Recently, I had an opportunity to meet David Yei, who works in the 419th Fighter Wing. Yei is a technical sergeant in the Civil Engineering Squadron and has worked as a firefighter for about three years.
He was born at the Dugway Proving Grounds and grew up in Tooele. It was in grade school when he first felt and became aware that his physical appearance led to a difference in how he was treated by others. He quickly learned some people had biases and prejudices. He heard words that Air Force professionalism frowns upon.