Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors Organization (PPALM)

Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors Organization (PPALM) Incorporated with the Commonwealth of Virginia (Corporate ID Number 06729251-9, 6/19/07) and approved by the U.S. IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.
Complementing the Army Strong Campaign, PPALM was activated on November 11, 2007 to mentor and counsel U.S. Army and civilian officers to achieve their career goals. While PPALM's current focus is the U.S. Army, it plans to expand in the future to include members of the other uniformed services.
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PPALM's social media and Internet postings about, or links to, other nonprofit organizations and/or their events do not necessarily constitute PPALM's endorsement of the relevant organizations and/or their events.

Mission: To create a professional network of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, military and civilian, committed to serving the Nation by providing leadership, education, mentoring and fellowship opportunities. Building on the sacrifices of the past generations we continue to promote diversity, advancement and retention of all leaders.

06/14/2018
U.S. Army

Happy birthday, U.S. Army!

America’s #USArmy has stood ready to serve our nation for 243 years, and today our Soldiers stand ready to meet any challenge. This We'll Defend. #ArmyBDay

12/07/2017
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

“A date which will live in infamy.”

“A date which will live in infamy.”

On this Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we look back at the sneak attack that motivated America to enter World War II. #PearlHarbor76

Happy birthday, #Marines!!
11/10/2017

Happy birthday, #Marines!!

#SemperFi!

Happy 242nd Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps! Don't hurt your #KnifeHand cutting the cake! Oorah!

10/08/2017

PPALM

08/30/2017

PPALM members! As we approach our 10th year anniversary this year, we are looking for members' testimonials to share their success stories as a PPALM member. As we noted in the summer newsletter, please email [email protected] your testimonials OR email me a short 30-45 second selfie video!

We had a great time talking with students at The George Washington University and GW Veterans' #VALOR  event on Friday! ...
08/27/2017

We had a great time talking with students at The George Washington University and GW Veterans' #VALOR event on Friday! What a wonderful resource for GW's military veteran students. Hope to see you all at our 10th anniversary celebration on Oct. 8!

The @councilofkoreanamericans (CKA) is holding its annual summit and gala Oct. 20 and 21 in Washington. CKA is offering ...
08/15/2017
Council of Korean Americans - Our Voice in Action

The @councilofkoreanamericans (CKA) is holding its annual summit and gala Oct. 20 and 21 in Washington. CKA is offering discounted rates for military members to attend both events. Click on the link below to learn more about the events and about CKA's policy priorities.

A global network of Korean Americans dedicated to advancing issues of national importance for our community - Council of Korean Americans

Welcome COL Mike Asada, USA (Ret.) to the PPALM Board of Directors as our Executive Director! We're excited to have you ...
07/25/2017
PPALM - Executive Director

Welcome COL Mike Asada, USA (Ret.) to the PPALM Board of Directors as our Executive Director! We're excited to have you and we thank Erick Soriano for his leadership as interim Executive Director!
https://ppalm.org/asada

Don't forget to send in your nominations for PPALM's Excellence in Mentorship Award the deadline is next week and you can see the details here: https://ppalm.org/news/4929640

He formed InVenture Associates, LLC upon the conclusion of 34 years of government service as an Army officer and Department of the Army civilian effective August 2010. InVenture Associates is an executive management consulting service that specializes in facilitating business opportunities.

PPALM members are invited to participate in a networking hour as part of the 2017 Asian American and Pacific Islander Yo...
07/12/2017
Networking Hour with Public Service Leaders - Leader RSVP Form

PPALM members are invited to participate in a networking hour as part of the 2017 Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Summit, held at Google DC on Monday, July 31 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. More than 100 AAPI interns will be in attendance, and they would like to connect with AAPI leaders such as yourself to help open up opportunities into public service. RSVP by July 21.

As a distinguished leader in public service (government, Congress, or the nonprofit space), you are invited to participating in a networking hour as part of our 2017 Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Summit, held at Google DC on Monday, July 31 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. More than 100 AAPI intern...

07/03/2017

Do you know an outstanding individual who you believe embodies the best qualities of an accomplished leader and who has mentored others to success? PPALM is accepting nominations through July 31 for PPALM’s “Excellence in Mentorship Award” (the “Mentorship Award”).

Details and instructions here: https://ppalm.org/news/4929640

Happy Friday! Sharing with PPALM members a DCMilitary article about the 4th Annual Military Leadership Luncheon hosted b...
05/26/2017
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Happy Friday! Sharing with PPALM members a DCMilitary article about the 4th Annual Military Leadership Luncheon hosted by Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and PPALM on May 18, 2017. In this article, PPALM Chairman MG Tony Taguba (U.S. Army, Ret.), PPALM VP for Communications Renee Lee, and former PPALM Executive Director Michael J. Yaguchi share why they find mentoring others important.

Click here to view this item from dcmilitary.com.

05/25/2017
113th Wing DC Air National Guard

Good morning, PPALM members! Enjoy this video featuring PPALM VP for Communications Renee Lee, a member of the 113th Wing: D.C. Air National Guard. In this video, which explores the importance of mentorship and leadership, we see PPALM member Michael J. Yaguchi as well as our PPALM Chairman MG Tony Taguba. #AAPIHM

In recognition of #AAPIHM this month’s Wingman Wire honors Maj. Renee Lee, 113th Wing Public Affairs Officer and senior strategic planning advisor within the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In addition to long-term communication goals on U.S. foreign policy priorities, and liaison for major events and summits, Lee is an active mentor to the next generation of military leaders within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Moreover, she serves as VP of communications for PPALM and as a general member of the State Department’s Asian American Foreign Affairs Association. Lee previously served as communications advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) in 2016. #113WG, #CapitalGuardians, #DCNG, #DCANG, D.C. National Guard

05/17/2017

We are looking forward to seeing folks at the #APAICS #PPALM Military Leadership Luncheon tomorrow!

If your schedule allows, join #FAPAC for their national leadership training this week. PPALM Chairman Tony Taguba, Maj. ...
05/15/2017
FAPAC - FAPAC 2017 National Leadership Training Program

If your schedule allows, join #FAPAC for their national leadership training this week. PPALM Chairman Tony Taguba, Maj. Gen., U.S. Army (Ret.) will deliver keynote remarks on Wed., May 17.

FAPAC is a 501 (c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments.

02/16/2017

Good morning, PPALM family! We are looking for a few good stories from YOU about your experience being or gaining a mentor from PPALM. This will help us add content to our website, newsletter and for future communication efforts. Please send your testimonies to Renee Lee at [email protected]. For examples, go to ppalm.org and visit our 'Testimonials' section.

On Dec. 15, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of ...
12/16/2016
Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 3471, H.R. 4419, H.R. 5111, H.R. 5509, H.R. 5995, S. 795, S. 817, S. 818, S. 1550, S. 1555, S. 1632, S. 1808, S. 1915, S. 2234, S. 2873, S. 2974, S. 3028, S. 3076, S. 3183, S. 3395, S. 3492

On Dec. 15, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015! This law "...provides for the award of a single Congressional gold medal of appropriate design on behalf of the Congress, to the Filipino Veterans of World War II in recognition of the dedicated service of the veterans during World War II..."

“After enduring 75 years of injustice and humiliation, our Filipino World War II veterans regained their honor and dignity when Congress passed the Congressional Gold Medal Award - a historic bill which President Obama signed into law today. With deep gratitude, our nation has now come to fully recognize the service and sacrifice of our brave heroes who fought valiantly under the American flag." -- PPALM Chairman MG Tony Taguba (U.S. Army, Retired), and Chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, the President signed into law:

12/12/2016

Happy Monday, PPALM family! We're happy to present a new section on our website ppalm.org. In our new Testimonials section, we share stories of PPALM members who either helped mentor someone to a more successful path, or mentees who benefited from mentoring with another PPALM member. If you'd like to share your experience as a PPALM mentor or mentee, or both!, please email Renee Lee, PPALM's VP for Communications, at [email protected].

Congratulations, Army!
12/11/2016

Congratulations, Army!

21-17 #USARMY WINS! The streak is over! #SingSecond!

Sound off here to tell the West Point - The U.S. Military Academy Black Knights how you feel about their HUGE win, and how great they played! #HOOAH #GoArmy #NAVYBEATEN

Today we mark 75 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Let us never forget the sacrifices of our servi...
12/07/2016

Today we mark 75 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Let us never forget the sacrifices of our servicemen and women, and their families.

On this day 75 years ago, many American service men and women lost their lives or were injured during an unexpected attack. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, observed annually on Dec. 7, commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during World War II. Today we reflect and remember those lost on this tragic day in American history. #HonorThem #PearlHarbor75

PPALM Chairman Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba delivered powerful remarks about the many military contributions of Asian Americans...
11/17/2016
Asian Americans swore allegiance to protect the Constitution then and now

PPALM Chairman Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba delivered powerful remarks about the many military contributions of Asian Americans in our nation's history at the Japanese American Veterans Association's Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in Washington. PPALM board members Maj. Renee Lee, U.S. Air National Guard, and Capt. Jason Yee, U.S. Air Force Reserve, also participated in the annual event by rendering honors during JAVA's wreath laying ceremony.

The contributions of Asian Americans to protect the Constitution through courage, honor, bravery and patriotism has been written in history books, and continues to be recognized today. That was the

11/12/2016
PPALM - National Forum for Asian American and Pacific Islander Military and Veterans

PPALM members, please join us at the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Mon., Dec. 5 for the first Military and Veterans Forum for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Details and RSVP invitation are in the link below.

The President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, in conjunction with its community partners, are proud to host the first Military & Veterans Forum for AAPIs. The forum seeks to match Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs leadership to military and vete...

PPALM Chairman MG Tony Taguba, U.S. Army (Retired), delivered remarks at the Japanese American Veterans Association's an...
11/12/2016

PPALM Chairman MG Tony Taguba, U.S. Army (Retired), delivered remarks at the Japanese American Veterans Association's annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Japanese American World War II Memorial in Washington on Nov. 11.

National Museum of American History
11/12/2016

National Museum of American History

It's always an honor when veterans visit the museum. Learn more about the Japanese American veterans of the 100th Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service Specialists who served in World War II: http://s.si.edu/2fSPZG0

On this Veterans Day, we thank and honor all veterans and their families for their sacrifice in serving our nation. Echo...
11/11/2016

On this Veterans Day, we thank and honor all veterans and their families for their sacrifice in serving our nation. Echoing President Obama in his Veterans Day message, "On Veterans Day, we salute the women and men who have proudly worn the uniform of the United States of America and the families who have served alongside them, and we affirm our sacred duty as citizens to express our enduring gratitude, both in words and in actions, for their service." #HonoringVets

Honoring all who served. #HonoringVets #VeteransDay2016

PPALM family, we have an opportunity to recognize Nisei Medal of Honor recipient and Korean War veteran Hiroshi 'Hershey...
10/31/2016
Japanese American Veterans Association

PPALM family, we have an opportunity to recognize Nisei Medal of Honor recipient and Korean War veteran Hiroshi 'Hershey' Miyamura for the Rare Life Honor Award and Contest (heroism category). If he receives the most votes, he will donate $50K to Miyamura High School, which was named after him. You can read the thoughtful narrative about Hershey in the link below.

Vote for Nisei Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura in the "Rare Life Honor Award and Contest." If he gets the most votes, a $50,000 scholarship will be awarded to the Hiroshi H. Miyamura High School in Gallup, New Mexico.
http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/hiroshi-h-miyamura

PPALM family, please consider joining us at the National Association of Asian American Professionals' Northeast Leadersh...
10/28/2016

PPALM family, please consider joining us at the National Association of Asian American Professionals' Northeast Leadership Conference on Sat., Nov. 5. This is an all-day event in Washington, D.C. featuring influential and dynamic speakers, mentoring sessions, networking opportunities, and more.

The program will feature our very own PPALM Chairman MG Tony Taguba, U.S. Army (Ret.) in the morning for a keynote speech and PPALM board member Stanley Fujii for an afternoon workshop on 'Golden Opportunities: When to Say Yes and How to Say No.' PPALM will also hold an afternoon panel on 'Decisive Leadership Now and Strategic Leadership for the Future.'

Use the coupon code PPALM for 50% off!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/activate-rise-above-the-rest-tickets-27070225774

PPALM Chairman MG Tony Taguba, U.S. Army (Ret.) speaks about the need to recognize the hundreds of thousands of Filipino...
10/24/2016

PPALM Chairman MG Tony Taguba, U.S. Army (Ret.) speaks about the need to recognize the hundreds of thousands of Filipino World War II veterans who fought for the United States with the Congressional Gold Medal. He spoke to about 200 members of the Filipino-American community at the Filipino American History Month celebration at the White House today. #FAHM2016

2016-10-2 PPALM 9th Annual General Membership Meeting & Reception
10/20/2016

2016-10-2 PPALM 9th Annual General Membership Meeting & Reception

PPALM welcomed Ms. Francey L. Youngberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Housing & ...
10/06/2016

PPALM welcomed Ms. Francey L. Youngberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, as our keynote speaker at our 9th Annual General Membership Meeting and Reception in Washington. Following this year's theme, "Mentoring: Path to Developing Successful Leaders," Ms. Youngberg shared her personal journey of facing challenges and the support she received from mentors, which ultimately led her on a path to success.

President Obama joins the celebration of Filipino American History Month with a special message, including recognizing t...
10/05/2016
President Obama Celebrates Filipino American History Month

President Obama joins the celebration of Filipino American History Month with a special message, including recognizing the military contributions by Filipino Americans.

"The earliest Filipinos arrived at Morro Bay, California in the 16th century, and Filipino Americans have long played an integral role in shaping the life of our country. They have been the artists who challenge us, the educators who keep us informed, and the laborers of our growing economy. And throughout our history, they have served as members of our Armed Forces, helping safeguard our Nation and the values upon which we stand."

President Obama wrote a message celebrating the contributions of Filipino Americans, including the Filipino soldiers who fought under the U.S. flag in World War II.

For those who may be in the Washington area this weekend, it's not too late to register to attend PPALM's 9th Annual Gen...
09/29/2016

For those who may be in the Washington area this weekend, it's not too late to register to attend PPALM's 9th Annual General Membership Meeting and Reception on Sun., Oct. 2! The event will be from 5-8 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center. Register at ppalm.org. See you there!

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Does anyone know LtCol Schreiber? My friend Karm Zwanziger had the brilliant idea to try to help his daughter find post-graduation employment (chemical engineering major) to get an H-1B visa as a way to stay in US and work her way towards a green card. Anyone w/ any experience in this area?
180527 - Pretty sure I saw PPALM member LT Lorna Mae Devera, USNR on the segment honoring women's contributions as members of our nation's military during the National Memorial Day Concert! Well done Lorna!!!!
Today's APAICS-PPALM lunch.
This is a story about an American woman, who vehemently protested the enactment of the 1924 Asian Exclusion Act and, in despair, left her homeland for good. Her name was Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (pronounced "Sid-more," October 1856-November 1928). She was a close friend of Dr. Nitobe Inazo, the author of "Bushido," who died in Vancouver. National Cherry Blossom Festival for 2018 is just coming around the corner. Today, it is almost forgotten that the spectacular view of cherry blossoms in the area around the Potomac Tidal Basin and elsewhere in the country is owed to an inspiration of an American woman. While visiting Japan in the mid-1880s, Scidmore was captivated by the beauty of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo and conceived the idea to transplant Japanese flowering cherry trees to the U.S. capital. Back home, Scidmore became the initial proponent for transplanting Japanese flowering cherry trees to the area around the Potomac Tidal Basin. Her idea finally materialized in 1912, when 3,020 saplings of Japanese flowering cherry trees arrived safely in Washington, D.C., as a gift of friendship to the people of the United States from the people of Japan, by the City of Tokyo (current Tokyo prefecture). The cherry tree saplings were successfully transplanted to the area around the Potomac Tidal Basin and to the Capitol grounds, on March 27, 1912 and afterwards. Twenty-three years later, on March 27, 1935, the first national cherry blossom festival was held in commemoration of the landmark event. This is the origin of the National Cherry Blossom Festival that has been celebrated annually, along with its offshoots all over the country, to this day. However, the story of Scidmore does not end here. She was a pioneering American woman in many respects, and her life encompassed many remarkable achievements, as impressive and significant as her Japanese flowering cherry tree project. Her later life was even more dramatic than the earlier one. She protested the enactment of the 1924 Asian Exclusion Act and, in despair, she left her homeland permanently. She moved to Geneva, Switzerland, closely worked with Dr. Nitobe Inazo, under secretary-general of the League of Nations, and died there. A new biography of Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore is available now at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973413736. Enjoy!
This is a story about an American woman, who vehemently protested the enactment of the 1924 Asian Exclusion Act and, in despair, left her homeland for good. Her name was Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (pronounced "Sid-more," October 1856-November 1928). She was a close friend of Dr. Nitobe Inazo, the author of "Bushido," who died in Vancouver. National Cherry Blossom Festival for 2018 is just coming around the corner. Today, it is almost forgotten that the spectacular view of cherry blossoms in the area around the Potomac Tidal Basin and elsewhere in the country is owed to an inspiration of an American woman. While visiting Japan in the mid-1880s, Scidmore was captivated by the beauty of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo and conceived the idea to transplant Japanese flowering cherry trees to the U.S. capital. Back home, Scidmore became the initial proponent for transplanting Japanese flowering cherry trees to the area around the Potomac Tidal Basin. Her idea finally materialized in 1912, when 3,020 saplings of Japanese flowering cherry trees arrived safely in Washington, D.C., as a gift of friendship to the people of the United States from the people of Japan, by the City of Tokyo (current Tokyo prefecture). The cherry tree saplings were successfully transplanted to the area around the Potomac Tidal Basin and to the Capitol grounds, on March 27, 1912 and afterwards. Twenty-three years later, on March 27, 1935, the first national cherry blossom festival was held in commemoration of the landmark event. This is the origin of the National Cherry Blossom Festival that has been celebrated annually, along with its offshoots all over the country, to this day. However, the story of Scidmore does not end here. She was a pioneering American woman in many respects, and her life encompassed many remarkable achievements, as impressive and significant as her Japanese flowering cherry tree project. Her later life was even more dramatic than the earlier one. She protested the enactment of the 1924 Asian Exclusion Act and, in despair, she left her homeland permanently. She moved to Geneva, Switzerland, closely worked with Dr. Nitobe Inazo, under secretary-general of the League of Nations, and died there. A new biography of Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore is available now at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973413736. Enjoy!
Attenion APA Veterans: Voice of America is looking to record interview or greeting from foreign-born Asian-Pacific American Veteran of US uniformed services. Contact Ali Ogden directly 917-592-2265, [email protected], www.aliogden.com by COB today. Thx to Ron Sag @U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the tip.
Hi Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors Organization (PPALM) Happy to connect with you on Facebook! Looking forward to your content. - Inspiring Diversity
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What is your leadership philosophy?