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ARAB AMERICAN YEARBOOK INAUGURAL CELEBRATION 

On Thursday February 1st, 2007 – TIYM Publishing’s CEO Angela Zavala & Co-Editor Jordan Dansby, hosted the Inaugural Celebration of the first ever production of the Arab American Yearbook held at the Library of Congress.   Over 200 people attended this unique and prestigious event, from media, government officials, military, political, and business sectors.

The Honorable Secretary Gordon England (Deputy Defense Secretary), The Honorable Arab American Congressman Charles Boustany, Saudi Arabian Ambassador Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Qatar Ambassador Nasr Bin Hamd Al-Kalifa, and U.S. Marine Major General Wilson were present as Guests of Honor. 


LCpl Kalil Montaser, Sgt Mediya Abakar, LCpl Sona Babani, Sgt Ayman Kafel, GySgt Jamal Baadani, CPO Rayan Higazi, SSgt Tamer Azzazy, Cpl Souhaib Elkoun
 


The Honorable Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England (center) and US Marine Major General Wilson (3rd from left) pose with various military members from the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps
 


CPO Rayan Higazi, Sgt Ayman Kafel, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, and LCpl Kalil Montaser, share some laughs.
 
 

Sgt Ayman Kafel with Mr. Zadil Ansari (Pentagon Muslim Lay Leader)


Deputy Secretary of Defense The Honorable Mr. Gordon England with LCDR Saifulislam (Quantico Chaplain) and LCpl Sona Babani


Saudi Arabia
Ambassador Turki Al-Faisal, LCpl Sona Babani, and Qatar Ambassador Nasr Bin Hamd Al-Kalifa

 


Arab American Congressman Charles Boustany (LA) blue tie at the VIP reception


Arab American Congressman Charles Boustany (LA) and Jamal Baadani, President & Founder of APAAM
 


Washington DC’s Lebanese Taverna Restaurant caters middle eastern food


Lance Corporal Sona Babani (born in Baghdad, Iraq and immigrated to the US at the age of 10) sings the National Anthem
 


Angela Zavala, CEO of TIYM Publishing (3rd from left) with distinguished guests


SSgt Tammer Azzazy (Egyptian Arab American Marine) graces the back cover of the Arab American Yearbook is congratulated by Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England
 


What a long night – Kalil Montaser, Tammer Azzazy, and Ayman Kafel, relax after a long night enjoying the Arab American Yearbook


Cpl Souhaib Elkoun, Ayman Kafel, Tammer Azzazy, and Kalil Montaser
 


Saudi Arabian Ambassador Prince Turki Al-Faisal congratulates Jamal Baadani for keeping the focus of APAAM as an organization representing the interests and patriotism of the Arab American Communities by working to build a bridge of education and understanding in America – www.apaam.org
 


U.S. Marine Major General Wilson shows his support for the Arab American Community by attending the Arab American Yearbook Inaugural Celebration, and congratulates SSgt Tammer Azzazy on his appearance on the back cover of the Yearbook.


The Honorable Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Jamal Baadani, President & Founder of APAAM.  Secretary England advocates on the importance of ethnic diversity within the U.S. Military and Department of Defense.

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England addresses over 200 attendees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

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