U.S.

September 27, 2013

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates leadership serving with honor, pride

Tags:
Gabrielle Kuholski
Staff Writer

Lt. Col. Maricela Alvarado, G3/5/7, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, serves as guest speaker for the Hispanic Heritage Month event Tuesday in Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Hispanics Serving and Leading our Nation with Pride and Honor.”

Soldiers and Civilians gathered at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Tuesday for a Hispanic Heritage Month observance hosted by the Fort Huachuca Military Equal Opportunity Office and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, or USAICoE.

Attendees took in the sights of 20 different country displays located in the lobby, the sounds of Spanish music and enjoyed Latin American cuisine and a “Baile Folklórico” dance performance by Alma Dolores International Dance Center.

“[I want attendees to] understand and have appreciation that, even though we have different ethnicities, different races, we all contribute equally,” said Sgt. 1st Class Federico Molinar, Fort Huachuca Military Equal Opportunity Office, USAICoE.

Guest speaker Lt. Col. Maricela Alvarado, G3/5/7, USAICoE, reminded those in attendance that Hispanic Heritage Month is more than celebrating culture; it focuses on the contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to the country.

Alvarado elaborated on this year’s theme, “Celebrating Hispanics Serving and Leading our Nation with Pride and Honor,” by emphasizing the importance of developing the next generation of Hispanic leaders, both in the military and civilian sector.

Rachella Westbrook from Alma Dolores International Dance Center performs at the Hispanic Heritage Month event Tuesday in Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. Westbrook was one of four dancers to present a folkloric dance, or “baile folklórico,” native of Mexico.

She shared the story of how she saw an American Soldier in uniform for the first time when she was five; it was her cousin who fought in the Vietnam War.

“ … an individual doesn’t wake up one day and say, today I’m joining the military and I’m going to serve with honor and pride. There is something or someone who has influenced or touched the lives of those individuals,” Alvarado said.

Among other personal experiences, Alvarado talked about her previous assignment as Professor of Military Science at the University of Texas Pan American and how 95 percent of the cadets graduating were Hispanic. She stated that the cadets were in search of Hispanic role models and she did her best to bring in Hispanic officers to talk with the them.

“When those senior leaders sat in a round table discussion with our cadets, they just soaked everything in,” Alvarado said, stressing the impact these Hispanic officers had on the graduates.

She also pointed out the need for Hispanic leadership due to the growing population. According to her statistics by 2050, Hispanics will comprise 30 percent of the population in the nation.

Attendees of the Hispanic Heritage Month event Tuesday in Thunder Mountain Activity Centre line up at the lunch buffet to try Latin American cuisine. Options included Adobo pork, chicken enchiladas, Cuban and Puerto Rican rice, Panamanian potato salad and flan for dessert.

“ … for those of you here who are Hispanic, you have to continue to serve with honor and pride to be a positive role model for those youth so they can associate themselves with you — but we can’t stop there,” Alvarado explained. “We have the responsibility to mentor and to develop those young kids, to instill a sense of pride and confidence so that they one day can be successful. As a nation, we must recognize those Hispanics serving and leading our nation today, those who are serving confidently, with pride and honor every day.”

In addition to Alvarado, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, USAICoE and Fort Huachuca, gave the opening and closing remarks of the event. His introduction touched on the history of Hispanic Heritage Month and the history of Hispanics serving in the military.

“For those of us in the military community who have been brothers in arms with our Hispanic Americans through the years, it’s very interesting to note that there is over 1.2 million Hispanics or Latinos that have served or are veterans in the military, in fact probably few realize is of ethnic groups in the United States, there are more Medals of Honor that have been [received] by Hispanic Americans than any other ethnic group,” Ashley said.

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The observation began as Hispanic Heritage week under Pres. Lyndon Johnson, but was extended to a 30-day period under Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1988. Sept. 15 is the anniversary of numerous independence days across Central America, including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence day on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 while Columbus Day, or “Día de la Raza,” on Oct. 12, falls within the 30-day period.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Jolene Cooper, MVC

Homes await military Families: MVC has available housing in most post neighborhoods

Jolene Cooper, MVC A currently unoccupied home in Miles Manor 1 is available to a Family of a Service member E1 through E-6. Unlike most homes in that housing area, it is a single unit. All nearby homes are located less than a ...
 
 

Presidential Proclamation — National Native American Heritage Month, 2014

NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Every year, our Nation pauses to reflect on the profound ways the First Americans have shaped our country’s character and culture. The first stewards of our environment, early voices for the values that define our Nation, and models...
 
 

Garrison commander conducts Ebola Awareness Town Halls

The Fort Huachuca U.S. Army Garrison commander conducted two Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Awareness Town Halls Nov. 13 at Murr Community Center to ensure all Installation Management Command (IMCOM) personnel are knowledgeable about the disease, its origins and spread. Col. Thomas A. Boone addressed attendees about the mandatory IMCOM Ebola training requirement, and said the...
 

 

IMCOM unveils plan for 2025 and beyond

SAN ANTONIO — The U.S. Army Installation Management Command released “IMCOM 2025 and Beyond,” a new campaign plan operationalizing the commanding general’s vision for the organization. This plan provides a roadmap for IMCOM’s future and serves as a change management document that focuses the command’s collective efforts, prioritizes resources and continues the exchange of informatio...
 
 

Recycle cooking oil, grease after Thanksgiving Day

After you’re done with the turkey and stuffing next week, take cooking oil and grease to be recycled at one of the two City of Sierra Vista year-round grease collection sites, free of charge. In previous years, Sierra Vista has set up a special grease collection site on the day after Thanksgiving. “This year, we’re...
 
 
Gary Sheftick

Native Americans place special honor in military service

Gary Sheftick Mary Hudetz, editor-in-chief of Native Peoples Magazine and president of the Native American Journalists Association, speaks to reporters and students at the Defense Information School, during the Defense Media Ac...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin