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Each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the U.S. Army values the contributions of American Soldiers with ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Hispanic Americans have not hesitated to defend and show their allegiance to this nation in many ways, but especially through military service. The Army and U.S. draws strength from the diversity that makes up America's melting pot.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This month also takes into account the Independence Day of Mexico on Sept. 16 and the Independence Day of Chile on Sept. 18. Throughout Spain and Latin America, Columbus Day is also celebrated as "Hispanity Day."
From immigrant to Soldier and then to citizen — in that order
U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Adriana Scott, a force protection officer with the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), was promoted to the rank of major by Brig. Gen. Tony Wright, commanding general, during a ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, on Oct. 5, 2019. Scott has served in both the Army and Army Reserve for more than 17 years, which includes two deployments to Iraq. The Soldier migrated to the United States with her parent when she was 3-years-old and was inspired to join the Army after the September 11th attacks because she felt the need to do her part and help protect the country that had given her family so much. While saying a few words to the formation, Scott's mother, Celia, got to hug her daughter while she was explaining why she joined and how thankful she was that her parents migrated to the United States when she was young so that she could find this career.
Oct. 11, 2019 - Standing before the formation, she looked down at her daughter pinning the new rank of major on her uniform. Then, she glanced over at her mother, who was beaming with pride. In fact, U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Adriana Scott’s mother was so proud of her that she walked over to the front of the formation and gave her newly promoted daughter a big hug.

Spc. Jennifer Liriano highlights Hispanic Heritage Month
During my clinicals as a 68C student I had a patient who was a young Soldier diagnosed with lung cancer. Any time I was on the oncology floor I would stop by and just talk to this Soldier and get to know them. He made it through and seeing this Soldier fight this battle and survive made my heart full.
Oct. 3, 2019 - A theme for this year’s Hispanic Heritage month is, Hispanic Americans: Shaping the Bright Future of America. Spc. Jennifer Liriano, a 68C from Jersey City, N.J. and member of the 865th Combat Support Hospital in Niagara Falls, N.Y, is a shining example of that bright future.

Army general officer: ‘Future Army leader will be a woman.’
Maj. Gen. Marion Garcia, commanding general for the 200th Military Police Command, shares her experiences with congressional staff delegates and fellow general officers during the Women Leadership Roundtable Discussion hosted at the Pentagon, Feb. 7, 2018.  Top U.S. military generals met with congressional delegates to discuss their life perspectives as military women and the importance of having access to every talented American who can add strength to the force.
Feb. 7, 2018 - Female general officers from across the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force spoke about experiences women have faced in the military during a Women Leadership Roundtable Discussion with a bipartisan congressional staff delegation comprised of women chiefs of staff from both houses of U.S. Congress at the Pentagon, Feb. 7, 2018.

Meet Your Army: Army Reserve Maj. Florez is moving mountains for inauguration
U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Beatriz Florez, a McAllen, Texas native, joined the Joint Task Force - National Capital Region in support of the 58th Presidential Inauguration, which will take place Jan. 20, 2017. The task force is charged with coordinating all military ceremonial support for the inaugural period. As a joint service committee, it includes members from all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components.
Jan. 17, 2017 - While the Oath of Office, the Inaugural Parade and an array of dinners, balls and receptions have America's attention, a military task force will be working behind the scenes to sustain the flow of inaugural events.

Embracing, Enriching and Enabling America
Brig. Gen. (Retired) Fernando Fernandez addresses Soldiers, civilians and Family members of the 1st Mission Support Command during a Hispanic Heritage event held at Ramos Hall on Fort Buchanan, October 15.
Oct. 15, 2016 - Commemorations such as Hispanic Heritage Month are a great opportunity to pause and reflect on our shared history as Americans and to celebrate the rich mosaic of people and cultures who, together, built and strengthened our Army and our nation. This year, the 1st Mission Support Command celebrated “Embracing, Enriching and Enabling America” during a Hispanic Heritage event held at Ramos Hall on Fort Buchanan, October 15.
RESOURCES

CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY:
Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS:
National Hispanic Heritage Month

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS:
Hispanic Reading Room

VETERANS AFFAIRS:
Hispanic Heritage

WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE:
Educational Excellence for Hispanics

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE:
Smithsonian Latino Center

CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE:
Educate. Empower. Connect.

DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE:
Hispanic Heritage Observance