An American Story with an Asian Flavor: NAVSUP Hosts Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Program

Story Number: NNS170607-26Release Date: 6/7/2017 4:27:00 PM
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By Laureen Ramos, Naval Supply Systems Command Corporate Communications

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) continued its leadership seminar series with an Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage presentation by NAVSUP Commander and Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen June 7.

Building on this year's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month's theme, "Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together," Yuen shared his personal experiences and the importance of the inheritance of traditions. His tale of "an American story with Asian flavor" spoke of hard work, dreams, service, and achievement.

In his presentation, Yuen stated that our stories and our diversity "makes us stronger. It gives us a foundation to being American." He also noted the value of sharing experiences in a message to his workforce in May. "By telling stories that elevate the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, we will help overcome misconceptions and stereotypes. The community members' experiences vary greatly, and sharing our individual experiences can help build understanding."

Lauren Engle from NAVSUP Workforce Development opened the event and shared her own Korean-American life-experience. Engle concluded, "Words are one of the most powerful forces available to humanity. We use words and stories to make sense of things, to learn from one another, and spark one another to action. This is why these programs are so important."

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NAVSUP's mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.

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Rear Adm. Yuen was the guest speaker for the NAVSUP Headquarters Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Program held in Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Photo taken by Dorie Heyer, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support photographer)
June 7, 2017
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