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Purpose: The FAPAC Military Meritorious Service Awards honor military members, men and women, who have supported the DoD mission, overseas contingency operations, or whose attributes best epitomized the qualities and core values of their respective Military Service or other DoD Component.

Event and Date: The award will be given out at the FAPAC National Leadership Training Program held each year in the month of May to coincide with the Asian Pacific American Islander Heritage Month.

Download the Military Award Application Form with Nomination Form Here (doc)

Download the Military Nomination Form Here (doc)

Performance Period: Each Fiscal Year or Calendar Year

Submission Deadline: March 16, 2018

Point of Contact:

General Evaluation Criteria

The Award Committee will comprise of a Panel of Judges to review the application and will use the following evaluation criteria set forth below. Each Criteria will be rated equally as 20 points each, equals to 100%.

Criteria 1: The nominee fostered an innovative and harmonic environment between the military and Asian American Pacific Islander civilian community. The nominee supported the full integration and promotion of all DoD personnel to include minorities and women within the Armed Forces and civilian workforce.

Criteria 2: The nominee distinguished himself or herself by promoting the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and/or public service. The nominee contributed to the equal opportunity for selection, promotion or retention of women and minorities in senior grade level positions and under-represented occupations.

Criteria 3: The nominee displayed exceptional character that distinguishes an individual as an outstanding leader, role model or mentor by promoting the development or advancement of all DoD personnel including women and minorities. The nominee assisted in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers that hinder equal opportunity for all members of the Armed Forces and civilians including women and minorities in the Armed Forces.

Criteria 4: The nominee believed in and practiced the tenets of a democratic society, including the U.S. Constitution undefined the belief that all people are created equal, and that freedom is a right that must be protected at all times.

Criteria 5: The nominee created opportunities that support and contribute to the mentorship, development, advancement or retention of all personnel including women and minorities in government service consistent with merit principles. The nominee created job or training opportunities that will support and contribute to advancement of all Service members including women and minorities in the Armed Forces or civilian workforce.


All Military members and service members from the following Branches are eligible for a maximum of 12 awards:

  1. Army Active

  2. Army Reserve

  3. Marine Corps Active

  4. Marine Corps Reserve

  5. Navy Active

  6. Navy Reserve

  7. Air Force Active

  8. Air Force Reserve
  9. Coast Guard Active
  10. Coast Guard Reserve
  11. Army National Guard
  12. Air National Guard 

Submission PROCESS

Various DoD Component organizations may select award winners based upon set criteria below and assembled award winner packages to be submitted online at by the above deadline.

Various DoD Components Diversity or Service Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) office can submit the nomination packages online at by the above deadline.

Nomination packages shall include, at a minimum, the items listed below. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

  1. Cover or transmittal memorandum
  2. Award Nomination Form (Download Here (doc))
  3. An Accomplishment narrative describing the award nominee’s accomplishments warranting the recognition specific to the award as a text or Word document not to exceed two pages*
  4. An award citation highlighting the award winner’s accomplishments as a text or Word document*
  5. A single-spaced biography of the award winner not to exceed one page*
  6. A digital head and shoulders color or black-and-white photograph of the award winner (jpg, png, or tiff)
*These files should be text or word document, single-spaced, 12-pitch font, with 1 inch left and right margins. Please do not send scanned or PDF documents.

Evaluation, Selection and & Announcement Process

The Award Committee will comprise of Panel of Judges and a Committee Chair to review nominations packages and select the award winner(s) and shall present the “consensus” ratings and results to the FAPAC President for final review and approval.

Once the selections of the award winners have been coordinated and approved by the FAPAC President, the Committee Chair will notify each awardee via email in a formal letter of invitation.  The formal invitation letter is signed by the FAPAC President and will include instructions to the winners (i.e., proper attire to wear during the banquet, additional dinner tickets, etc.) to attend the Award Banquet but it does not include travel expenses for the awardee.

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.
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