Diverse in character, unified in purpose

By Master Sgt. Patricia Demers
115th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Each year, the President of the United States designates September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month – a national celebration of the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Follows is just one of your Guard members’ stories.

My great-grandparents came to America from Mexico in the late 1890s. Many in my family have served in our armed forces from WWII to the present. We are Americans first, and we are proud of the contributions our ancestors have made to our modern-day culture and how it’s enriched the world we live in today.

Since I was nine years old, I knew I wanted to be in the US. Air Force and I enlisted during my senior year of high school. In the 30 years I’ve served, I’ve seen many changes. My career represents breaking barriers and raising levels of excellence and commitment to duty, country, and family.

As a Hispanic woman in the military, I’m honored to serve. My success has been in making a difference with those I serve and with helping others be successful in reaching their goals and realizing their dreams.

Today, we celebrate our differences.  We appreciate the people, foods, and music. We recognize the contribution to mathematics, architecture, and the rich traditions of the Hispanic cultures that helped shape our communities.

If you are in the Madison area, take an opportunity to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month through education, entertainment and cuisine at Joint Force Headquarters on Thursday (Sept. 22) from 10-11:30 a.m.  Call (608) 245-4552 for more information on the celebration.