Forward deployed logistics center celebrates diversity
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Cultural diversity was on display at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka headquarters during an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebration May 29 onboard Yokosuka Naval Base.
Since 1977, the month of May has been a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the American story, which represents more than 30 different countries of origin and ethnic groups, as well as speaking approximately 100 different languages.
The theme of the event was ‘I Am Beyond’, which describes transcending beyond barriers to equal opportunity in America.
“We are in a unique position serving overseas with many of FLCY’s sites covering a very large portion of the world that represents the very same cultures that we are celebrating today,” said Capt. Raymond Bichard, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, commanding officer. “From here on Tokyo Bay to the Philippines…from the beaches of Guam to the harbor in Hong Kong…from the Korean peninsula down to the city of Singapore…our large operational footprint covers the diverse range of peoples that make up this unique community.”
During the observance NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka personnel enjoyed educational reading highlighting the many AAPI accomplishments throughout history to include the Chinese immigrants who laid the track for the transcontinental railroad as well as the fight for equality by the Japanese-American citizens who were forced into internment camps during WWII.
A special performance of Japanese drums and flutes had the crowd of over 100 spectators clapping along to the beat.
“To our speakers and performers today…you were amazing,” said Bichard.
“As the President of the United States put out in a proclamation earlier this month, it is ‘with courage, grit, and an abiding belief in American ideals, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have challenged our Nation to be better,’” added Bichard.
“I can easily say that our country, our Navy and this command is better because of the many contributions put forth by the Asian American and Pacific Islander community members,” Bichard said.