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To the Philippines and back: Wing Commander reflects on his heritage

U.S. Air Force Col. Jimmy Canlas, 437th Airlift Wing commander, poses for his pilot training graduation photo at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, in July, 1994. Because few Asian Americans were pilots at the time, something as small as his oxygen mask made Canlas stand out. Since the bridge of his nose is wider than most, the instructors had to give him an older, obsolete model. Now more than 20 years later, Canlas attended the first ever Asian American and Pacific Islander forum sponsored by Presidential Commission in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2016 to help continue valuable mentorship for other Asian American men and women serving in the military.

PHOTO BY: Courtesy Photo
VIRIN: 161212-F-XX999-991.JPG
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