AAPIHM Spotlight: Regina Jabbour

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

Although separated from Hill Air Force Base by 600 miles, this week’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month spotlight is very much a part of the base and its important missions.

Regina Jabbour is a flight director in the 517th Software Engineer Squadron. Her flight is a geographically separated unit in the Ogden Air Logistics Complex’s 309th Software Group, located at Peterson AFB, Colorado. There are 95 members in the flight that supports ground station terminals for space and air force customers. 

Jabbour has been an Air Force civilian employee for seven years. She said despite being so far away, she works hard to maintain strong relationships with leadership at Hill.

“I try to make it to Hill once every few months,” she said. “It is important to maintain relationships and it keeps our folks engaged and knowing they will be provided the support they need.”

Jabbour is being spotlighted as someone with Japanese heritage.  Her grandmother was from Japan and married her grandfather, who was serving in the Korean War. She was unable to really get to know her grandmother before she passed away but had a strong connection with her grandmother’s sister and her husband, who was serving in the Army in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed.

“It was a contentious time period,” she said. “The Japanese were shrouded in suspicion. That part of history has been important to me, and it is a source of pride that I have this great uncle who despite that difficult situation was able to bring honor and pride to our culture and to our family.”

Jabbour has a daughter who lives in Hawaii and she frequents the island often. One of her favorite places to visit is the Army Museum of Hawaii, which has a section dedicated to those of Asian descent who served our country.

“It always brings chills to think about the suspicion they were under, yet they pushed past that and were able to serve the country honorably,” she said. “It is an incredible place to visit.”

Jabbour encourages everyone to take some time this heritage month to consider the great accomplishments and sacrifices Asian Americans made for our country. She said getting to know her great aunt and uncle before they passed, and to learn first-hand of their experiences and history, was very rewarding and life enriching.   

In terms of her own service in the Air Force, Jabbour said success comes through doing the best you can in whatever position you are in.

“The biggest piece of advice I would give a new employee is regardless of your job or position, really focus on doing the best you can,” she said. “Good things will happen when you sparkle and shine.”