First Vietnamese-born general flag officer in the U.S. military!

Did you know that the month of May is known as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month??! In honor of this, your Military Monday blogs this month are going to be just that! Recognizing exceptional military members that are of Asian or Pacific Islander decent!

This week, we recognize Brigadier General Viet Xuan Luong!

In August 8 of 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas, Luong achieved the rank of brigadier general! Brig Gen Luong emigrated from Vietnam with his family to the United States in 1975 as a political refuge.¬†Luong came to the United States as part of Operation Frequent Wind, a mission to help rescue Vietnamese citizens from the country during the final days of the Vietnam War. Luong’s nearly 27-year military career stemmed from his experience on the deck of the USS Hancock when he was a little boy leaving Vietnam.

Almost 40 years after his rescue, family and friends watched as Luong became the first Vietnamese-born general flag officer in the U.S. military during a promotion ceremony on Cooper Field at Fort Hood, Texas, Aug. 8, 2014.

What a brave, amazing man!! Thank you for your service Sir!