Throughout our nation's history, Native Americans have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war, while also fighting for the right to be an equal part of our nation. We recognize their rich heritage and honor their spirit and true devotion to our country. Native Americans have a distinguished legacy in the Army - many thousands have served in the armed forces from the early days of the Revolutionary War, with the Lewis and Clark expedition, as Scouts with the U.S. Cavalry and as Code Talkers in World War II.
We give sincere thanks and appreciation for the past and present contributions American Indian Soldiers, civilians and family members have made. We know there is strength in diversity. We are Army Strong because we not only place great value in having different perspectives, approaches, and skills but also because we value having ethnic and cultural diversity.
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This legacy continues today with the brave Soldiers who have served and continue to serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. To this day, 24 Native Americans have earned the Medal of Honor for their courage and devotion to our nation. The nation is proud of the lasting contributions Native Americans continue to make as Soldiers, civilians, veterans and family members in professions that will benefit the nation and Army for many years to come.
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