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Spotlight | May 15, 2024

Special Agent Valeria Tikhonova with the Far East Field Office celebrates her Asian-Pacific heritage

By Jessica Hanley Far East Field Office, Army CID

Valeria Tikhonova, a Special Agent at the Far East Field Office located in Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Tikhonova an evidence custodian and Senior Enlisted Advisor/Chief Investigator, has been with CID for over 12 years and with the Army for 17 years. Tinkonova is of Asian-Pacific descent born in Vladivostok, Russia, an Asian part of the Eurasia continent called the Far East, located on the Asian side of the Pacific Ocean by the East Sea.

May holds special significance for her as a woman of Asian-Pacific descent, as it is a time to celebrate the rich cultural heritage, unique experiences, and invaluable contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Tikhonova says, “the month is a reminder of the resilience, strength, and ingenuity of the AAPI community, as well as the traditions of the lunar new year and respect for elders and ancestors.”

Valeria Tikhonova's family has solid traditions, emphasizing respect for elders and extended family networks. Tinkonova says AAPI Heritage Month is about "celebrating the past and reaffirming commitment to shaping a future where AAPI voices are heard, respected, and empowered.”