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SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – The observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May is an occasion to remember the patriotism of AAPIs who have served, or are currently serving, in the Department of Defense and our nation.

The Federal Asian Pacific American Council has chosen this year’s theme to be “Unite Our Vision by Engaging Each Other,” encouraging AAPI civic engagement and leadership.

In 1980, Rear Adm. Ming Chang, a graduate of William and Mary University in Virginia and the Naval Postgraduate School in California, became the first naturalized Asian American naval officer to reach flag rank.

As a rear admiral, he served as deputy commander of Weapons and Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command.

Upon his retirement from the Navy, he became vice president and corporate director of the Pacific Region at Raytheon International.

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