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AAPIHM Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Jayvee Legaspi

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  • By Kendahl Johnson
  • 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Jayvee Legaspi, a 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation operator, is excited about sharing his culture during May’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

“I am very proud to be given the chance to represent AAPI heritage month,” he said. “This month is a great opportunity for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to share what we love about our unique culture.”

Legaspi was born in the Philippines, where he, his brother and his sister all lived a traditional Filipino life. His family later moved to Guam, which he says is a “beautiful island with a lot of diversity and very friendly people.”

He said there are many things that make the Asian culture unique and exciting, including lifestyle, food, upbringing and traditions. For him, the culture’s emphasis on family togetherness is perhaps most important.

Hill AFB is Legaspi’s first military assignment.  His father works for the Air Force as a civilian employee and so he was around the military growing up and always knew he wanted to enlist.

“It was a longtime dream of mine to wear the uniform,” he said. “I knew it would be a good opportunity to expand my skills and experience and give me a chance to see the world while I serve my country.”

He admitted he would do a few things differently, if given the opportunity.

“I was always trying to fly under the radar in tech school, shying away from opportunities just so I could get through it and graduate,” he said. “I would tell others not to do that, but to put themselves out there, volunteer for anything and then do their best.  I now try to give my best in everything I do and seek out opportunities that will help me learn and grow.”

During the weekend, Legaspi spends time with his wife and friends exploring Utah. He enjoys fishing, which he said is his main hobby.