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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — National Hispanic Heritage Month gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our shared history as Americans, and specifically upon the contributions of our teammates with Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Central American and South American heritage. The observance lasts from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 each year — a time period that encompasses the Independence Days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (Sept. 15); Mexico (Sept. 16); and Chile (Sept. 18). It also includes Oct. 12, known as the “Day of Hispanic Heritage,” which is celebrated across Spain and Latin America. We are honored to recognize the richness, warmth and vitality of these cultures and the individuals who contribute to the strong fabric of our nation.

Hispanic Americans have played a critical role in our society through their leadership and service in communities, businesses and in every professional field, including our military. Since our nation's founding, Hispanic Americans have served bravely in in every conflict and have earned more than 40 Medals of Honor and numerous distinguished military decorations for their leadership, courage and valor. Today, more than 139,000 Hispanic Americans serve across Army components, continuing to lead and inspire us and to strengthen our readiness, resilience and resolve.

Our diversity makes our nation and our profession strong. Let’s take the time to listen and uplift our teammates, their unique heritage and their service.

We are proud to serve alongside each one of you and your families. Thank you for all you do and for your contributions to our shared mission success.

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