Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month spotlight: Maj. Andrew Amigleo, 932nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated during the entire month of May, recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.  The 932nd Airlift Wing recognizes this culture, its diversity, and how it makes the force stronger. In this spotlight article, we are highlighting Maj. Andrew Amigleo, 932nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander.

1.  What is your job?

Currently I'm the 932nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander.  I’m really proud to be a part of a committed and hard-working team that provides safe and reliable maintenance for our C-40C aircraft!

2.  Tell us about your Asian or Pacific Islander Heritage.

My parents both immigrated from the Philippines.  My father completed 50 years of Federal Service.  He retired after 20 years in the U.S. Navy and 30 years of service for the U.S. Postal Service.  My mom worked in healthcare as a medical assistant and pharmacy technician.  They instilled in me the value of hard-work, sacrifice, and education.

I was born and raised in Hawai'i on the island of O'ahu.  Hawai'i is a special place as it is a huge melting pot comprised of so many different ethnicities and cultures.  I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to grow up in Hawai'i for the awesome sights, good vibes, and Aloha spirit that instills kindness and a sense of community.

3.  What does Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month mean to you?

I believe the Air Force is stronger when we leverage diversity of thoughts, skills, experiences, and backgrounds.  Roughly 6% of the Air Force are Asian and/or Pacific Islander so Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an opportunity to highlight their stories, contributions, and traditions.  The better we get to know our fellow Airmen, the better we can understand and support each other to achieve readiness and mission success. 

4.  What's one aspect of your heritage that you feel very strongly about?

One aspect of my heritage that I feel very strongly about is the importance of family and support. In Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, the family unit is the core foundation, and strong relationships with extended family members and friends is also common.  In the 932nd AMXS, I try to lead with Aloha, and we do our best to foster a supportive and respectful environment. 

5.  What Asian or Pacific Islander public figure, past or present, inspires you and why?

First and foremost, my parents inspire me as they had the vision, grit, and work ethic to provide for our family. 

Lt. Cmdr. Jonny Kim, NASA astronaut, former Navy SEAL and Harvard educated Physician is also my inspiration.  He strives to be a good teammate and is a great example of service before self.