WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy joins the nation in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month throughout May.
AAPI Heritage Month provides the Navy, and the nation, with the opportunity to honor the contributions that Asian American and Pacific Islanders have made to the country, reflect on the challenges that still face the AAPI community, and work to promote an environment that values inclusivity and pluralism. During AAPI Month, and throughout the year, the Department of the Navy celebrates the culture, traditions and ancestries of more than 56 ethnic groups, speaking more than 100 languages, that hail from Asia and the Pacific Islands, and recognizes the essential role of the AAPI community in our country's prosperity. This year, Navy commands are encouraged to celebrate and reflect on the theme "Unite Our Vision by Working Together," which emphasizes the importance of embracing diversity and promoting unity.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a long legacy of service in the Navy, which dates back to the 19th century, and AAPI service members continue to leverage their skills, talents, perspectives and ideas on behalf of the mission. The Department of the Navy recognizes that our greatest asset is our people, whose diverse talents and skill sets are imperative to our success, and honors AAPI service members, as part of One Navy Team, as a demonstration of its commitment to fostering an actively inclusive workforce.
In accordance with ALNAV 007/18, Navy commands are encouraged to participate in AAPI Heritage Month and all heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year in recognition of the service and dedication of all Navy personnel, and the diversity of races, ethnicities and nationalities they represent.
For more information about AAPI Heritage Month, and to learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islanders' legacy of service in the Navy, visit https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/asian-americans-pacific-islanders-in-the-navy.html.