183d Wing, Illinois Air National Guard
Yazzie followed his fathers, grandfathers and uncles into military service in 2000, joining the Iowa National Guard in 2007 and the Illinois Guard in 2023. "As a Navajo, Comanche and Meskwaki warrior serving in the United States Armed Forces, Native American Heritage Month holds a deep and profound significance for me. It is a time to honor and celebrate the rich cultural heritage, traditions, and contributions of Native American people throughout history. ... Being a Native American in the military allows me to showcase the diversity and inclusivity that our armed forces embody. It is a testament to the fact that our nation's strength lies in the unity of its people, regardless of their background or cultural heritage."