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October 15, 2012 / iDriveWarships

SURFPAC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

With nearly 70,000 Hispanic active duty and reserve Sailors and civilians in the U.S. Navy Total Force, the ethnic group makes up a large component of our diverse workforce.

Across the U.S., National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

At Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters in San Diego, the national theme, “diversity united, building America’s future today,” was brought to life by musical performers from the Grupo Luna Llena, featuring Eduardo Parra and Romeo Carrido. Capt. Yvette Davids was the keynote speaker for the event, and bears the honor of being the first Hispanic woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, USS Curts (FFG 38).

View photos from the celebration here.
*Photos by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Robert Winkler

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