2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month

Monday September 17, 2012

What is it?

Originally a week-long celebration approved by President Johnson, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, was enacted into law in 1988. The celebration heightens our attention to diversity and the many contributions Hispanics have made to enrich the United States.

The observance commences on Sept. 15 to coincide with the day several Latin American countries celebrate their Independence Day. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua celebrate their Independence Day on Sept. 15, Mexico on Sept. 16 (not on May 5 - "Cinco de Mayo"), and Chile on Sept. 18.

Why is this important to the Army?

Hispanics have played a vital role in the moments that have shaped our country, and during Hispanic American Heritage Month we recognize the achievements and contributions of these individuals. America's diversity is a source of strength, and Hispanic Americans have not hesitated to defend and show their allegiance to this nation in many ways, but especially through military service.

What has the Army done?

Over the last five years, the Army has forged a relationship with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). The relationship is chiefly centered on sponsorship of the HACU national convention, at which Army has widened its engagement of Centers of Influence (COIs) and prospects through speaking opportunities and leadership meetings. The HACU National Convention draws over 3,000 students and school administrators each year. Army partnered with HACU throughout 2012 to coordinate college campus tours, introducing students to Army ROTC programs.

Through its relationship with the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC), Army has increased awareness among key Hispanic audiences of the educational and career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)-related fields available through the Army.

These are just two examples of the commitment the Army has to fostering communication with the Hispanic community.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The U.S. Army will continue to support and sponsor professional development forums to continue to develop relationships with Hispanic organizations and COIs to create a positive change of perception about opportunities available in the Army.

Resources:

Army Senior Leaders' message
Army.mil: Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army
Army G-1, Equal Opportunity Branch
U.S. Army Center for Military History
U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)
President Obama and the Hispanic Community

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Senior Leaders are Saying

"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from 15 September to 15 October by celebrating the histories, cultures and contribution of the American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. These Hispanic Americans have united their diverse backgrounds, experiences and sacrifices to play vital role in the Army's success and history, while helping to build America's future"

- Army Senior Leaders' message

View the complete Tri-signed letter: National Hispanic Heritage Month: "Diversity United, Building America's Future Today"

What They're Saying

"I always try to conduct myself as a Soldier, not a female Soldier. I hope my efforts show other female Soldiers that if you work hard you can accomplish great things."

- Sgt. Julia A. Bringloe, a flight medic with 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, received the Distinguished Flying Cross, for heroic actions performed in Afghanistan in 2010-2011, during a recent ceremony on Sept. 7, 2012, at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield, Fort Drum, N.Y.

10th CAB aviators receive awards for valor

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