• U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander Col. Christopher M. Benson, Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain and Josefa Greer from Community Bank cut the cake during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Cutting the cake

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander Col. Christopher M. Benson, Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain and Josefa Greer from Community Bank cut the cake during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • Narcy Aberg from Panama shows a traditional dance from her home country during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Dance

    Narcy Aberg from Panama shows a traditional dance from her home country during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander Col. Christopher M. Benson and Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain join Narcy Aberg and Juana Hawell in a traditional dance during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Dance

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander Col. Christopher M. Benson and Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain join Narcy Aberg and Juana Hawell in a traditional dance during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • Soldiers and Family members are invited to join the dancers in a traditional dance during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Dance

    Soldiers and Family members are invited to join the dancers in a traditional dance during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • Melanie Putman and Brandon Hawell perform a traditional dance from Panama during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Dance

    Melanie Putman and Brandon Hawell perform a traditional dance from Panama during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • Melanie Putman and Brandon Hawell perform a traditional dance from Panama during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Dance

    Melanie Putman and Brandon Hawell perform a traditional dance from Panama during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • Members of the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community enter the great ballroom of the Von Steuben Community Center to perform a traditional dance from their home country of Panama during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Ballroom

    Members of the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community enter the great ballroom of the Von Steuben Community Center to perform a traditional dance from their home country of Panama during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • Young dancers perform a traditional dance from Puerto Rico during U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Puerto Rico

    Young dancers perform a traditional dance from Puerto Rico during U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • Young dancers perform a traditional dance from Puerto Rico during U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Dance

    Young dancers perform a traditional dance from Puerto Rico during U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community members get in line to taste the food samples provided by volunteers during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Food sampling

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community members get in line to taste the food samples provided by volunteers during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community members get in line to taste the food samples provided by volunteers during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Food samples

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community members get in line to taste the food samples provided by volunteers during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community members get in line to taste the food samples provided by volunteers during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Food sampling

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community members get in line to taste the food samples provided by volunteers during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • Members of the Ansbach community perform a traditional dance from Panama during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Dance

    Members of the Ansbach community perform a traditional dance from Panama during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community members get in line to taste the food samples provided by volunteers during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

    Food

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community members get in line to taste the food samples provided by volunteers during the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15.

ANSBACH, Germany (Oct. 17, 2013) -- Vibrant colors of beautiful dresses and the scent of tasty food welcomed the visitors of the Hispanic Heritage Observance Oct. 15 at the Von Steuben Community Center at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach. Volunteers of all ages had practiced for weeks to perform the original dances of their home countries and prepared a buffet of food samples for the many visitors who attended the event.

Melanie Putman, a 13-year-old student at Ansbach Middle/High School, whose mother Narcy Aberg comes from Panama, said she decided to become more involved and "to share the Panamanian part" of her heritage "and its culture with other US citizens" after visiting the country several times and learning more about it.

"These observances bring every culture together with others, so we can appreciate and understand each other better, and therefore everyone can bring the most to the nation's fighting force" explained Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Mintz, the equal opportunity Adviser of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

After the opening remarks of the garrison commander, Col. Christopher Benson, and the reading of the presidential proclamation on Hispanic Heritage, members of the community came forward to perform dances from their home countries Panama and Puerto Rico. Soldiers and Family members were then invited to sample from the rich buffet and admire the exhibition pieces of memorabilia from different Hispanic countries.

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