The Defense Department honors the storied legacy of American Indians and Alaska Natives who, from the Revolutionary War to present-day missions around the world, contribute greatly to national defense.
Soldiers and civilians celebrated Native Americans and their contributions to the military during a National Native American Heritage Month observance at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
With his sandy hair and blue eyes, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Rogers is aware you may not recognize his Native American ancestry at first glance, but it has been an integral part of his life and military service.
Marine Corps Pfc. Ira Hayes, a 22-year-old Pima Indian from Arizona, achieved immortal fame as one of the six flag raisers in the iconic World War II photo taken atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
After initially being denied the opportunity to serve his country, Ely Parker eventually overcame adversity to attain the highest rank of any Native American in the Union Army during the Civil War and serve in the presidential administration of his friend, Ulysses S. Grant.
12.8k .......... Enlisted
1.6k .......... Officers
1.3M .......... Total Active-Duty Service Members
1 out of every 100 DOD civilians are American Indian/Alaska Native.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.