Maj. Connie O.Y. Wong, SMSgt. Kenneth Trawick, and SrA. Lyn C. Yin were among 11 servicemembers who last week received meritorious service awards from the Federal Asian-Pacific American Council. Wong, a member of the California Air National Guard, fostered democratic values within the Ukraine and Nigeria. Trawick received his award for a major role in helping to eliminate discrimination while he was assigned to Kadena AB, Japan. Yin, an Air Force Reservist at McChord AFB, Wash., was selected to represent the armed forces during a League of United Latin American Citizens national conference.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.