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Hispanic Heritage Special

March 2, 2018

Face of Defense: Immigrant Airman Forges Intercultural Friendships

An intelligence analyst by day and cultural envoy by night, Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar “Vinny” Ventura grew up as one of four bilingual siblings in a Hispanic immigrant family in Los Angeles, California. Ventura's parents didn't speak English, so they relied on him and his brothers to translate for them.

Nov. 29, 2017

Puerto Rico-Born Airman Comes Home to Aid Storm-Stricken Residents

A Puerto Rico native who now serves in the Air Force, recently spent 30 days on his former island home as part of a deployed team who consisted of four chaplains and two assistants to support emergency relief operations.

Oct. 25, 2017

Face of Defense: Dominican-Born Airman Inspires Serenity

Most airmen begin their military path on United States soil. But for others, like Air Force Tech. Sgt. Siddartha Sosa-Rodriguez, the noncommissioned officer in charge of plans and programs for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing chapel, the beginning of the Air Force journey can be traced across oceans and beyond borders to a culture much different from our own.

Oct. 6, 2017

Navy Participates in STEM Event at Rio Grande Valley Campus

Sailors participated in Student Leadership Day and Latina Day during this week's observance of Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week on the campus of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Sept. 26, 2017

Face of Defense: Marine Instructor Shapes Bright Future

Marine Corps Cpl. Saul Huerta-Magdaleno embodies this year's National Hispanic Heritage Month theme of "Shaping the Bright Future of America." He was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the United States in 2011 at age 16. Nearly 16 percent of all enlisted Marines are Hispanic.

Aug. 31, 2017

Face of Defense: Air Force Couple Takes Journey to Citizenship

Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Chiriboga and Airman 1st Class Estefania Briceno Ron travelled far from their former home in Ecuador and today they’re both airmen, U.S. citizens and married to each other. Chiriboga is now an engineering technician and Briceno Ron is a personnel and administration technician.

Aug. 30, 2017

Face of Defense: Army Guard Vocalist Makes National Capital Region Rounds

A program analyst at the National Guard Bureau never expected to sing patriotic songs at events, but a promotion ceremony more than 10 years ago started him on that path. Army Maj. Edgar I. Quinones-Marin credits his ability to focus when singing to military discipline and a love for the performing arts.

Aug. 18, 2017

Face of Defense: Army Reserve Sniper is Mentor, Model Soldier

Army Sgt. Ian Rivera-Aponte lies motionless in the tall grass, hidden by face paint and his ghillie suit. He stares down the scope of his M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle and waits to take the shot. This is the life of a sniper. A third-generation service member, Rivera-Aponte said he's just trying to carry on that family legacy.

July 21, 2017

Face of Defense: Childhood Friends Become Marine Corps Brothers

Three friends who have known each other since attending middle school together in Texas, never envisioned they would join the Marines Corps or be stationed in a foreign country together. Now all three are in Okinawa, Japan and as one of them says, they never tire of each other.

July 20, 2017

Face of Defense: Air Guardsman Gives Sister Gift of Life

Air Force Staff Sgt. Franciscoadan Orellana went through months of testing to donate one of his kidneys to save his sister’s life. The Louisiana Air National Guard member said his military training and mindset is what allowed him to act swiftly and expedite the screening process.

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