To the Soldiers, families, and community of III Corps and Fort Hood,

Each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, our country celebrates and reflects on the tremendous impact of Hispanic Americans throughout our history. Since our nation’s inception, Hispanic Americans have served in the U.S. Army with great honor, dedication, and distinction. This month, we dedicate time to recognize their contributions to our society, as well as the unique heritage that makes our Army a more cohesive team.

This year during National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are proud to honor the historic accomplishments of our Hispanic Soldiers, and how their actions paved the way for the future generations of excellence in service. Currently, 46 Hispanic Americans have earned the Medal of Honor, our country’s highest and most-prestigious military award. Our first Phantom Warrior to receive this distinction was Pvt. Pedro Cano from Edinburg. Pvt. Cano was born in La Morita, Mexico, in 1920 and volunteered to serve in the Army during World War II. During his time in the 4th Infantry Division, Pvt. Cano engaged in valorous actions in Germany, putting himself at significant risk to save his fellow Soldiers. His actions serve as a constant reminder of why our Army continues to build inclusive communities that welcome diversity as our strength. Pvt. Cano is just one of many representatives of the proud Hispanic legacy championed here at Fort Hood and throughout our Army.

Across our formations, it is apparent how Hispanic American Soldiers, Army civilians, and their families continue to leave a legacy of selfless service, courage, and professionalism. Their positive influence will continue to inspire future generations of Hispanic Soldiers who play an important part in defending of our nation. America’s Army and III Corps remains dedicated to strengthening our diverse force and ensuring equality for all its service members and their families.