Lt. Christine Igisomar takes pride in her Saipan heritage and heavily promotes diversity and equality within the workforce at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach in California. Igisomar was awarded the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award for her significant contributions toward the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and for promoting diversity and equal employment opportunity in the federal workforce.
Tag: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Pacific Island men and women have participated in the U.S. Coast Guard for nearly 170 years, playing an important role in the history of the service and its predecessor services.
Travelers visiting Hawaii admire the beauty of the state’s lighthouses and their picturesque surroundings. However, these structures are hollow reflections of the native Hawaiians who stood the watch through good times and bad. As members of the long blue line, they helped build the history and heritage of the U.S. Coast Guard.
For over 160 years, thousands of ethnically Asian and Pacific-Island men and women have served with distinction in the U.S. Coast Guard. They have been diligent members of the long blue line and they will play an important role in shaping the service in the 21st century.
Ladyga, who had been exposed to the military her entire life through her father, who served in the U.S. Army, received her commission in the Coast Guard upon graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2007. Since then, she has seen herself as one thing: An officer in the United States Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard proudly recognizes the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This designation honors both Asian and Pacific Islander Americans for their contributions and sacrifices in advancing our great nation. This year’s theme is, “I Am Beyond.” The phrase captures the aspirations of the American spirit, how Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have always sought to excel beyond the challenges that have limited equal opportunity in America.