The Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity presented the 2012 Excellence in Military Service award to Jaime Cavazos, June 26 at the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention & Exposition's Opportunity Reception: Honoring our Armed Forces, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Cavazos is the Chief, MEDCOM Public Affairs Officer, Directorate of Communications, U.S. Army Medical Command.

"I was privileged to have been nominated by the leadership to represent the U.S. Army Medical Command in this prestigious competition," Cavazos said. "I'm humbled at my selection as the Army's civilian to receive the 2012 Excellence in Military Service Award. Although I've never been associated with LULAC, I am certainly aware of the organization's efforts in combating discrimination and promoting American patriotism while promoting Hispanic advancements both in the civilian and military communities."

The Diversity Outreach awards provide Army Medicine with an opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional manner in which Cavazos has performed his duties. He has uniquely distinguished himself by promoting the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations and public service, and displayed exceptional character that distinguishes him as an outstanding leader, role model, and mentor for other DoD and Department of Army personnel. His endless contributions to public affairs are well known to his colleagues, the Army, and Army Medicine Family.

LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 900 LULAC councils nationwide.