We at New Mexico's INFLUENCE Magazine honor and recognize our fallen heroes this Memorial Day 2022. We pray and wish for you all a peaceful and restful holiday with your families.
Some background on Memorial Day:
"Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that from 1971, the Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date."
We are honored to feature Major Brittany "Blitz" Trimble, USAF, as one of our seven "Women of Power" featured in the MAY-JUNE issue of New Mexico's INFLUENCE Magazine. Major Trimble was also kind enough to join us on this third episode of our first season talk show! Brittany Trimble was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and has an Air Force veteran pilot father, who later became a commercial pilot for Federal Express (FedEx).
Major Trimble, however, never had any prior experience in piloting aircraft prior to joining the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer following college. She later went on to become the only female in Holloman Air Force Base's inaugural F-16 Basic Course - and later, ended up being the only female in her Squadron during her time serving in Korea and Japan.
Major Trimble later covers what she teaches at Holloman Air Base, and what rookie F-16 fighter pilots can expect with her as an instructor. Additionally, she informs us that her base trains a whopping 50% of all F-16 fighter pilots and nearly 24% of all USAF pilots overall. She also discusses her experiences as a female fighter pilot instructor, her career challenges, leadership notes, and lends advice to others looking for success in their chosen fields.
Had an incredible time at Holloman Air Base's 2022 Air Show. Lots of wildly talented pilots and beautiful F-16 Vipers on display - we had a blast!
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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, also known as Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month! This month, we'll be highlighting Asian and Pacific Americans who've made their mark on the history and development of our diverse United States.
But first...some history!
Asian and Pacific American Heritage month was the idea of former congressional staffer Jeanie Jew who first approached Rep. Frank Horton about the idea of designating a month to recognize Asian Pacific Americans, following the United States’ bicentennial celebration in 1976. In June 1977, Horton and Rep. Norman Y. Mineta, introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to proclaim the first 10 days of May as Asian Pacific Heritage Week. A month later, a similar bill was introduced in the Senate by former U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga.
President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution for the celebration on Oct. 5, 1978. In 1990, George H.W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend Asian American Heritage Week to a month. On May 14, 1991, a public law was passed unanimously by congress and then signed by Bush, proclaiming May 1991 and May 1992 as Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month. By 1992, May was officially designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
The month of May was chosen because it commemorates the migration of the first immigrants from Japan to the United States on May 7, 1843 and to celebrate the completion of the transcontinental railroad by over 20,000 Asian immigrants on May 10, 1869. However, the first Asian immigrants arrived in the U.S. in 1587 when Filipinos first began migrating to California. Immigrants continued to come from the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands through 1920 when the first Samoans were documented in Hawaii.