Hispanic heritage takes center stage

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Vanessa Contreras, member of the Hispanic Heritage Month committee, reads a book in Spanish to children during a weekly reading group at the base library on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 26, 2012. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the contributions made to the United States by Hispanic and Latino Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brooke P. Beers)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Vanessa Contreras, member of the Hispanic Heritage Month committee, reads a book in Spanish to children during a weekly reading group at the base library on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 26, 2012. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the contributions made to the United States by Hispanic and Latino Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brooke P. Beers)

Hispanic heritage takes center stage

by: Lt. Col. James E. Bermudez | .
18th Aerospace Medicine Squad | .
published: October 02, 2012

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Now, more than ever, Air Force leaders recognize that people are the military's most valuable resource.

Despite our current climate of tightening budget constraints and increasing life stressors, our personnel continue to meet mission demands in a commendable manner. Their morale and esprit de corps remain foundational to their effectiveness and well being.

One of the ways the Air Force takes care of its own is by recognizing and cultivating an appreciation for the diverse ethnic backgrounds and heritages of its Airmen.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15. This year it kicked off with a bang, starting with a 5K Fun Run held last week that had wide participation. Also, an art contest is currently taking place to celebrate Latino American pride. The winners of the contest in the two categories, middle school and high school, will be announced within the next few weeks, and prizes will be awarded for the top three art selections in each category.

Additionally, the Hispanic Heritage Dinner and Gala is coming up on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rocker NCO Club. Everyone is encouraged to attend, including all active duty, dependents, and civilians, as well as their sponsored guests. This will be an enjoyable evening, which will include delicious Hispanic food, a performance, and a guest speaker during dinner, followed by music and dancing.

For tickets, call Master Sgt. Edward Vargas at 630-4727.