At the age of 25, Michelle Nguyen is the youngest candidate running for San Diego City Council in District 3. For someone of her age, her background and experience are one few can say they have. As a second-generation American, Michelle dedicates her life to service to her community and country. Michelle is a seasoned procurement specialist at a major government defense contractor in San Diego and continues to drill in the California Army National Guard as Executive Officer in a
Michelle has a fresh perspective for innovative solutions for complex problems. She is dedicated to fixing our inadequate parking and road conditions, ensuring that city expenditures are made with the taxpayer in mind, that our neighborhoods are safe for our businesses and families, and that the city develops long-term solutions to veteran homelessness. It’s time we solve these issues once and for all.
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MICHELLE AND THE USS MIDWAY
The USS Midway Museum, the historic naval aircraft carrier museum located in San Diego’s District 3, has a special connection to Michelle and her family. Michelle’s paternal grandfather, Mr. Nha Van Nguyen, was a decorated lieutenant colonel in the South Vietnamese Army. He trained alongside the Americans in Japan, Texas, and was even present at the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. Leading up to the Fall of Saigon, Michelle’s grandfather evacuated his wife and ten children out of the country while he stayed in Vietnam until April 30, 1975, known as “Black April.” The USS Midway was one of the many U.S. military vessels involved in Operation Frequent Wind that evacuated many “at-risk” Vietnamese military and refugees. When her grandfather finally reunited with his family in Guam days later, the children laughed as they did not recognize him wearing a borrowed coverall from a U.S. sailor. The family of 12 later went on to settle in Corvallis, Oregon. Michelle’s grandfather passed away from cancer in 2005 when she was 11. Though he was not there to see it, Michelle honored her grandfather by having her commissioning ceremony into the U.S. Army on the historic USS Midway in May 2016. Today, Michelle (or 1LT Nguyen) serves in the 40th Infantry Division in the California Army National Guard. Another spooky coincidence she discovered—her grandfather served in the 40th Infantry Brigade in the South Vietnamese Army. Out of 25, Michelle is the only grandchild of his to serve in the military.