Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS), Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen was named 2013 Asian-American Executive of the Year by the Chinese Institute of Engineers during ceremonies in Dallas, March 2.
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Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen was named 2013 Asian-American Executive of the Year
"This is a proud moment and deservedly so for Admiral Yuen," said Commander, NAVSUP and Chief of Supply Corps, Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich. "Not only is this a celebration of our legacy of diversity, but it is a testament to the great executive level work and achievements of a true leader in naval logistics."
Founded in 1917, the Chinese Institute of Engineers - USA (CIE-USA) is a non-profit professional organization of Chinese-American engineers, scientists and other professionals who promote Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) in all communities across the United States.
CIE-USA hosts the Asian American Engineering and Executive of the Year Award (AAEOY) annually to recognize outstanding Asian American professionals in the areas of STEM and leadership. They are nominated from corporations, academics, government and nationally renowned institutions. Many of their achievements represent monumental breakthroughs in their respective fields, and their impacts are global and everlasting.
Rear Adm. Yuen's selection recognized his accomplishments not only for his role as the commander of NAVSUP GLS, but for his many educational and career accomplishments as well.
A San Francisco native, Rear Adm. Yuen said honor, pride and patriotism have been instilled in him through generations.
"Perhaps like many of your families, mine came to earn a prosperous living, send money home to families in China," Rear Adm. Yuen said while speaking to assembled audience at the ceremony. "Eventually, our families stayed and became woven into the fabric of America. My father served a tour in the U.S. Army as a Korean War draftee. He instilled honor, pride and patriotism. So, many of our stories define American opportunity and prosperity."
"I believe we, as Asian-Americans, value and take pride in our roots, which have spread in so many directions now, from our cultures that formed our personal values and a source of identity to shape America into the melting pot it is today,” he added. “So the choices of our forefathers provide us with lives that we can develop, grow, change, thereby giving us hope that we control our own destiny.
"Today - with thanks to my multi-cultural heritage and many mentors - I believe that great answers come from everywhere, and therefore executive leadership is about allowing those answers to truly come from everywhere,” Rear Adm. Yuen explained. “I am truly grateful to be a part of an American culture that prizes excellence in leadership, diversity and inclusiveness as valuable traits; they strengthen and nourish our abilities to excel in any endeavor."
By H. Sam Samuelson
NAVSUP GLS Corporate Communication Director