fastest runner finishing the 4K run in just under 10 minutes. The festivities moved to a multi-purpose building decorated in a Hawaiian and Pacific Islander luau theme.
More than 150 people attended the event and sampled more than 15 traditional dishes, such as Korean marinated beef, Asian stir-fry, fried rice, and cucumber kimchi, all prepared by volunteers.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Damien Simmons, 4th Bridge Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee, Equal Opportunity representative, gave a short presentation noting key Asian Pacific figures in American history.
“This event was a great opportunity for all nationalities to get together and celebrate our diversity,” said Simmons. “Accepting and embracing our diversity in our American cultures is crucial to continuing to build that kind of strength within our Armed Forces.”
Following the presentation, Guamanian-American U.S. Army Spc. Geraline Duenas, the training room noncommissioned officer–in-charge for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Div., TF Currahee, performed a traditional dance from Guam; and attendees of all heritages then competed in limbo competitions.
“We had a great turn out,” said Sanchez. “We had not only people of Asian Pacific heritage, but people of all different races and heritages attended this event.”
“Education is the key to diversity,” said Simmons. “We can’t move forward into the future until we know our past, and our heritage is our past.”
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