PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Students and staff at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station attended a presentation celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May 16.
Since 1992, May is officially designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. May is chosen as the observance month to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States May 10, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the transcontinental railroad completion May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. The U.S. military also marks this month as a time to recognize the service and sacrifice of its Asian American and Pacific Islander veterans.
“This annual observance serves as a reminder of the patriotism of Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have served, or are currently serving,” said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Frakelia Leonard.
Following a short presentation on Asian American and Pacific Islander history and a speech from Leonard, the Miyabi Dancers of Pensacola, Florida performed a traditional Japanese dance.
Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station is a part of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT). With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command’s top learning center for the past three years. Training over 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community.
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