Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 15, 2016

What is it?

Each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the Army community joins the nation in both reflecting upon and celebrating the tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans serving in the U.S. Army. Hispanic-American Soldiers have served in the Army for more than 236 years in support of the nation and securing peace worldwide. The legacy of these individuals is one of exceptional service, which remains evident today in various functional areas of the force and levels of leadership.

The National theme for 2016 is “Hispanic American: Embracing, Enriching, and Enabling America.”

Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This month also takes into account the Independence Day of Mexico on Sept. 16 and the Independence Day of Chile on Sept. 18. Throughout Spain and Latin America, Columbus Day is also celebrated as “Hispanity Day.”

What has the Army done?

Army leaders at all echelons work daily to influence change that causes the Army culture to continually evolve in a way that fosters and sustains capabilities to win in an unknown, unknowable and complex operational environment.

During this observance, the Army prioritizes a myriad of efforts to amplify its appreciation of all Hispanic Americans who have served and those who continue to serve today.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

The Army will continue to:

  • Ensure all individuals who are able and willing to serve have the full and equal opportunity to do so, and are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Select the best-qualified Soldiers to serve in its military occupational specialties and provide opportunities and the necessary support to help them reach their full potential.
  • Remain a highly capable and mission-ready force, in part by leveraging the strengths of its diverse, all-volunteer force.
  • Encourage every member of the Army family to learn about and celebrate the contributions of all Hispanic Soldiers, civilians and their families who have given so much to help safeguard the nation’s freedom.

Why is this important to the Army?

America’s Army remains a highly capable and mission ready force by continuing to leverage the strengths found in its diverse, all-volunteer force. The depth of experience evident in the Army’s talent pool helps to sustain its legacy as the effective fighting force that America, its allies and adversaries know today.

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