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Through song, dance and verse, a Filipino-American group from Old Dominion University will complement the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month observance at Fort Monroe May 18.

The program begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Bay Breeze Community Center. It's free and open to the public.

The Filipino-American Student Association will offer a colorful and entertaining glimpse of their culture and heritage during the 90-minute program. Their high-spirited performance is a perfect fit for the overall May observance, which celebrates the many achievements of Asian/Pacific Americans and their role in building and sustaining the nation.

Also featured at the observance will be Col. Chels Chae, division chief of Joint and Army Concepts in the Army Futures Center, Training and Doctrine Command. Chae will offer an inspirational talk titled "Unity As Foundation, Diversity As Strength."

Chae graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the infantry in 1982. He has served in command positions from platoon-level to light infantry battalion.

His last command tour was with the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry (Wolfhounds) Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii. Prior to his current assignment, he was with Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk in the Concept Development and Experimentation Directorate.

The colonel has completed course work at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Marine Corps Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. Chae's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army commendation medals, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist with Combat Star and Ranger Tab.

A sign language interpreter will be on site.

The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Resource Management is sponsoring the observance.

For more information, call 788-4451.

This article was posted on: May 18, 2005

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