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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."
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.

Recognizing Hispanic American Heritage amongst the ranks
Typically in a USACE Command there are a few Army “green-suiters” that make up the command team, aside from that the number of Soldiers begin to dwindle. 
Lt. Col. Rene Rodriguez, operations officer, is an Army Reserve Soldier and 1st Lt. David Sanchez, military personnel officer is a Texas National Guard Soldier.
Oct. 14, 2016 - The representation of Hispanic-Americans on active duty has increased by 10 percent during the past 30 years. In 1985, it was three percent, and in 2016 it is 13.7 percent.

Motivated by Loss
Sgt. 1st Class Edwin Velez, native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, wanted nothing more than to feel like he was at the same level as his father; disciplined, smart, computer savvy and an all around outdoors guy.
Oct. 12, 2016 - “I want to be just like my father” is a phrase many young boys and men say at one point in their life. Sgt. 1st Class Edwin Velez, native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, wanted nothing more than to feel like he was at the same level as his father; disciplined, smart, computer savvy and an all around outdoors guy.
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