The Military Leadership Luncheon is dedicated to promoting leadership diversity and Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in our troops. Active members and veterans of our Armed Forces have the opportunity to learn how to utilize skills and prior leadership experiences to contribute to personal and professional development in the future. Promoting diversity in the military encourages and strengthens the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout our nation.
The 2018 Military Leadership Luncheon was headlined by Rear Admiral Joseph M. Vojvodich, Deputy for Mission Control, U.S. Cost Guard. Congressman Ted Lieu, a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves delivered the keynote address at the 2017 event. The 2016 Military Leadership Luncheon featured Lieutenant General Gina M. Grosso (Air Force) and PPALM Chairman Major General Tony Taguba (US Army).
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Military Luncheon Honorary Chair
For more than twenty years, Congressman Mark Takano has worked to improve the lives of Riverside County residents, both as an elected official and as a teacher at Rialto High School.
Born and raised in Riverside, Congressman Takano’s commitment to public service began at an early age. His family roots in Riverside go back to his grandparents who, along with his parents, were removed from their respective homes and sent to Japanese American Internment camps during World War II. After the war, these two families settled in Riverside County to rebuild their lives
Congressman Takano attended La Sierra High School in the Alvord Unified School District, and in 1979 he graduated as the school’s valedictorian. Congressman Takano attended Harvard College and received his bachelor’s degree in Government in 1983. As a student, he bused tables to help make ends meet. During his senior year, he organized a transcontinental bicycle ride to benefit the international development agency Oxfam America.
Upon graduation, Congressman Takano returned home to Riverside and began teaching in the Rialto Unified School District in 1988. As a classroom teacher, Congressman Takano confronted the challenges in our public education system daily.
In 1990, Congressman Takano was elected to the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees. At RCC, Congressman Takano worked with Republicans and Democrats to improve higher education for young people and job training opportunities for adults seeking to learn a new skill or start a new career. He was elected Board President in 1991 and helped the Board and the District gain stability and direction amid serious fiscal challenges.
In 2012, Congressman Takano became the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress.
Congressman Takano represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris in the United States House of Representatives. He serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and as a member of the Education and Workforce Committee.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Thomas P. Bostick serves as Chief Operating Officer and President, Intrexon Bioengineering at Intrexon Corporation. Lt. Gen. (Ret) Bostick served as the 53rd Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lt. Gen. (Ret) Bostick also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, for Personnel; Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command; and Assistant Division Commander- Maneuver, then Assistant Division Commander-Support of the 1st Cavalry Division.
He deployed with the Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom before commanding the Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division. Lt. Gen. (Ret) Bostick also served as an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at West Point and was a White House Fellow, working as a special assistant, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and holds Master of Science Degrees in both Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. Lt. Gen. Bostick was selected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Construction, and the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Hall of Fame.
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