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FAPAC Announces the 2021 Award Recipients

April 15, 2021 00:00 | Fahmida Chhipa (Administrator)

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

FAPAC Announces the 2021 FAPAC Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 FAPAC awards and the distinguished public service scholarship. These awards recognize civilians and military service members who have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

The FAPAC Awards include the Uniformed Services, Civilian, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Awards.

The 2021 Honorees are:


U.S. Army
  • Captain Joseph Estallila
  • Sergeant First Class Rizmel Paguio
U.S. Marine Corps
  • Sergeant Jomary Tumaquip
  • Corporal Caleb Crone
U.S. Navy
  • Chief Petty Officer James Dy
U.S. Air Force
  • Captain Hanna Sparks
  • Technical Sergeant Ferdinand Hooper
U. S. Coast Guard
  • Commander Hoon Park
  • Chief Petty Officer Richard Hofschneider
Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • Lieutenant Commander Nancy Tian


Outstanding Individual Leadership: Individual who has shown bold leadership and innovative ways in promoting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action, and Diversity.

  • Larry Mack, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Linh Le, Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWCTSD)

Excellence in Individual Achievement:  Individual who has shown the greatest contribution toward the AAPI representation at all levels as compared to the total AAPI population.

  • Emma Chen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • Mary Tran, Naval Air Warfare Center  (NAWCTSD)

Diversity Excellence:  Individual who has shown a remarkable contribution towards diversity and inclusion through collaboration and against all odds.

  • Kelly Sewell, Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • Lena Chang, Department of the Interior (DOI)


  • Rebecca Soo, University of California, Berkeley

Congratulations to this year’s Uniformed Services Awards, Civilian Awards, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship honorees. FAPAC deeply appreciates the dedication and service of these individuals to our country and to the AAPI community. Their leadership and contributions make our government and communities a better and more equitable place to serve. 

The awards will be presented at the 36th National Leadership Training Program to be held virtually on May 26 and May 27, 2021.  The health and safety of all FAPAC members and supporters remains our top priority and due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 2021 NLTP is going to be all virtual.

More details about the FAPAC Awards and descriptions of the honorees are available at

FAPAC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for AAPIs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has encouraged the participation and advancement of AAPIs in the government workforce.

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