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FLASH FROM THE CHIEF: National Hispanic Heritage Month
FLASH FROM THE CHIEF: National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month allows us to reflect on how Hispanic Americans have profoundly shaped the heritage and culture of our country through dedication to family, faith, hard work, and service. 

This year's theme, "Essential to the Blueprint of Our Nation," emphasizes the impact Hispanics have had and continue to have in shaping the United States. From teachers to chemists, composers, astronauts, athletes, civil rights activists, corporate leaders, and key government officials, their contributions reflect the core values of our nation.

Today, 57.5 million people or 18 percent of the American population is of Hispanic origin. Among them, approximately 60,000 active and Reserve Sailors of Hispanic heritage serve in the U.S. Navy. Additionally, more than 12,000 Hispanic American civilians are employed in the Department of the Navy.

Recognizing the diversity of Hispanic ancestries, National Hispanic Heritage Month commenced on September 15, which coincides with the independence anniversaries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, please take time to learn something new about the remarkable achievements Hispanic Americans have made to help build this country that we all call home.


M.C. SKUBIC
RADM, SC, USN

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