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The FAPAC Uniformed Services Awards recognize and honor members of the Uniformed Services which include the armed forces, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, and the commissioned corps of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.

The award is presented during the FAPAC National Leadership Training Program (NLTP). The NLTP is held each year in the month of May to coincide with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Performance Period: 2020 Fiscal Year (Oct 1, 2019 to Sept 30, 2020) or Calendar Year (Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2020)

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST NO EXTENSION

Point of Contact:


Any of the seven Uniformed Services may nominate candidates based upon the five criteria listed above. Nominating offices must submit completed packages online by 8:00 PM ET on Friday, March 5, 2021. Incomplete or late packages will not be considered.

Nomination packages shall include the following items. All submitted files should be single-spaced, 12-pitch font with 1-inch margins in Word, PDF, or text format.  Submit all items online or email package to

  • Nomination form (submit online or download PDF version)
  • Cover or transmittal memorandum
  • An award citation highlighting the nominee’s accomplishments, not to exceed two pages
  • A one-page biography of the nominee
  • A digital color or black-and-white head shot photo (high res .jpg, .png, .tiff files)


Any active/reserve member of the Uniformed Services is eligible for consideration. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. ยง 2101, the Uniformed Services includes the armed forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard), the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, and the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • U.S. Army

  • U.S. Marine Corps

  • U.S. Navy

  • U.S. Air Force

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Army National Guard
  • Army Reserve
  • Marine Corps Reserve

  • Naval Reserve

  • Air National Guard

  • Air Force Reserve

  • Coast Guard Reserve
  • Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps

Evaluation and Selection

Each Uniformed Services component may conduct an internal review board and select award winners based on the criteria below and submit assembled nomination packages online by the March 5, 2021 deadline.

The Awards Committee is comprised of the Awards Committee Chair and a Panel of Judges. The Committee will review and rate each nomination package based on the five criteria below. Each criterion will be rated on a 20-point scale for a maximum of 100 points per nomination package.

  • Criterion 1: The nominee fostered an innovative and harmonious environment between the Uniformed Services and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
  • Criterion 2: The nominee distinguished himself or herself by promoting the tenets of the U.S. Constitution, civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and/or public service. 
  • Criterion 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 members of the Uniformed Services. The nominee assisted in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers that hinder equal opportunity for all members of the Uniformed Services, including the civilian workforce.
  • Criterion 4: The nominee contributed to equal opportunity for the selection, promotion or retention of women and minorities in senior ranking positions and under-represented occupations.
  • Criterion 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-based principles. The nominee created job or training opportunities that will support and contribute to advancement of all members in the Civilian and Uniformed Services.

The Awards Committee will submit nominees with the highest score from each Uniformed Services component to the FAPAC President for final review and approval. Award winners and the nominating office will receive formal notice of their selection via email by March 2021. The Awards Committee Chair will coordinate and confirm the award winner's attendance at the Uniformed Services Awards during the Virtual NLTP in May 2021. 

Diversity/EEO Office Points of Contact

Nominating offices should coordinate packages with the respective individuals/offices below.

  • ARMY: Mr. James Cox, (202) 704-1383,
  • MARINE CORPS: Mr. Marc Juan Shepphard, (703) 784-9371,
  • NAVY:  Senior Chief Nazma Rahman,, (703) 604-1023 and Mrs. Wendy Boler,
  • AIR FORCE: Maritza Sayle-Walker, (540)
  • COAST GUARD: Ms. Katheryn King, (443) 463-2444,
  • NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU: Ms. Jacqueline Ray-Morris, (703) 607-1710,
  • PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE: Commander Dipti Kalra, (301) 796-7649,

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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