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Team Buckley kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

Col. Darren Buck, 460th Space Wing individual mobilization augmentee to the commander, speaks during the Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff that featured local guest speakers, dancing, music and food Sept. 15, 2014, at the Leadership Development Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The month-long commemoration runs through Oct. 15, and will include different activities that honor Hispanic Americans who have positively enriched and influenced the nation. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Col. Darren Buck, 460th Space Wing individual mobilization augmentee to the commander, speaks during the Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff that featured local guest speakers, dancing, music and food Sept. 15, 2014, at the Leadership Development Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The month-long commemoration runs through Oct. 15, and will include different activities that honor Hispanic Americans who have positively enriched and influenced the nation. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Team Buckley members enjoy food during the Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff that featured local guest speakers, dancing, music and food Sept. 15, 2014, at the Leadership Development Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The month-long commemoration runs through Oct. 15, and will include different activities that honor Hispanic Americans who have positively enriched and influenced the nation. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Team Buckley members enjoy food during the Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff that featured local guest speakers, dancing, music and food Sept. 15, 2014, at the Leadership Development Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The month-long commemoration runs through Oct. 15, and will include different activities that honor Hispanic Americans who have positively enriched and influenced the nation. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Buckley launched its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 at the Leadership Development Center with local guest speakers, dancing, music and food.

The month-long commemoration, sponsored by the Buckley Hispanic Heritage Council, runs through Oct. 15 and will include different activities that honor Hispanic Americans who have positively enriched and influenced the nation.

Col. Darren Buck, 460th Space Wing individual mobilization augmentee to the commander, presided over the event while Master Sgt. Katie Neeley, 460th Space Wing inspector general deputy, and Senior Airman Jose Sanchez, 460th Space Wing judge advocate general law paralegal, emceed the kick off.

Tech. Sgt. Cathy Lashley, 460th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge administration aerospace flight, and Airman 1st Class Jose Hernandez, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician, were the guest speakers for the event.

Lashley said she is proud of family, traditions and the military that have been part of her Hispanic and American history.

"My strong Hispanic background and family ties didn't just show me how to celebrate life, but to have friends and neighbors become an extended part of my life," she said. "This, in turn, made joining the military easier for me because it became another larger community with rich traditions."

Hernandez said his Hispanic heritage helps him improve himself, get a better education and give back to the country that has helped his family so much.

"My Hispanic upbringing taught me the value of having loved ones close to you to help out in any event, be it happy or sad. Everyone's there for you in one way or another," he said. "I learned the meaning of working hard to give my children a better life than what I had - making sure they never go hungry, always having warm clothes and shoes, and putting a roof over their heads."

Team Buckley is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and will host the following events this month:

Sept. 26: The Buckley World Cup, a 3-on-3 indoor soccer tournament, is scheduled. A total of 16 teams are needed with three to five members on each team. Each team will represent one of the 22 Hispanic countries. To sign up, call 720-847-5808 by Sept. 22.

Oct. 10: A family night will be held at the Panther Den with a movie, arts, crafts and food provided at a reduced cost.

For more information on the month's events, call 720-847-9384.
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