In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (NHHM).
This year’s theme is, “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One.” The theme reflects the diversity inherent within the Hispanic community, as well as the strength that comes with unity. It reflects the imperative of inclusivity – valuing both diversity of background unity of purpose. Inclusivity enables DoD to harness the full potential and talent of diverse communities unified in the preservation and protection of military interests at home and abroad. Approximately 15.6% of United States Air Force members are of Hispanic or Latino descent.
The national observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance to cover a 30-day period that encompassed the days of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile. Later that year, the expanded observance was enacted into law—PublicLaw 100-402.