Our Military Leaders Should Mirror the Face of America

Our Military Leaders Should Mirror the Face of America

Reflecting the enlisted troops they lead and the public they protect.

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The Current Situation

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Biden nominates former California congressman to take over Pentagon’s personnel office

Biden nominates former California congressman to take over Pentagon’s personnel office

Military Times

Former Congressman Gil Cisneros has been tapped by President Joe Biden to lead the Pentagon’s Personnel and Readiness office, the latest in a series of leadership moves for the Department of Defense.

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Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance Urges the Air Force to Review the Racial Disparity of Hispanics in the Service

Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance Urges the Air Force to Review the Racial Disparity of Hispanics in the Service

The HVLA recommends that the review be modeled after the Air Force’s recently released Independent Racial Disparity Review (IRDR), which focused primarily on black service members.

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Air Force's Inspector General releases Report of Inquiry, Independent Racial Disparity Review

Air Force's Inspector General releases Report of Inquiry, Independent Racial Disparity Review

The Inspector General - Department of the Air Force

Assesses racial disparity in military discipline processes and personnel development and career opportunity as they pertain to black Airmen and Space Professionals.

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Leader's Corner

Into The Light

Into The Light

A poem by Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin

“I wrote 'Into the Light' as a way to both educate and to help people understand how deeply Military Sexual Trauma (MST) affects those of us who experience it while serving. For me as a Latina, Vanessa Guillén’s murder in April 2020 was the catalyst for repressed memories of MST and catapulted me on a journey of healing and action. The poem was first shared publicly on the one year anniversary of Vanessa’s murder. It is important that we never forget. I hope my poem provides some insight in order to affect much needed change within the military. The public should clearly understand the complex issues surrounding MST so that they can advocate for true transformational change. A year since Vanessa was murdered and we are still awaiting that level of change.” – Colonel Carrington Firmin

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Mentoring by Rear Admiral Will Rodriguez

Mentoring by Rear Admiral Will Rodriguez

As I climbed my career ladder to Flag Rank, I began to realize the importance of mentoring and how mentoring helped me climb that ladder. A mentor is someone who is not necessarily older, but someone who is wiser and more experienced in your field of endeavor.

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Inspiration by Colonel James Saenz

Inspiration by Colonel James Saenz

In times of crisis, we often look to leaders, role models, and heroes for inspiration. The continuing absence of appropriate Hispanic representation at senior levels within the U.S. military is indeed a crisis.

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Profiles in Courage

Roy P. Benavidez

Roy P. Benavidez

Master Sergeant.
Detachment B-56, 5th Special Forces Group, Republic of Vietnam

Roy P. Benavidez (born August 5, 1935) distinguished himself by a series of daring and extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic of Vietnam. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect the utmost credit on him and the United States Army

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The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest and most-prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor.

Hispanic Medal of Honor Recipients

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Jose Rodela

Jose Rodela

Sergeant First Class

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