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(Left to right) 1st. Sgt. Ray Laverenz, Headquarters and Headquarter Detachment USAG Livorno, Air Force Master Sgt. James Poole, 31st Munitions Squadron First Sergeant, Mary Head, African-American heritage month committee member, Lt. Col. Steven Cade, USAG Livorno commander gather with Camp Darby community members at the Darby Community Club on Feb. 2, to celebrate the beginning of African-American Heritage month with a cake cutting ceremony.

LIVORNO, Italy - Command Sgt. Maj. Felix Rodriguez, the USAG Livorno Command Sgt. Maj., used his creativity and ingenuity to come up with a new way to help educate the Camp Darby community about African-American Heritage Month. He decided to do a daily Trivia question via email to those on the Camp Darby email distribution list with winners receiving small prizes donated from AAFES and DECA vendors.

"I thought in my mind 'is there another medium that we could use to educate the whole community''" said Rodriguez, explaining how he came up with the idea for the trivia contest. "My intent is to allow all of those working on Camp Darby to learn while they research and at the same time gives them a better appreciation for the African-American heritage."

Stacy Walker, who correctly identified Vernon Baker as an answer to one days trivia said she has used this opportunity to further educate her children.

"My son had to do a report for school and he wanted to do a report on Martin Luther King, Jr, along with the other 27 children in his class, but I insisted that he learn about some of the great men who served in the Buffalo Soldier, like Vernon Baker," said Walker. "It's important to have a complete history and to look beyond the limited, mainstream African-American history which is typically taught in the schools."

During the cake cutting ceremony, Feb. 2, kicking off African-American heritage month, USAG Livorno Commander, Lt.Col. Steven Cade told gatherers that "these little nuggets of knowledge are a unique way to learn about history, where we came from and where we are today."

Rodriguez added that Cpt. Nathaniel Paschal from the Livorno Unit Health Clinic did all the research for the questions. To read past questions and answers, visit www.usag.livorno.army.mil and click on the African-American History Month banner.

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