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National Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

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  • By 1st Lieutenant Justin Smith
  • 90th Comptrollers Squadron
Our Air Force is a strong reflection of the multiple cultures represented in our country today.  The different ethnicities, races and backgrounds each Airman brings to the fight build on the common grounds of integrity, service and excellence. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time for me to share a piece of my background with others.

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a look back at history as well as a look to future accomplishments still on the horizon.  We also reflect on the inspirational and encouraging contributions made by Hispanic Americans to our military and country.

Men and women of Hispanic descent have helped set the path for many generations to come - such as the actions of Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Joseph H. De Castro of the Union Army at Gettysburg during the American Civil War and Olga Custodio, who was the first Latina to become a captain for American Airlines.

This year's celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month was observed Oct. 27 with traditional foods like tamales, pernil and arroz con gandules. Salsa and merengue rhythms kept the atmosphere light and cheerful as attendees enjoyed guest speaker Airman 1st Class Richard Sanchez's personal reflection on Cuban culture and way of life.

If you were unable to attend this event, I encourage you to take the time to learn more about the Hispanic culture and its impact on our Country. Recognizing the heritage each Airman represents not only pays respect to different cultures around the world but ultimately adds to our Air Force Heritage as well.