FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at 1:30 p.m. May 18 at Fort Hood’s Community Events Center here.

The heritage month event recognizes the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that enrich our Nation. This year’s event will feature Tahitian and Hawaiian dancers and a lifetime of perspective from guest speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick K. Acuna Jr., a native Hawaiian and senior enlisted leader with 32 years of military experience. He recently served as the Command Sergeant Major for Task Force Phantom, and for the First Army Division West.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Maj. Lloyd Bedford, public affairs officer, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at, or call 254-288-7745. Will escort media from the Fort Hood Visitor’s Center parking lot at 1 pm.