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  • 108th Medical Group officer observes Hispanic Heritage Month

    During Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the Department of Defense highlights several service members and focuses on the contributions and accomplishments of those with Hispanic and Latin-American heritage who have committed to their service to the defense of the nation and community. As of Oct. 31, 2020, according to the Air Force Personnel Center, only 15.6% of the Air Force identifies as Hispanic or Latino. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Daisy Ortiz, a health service administrator assigned to the 108th Medical Group, counts herself amongst that number. Ortiz is a first generation Colombian American who grew up in New Jersey. Her father came to the United States at the age of 17 and married her mother, who was still in Colombia, shortly after. After a long process of immigration and legal paperwork, Ortiz’s mother was allowed to live in the U.S. and both of her parents eventually became U.S. citizens.
  • Walking a blazed trail

    As America honor those African Americans who became the first to breakdown major barriers in diversity, Air National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Rose Anna Beljour-Sommer’s story is a reminder to also celebrate those who currently strive to make their own path.“I am the first Beljour to have ever stepped foot on to Lackland Air Force Base,” Beljour-Sommer