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NEWS | Sept. 22, 2008

Team Randolph celebrates 'Hispanic Heritage Month'

By Sean Bowlin Staff writer

On U.S. military installations around the world, entities of the Federal government are leading the way by recognizing the contributions Hispanics have made to the nation's security, freedom and diversity of culture by celebrating "Hispanic Heritage Month" from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. 

"Our Hispanic culture is interwoven with diversity and a proud heritage that stems from over 20 Latin-American countries," said Senior Master Sgt. Richard Madrid, Randolph Air Force Base's chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Committee. 

Sergeant Madrid said Hispanics throughout military history have made great contributions and sacrifices to keep America strong, prosperous and free. 

"There have been 43 Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients," he added. "There have also been many civilian Hispanics who have made great contributions and sacrifices in the name of freedom. Hand-in-hand, Hispanic men and women enrich the American way of life by 'Getting Involved: Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation,' which is a fitting theme in celebration for this year's 'Hispanic Heritage Month.''' 

At Randolph AFB, activities abound from mid-September through mid-October that celebrate Hispanic contributions and educate Team Randolph members about their heritage. 

Those activities are: 

Today - Randolph Hispanic Council Golf Tournament at Randolph Oaks at noon 

Sept. 29 - Brown Bag Seminar, "1206 and EPR session," at 11 a.m. at the education center, Rm. 35. 

Sept. 30 - Dining facility, Hispanic luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Oct. 1 - Mass in Chapel 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., followed by a Hispanic food sampling in the chapel annex at 12:30 p.m. 

Oct. 9 - "Hispanic Heritage Committee" luncheon at the enlisted club at 11 a.m. Tickets are available; contact Staff Sgt. Vanessa Frensely at 565-2107 or Lourdes Saunders at 652-1206. Guest speaker is Henry Munoz III, chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Kell Munoz Architects, Inc., the largest minority-owned architectural firm in Texas. 

Oct. 13 - Children's piñata party at the child development center at 2:30 p.m. 

For more information, call Sergeant Madrid at 652-7395.