National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, marks a time to showcase and honor the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the Defense Department and the nation.
Army Staff Sgt. Henry Meza grew up on a farm in Siguatepeque, Honduras, a small town that didn't see electric lights until he was grown, but now he works with the service to citizenship program with the Iowa National Guard.
The Defense Department and the nation reflect on the contributions and sacrifices Hispanics have made to the United States, not just in the military, but in all walks of life, during National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jose Luis Montalvan climbed through the officer ranks after escaping the revolution in Nicaragua in 1987.
209.7k .......... Enlisted
20.3k .......... Officers
1.3M .......... Total Active-Duty Service Members
About 8 out of every 100 DOD civilians are Hispanic.
Hispanic DOD Civilians
of 794,333 total Civilian Force
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.