Sailors Aboard USS James E. Williams Educate Crew on AAPI Culture and History

first_img View post tag: James View post tag: Educate As people across the U.S. recognize the month of May as Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), celebrated and educated the crew on AAPI culture and history while underway May 20.The Diversity and Heritage Committee aboard James E. Williams, comprised of Sailors from multiple backgrounds and cultures, serves as an organization driven to celebrate and embrace the different cultures of the crew, including those cultures recognized during AAPI Heritage Month.“Our goal is to educate the crew,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Brandy Stiles, the ship’s secretary and president of the Diversity and Heritage Committee. “We also try to have fun and boost morale with everything that we do.”The committee spreads awareness through flyers, events and celebrations.“We are posting information about AAPI Heritage Month around the ship for everyone to read,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Charlotte Williams, secretary of the Diversity and Heritage Committee. “This includes a background and history of the month, as well as famous Americans that are of Asian and Pacific Islander decent.”Apart from educating the crew, the Diversity and Heritage Committee is hosting a special meal prepared by the ship’s culinary specialists, aimed at celebrating Asian and Pacific Island cuisine through a diverse selection and sampling different recipes from around the world.“We prepared a menu to celebrate different cultures and to highlight the versatility of our culinary specialists,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Randall Rufolo, the ship’s supply department leading petty officer. “We are preparing a Mongolian barbecue where everything is freshly cooked on the grill to keep with the Asian and Pacific Island tradition, while applying unique twists to standard menu items.”“Every month we try to honor different cultures,” said Williams. “We all come from different walks of life, and the most important aspect of these celebrations is enlightenment.”James E. Williams is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and supporting missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 24, 2012 View post tag: Aboard View post tag: Culture View post tag: crew May 24, 2012 View post tag: history Sailors Aboard USS James E. Williams Educate Crew on AAPI Culture and History View post tag: sailors Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors Aboard USS James E. Williams Educate Crew on AAPI Culture and History Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Williams View post tag: USS View post tag: AAPI View post tag: Navallast_img read more