“Gold Eagle” Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Story Number: NNS051016-03Release Date: 10/16/2005 10:06:00 AM
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By Journalist 3rd Class (SW) Devin Dorney, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

USS CARL VINSON (NNS) -- The crew of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 11.

The event featured remarks by Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Kevin Donegan and Command Equal Opportunity Advisor Chief Fire Controlman (SW/AW) Chester Williams, and a buffet of traditional Hispanic foods, such as Frijoles Charros, Empanadas and more.

"Our Navy is all about diversity," said Donegan. "We are a snapshot of our country, and we don't hold a barrier to anyone because of where they are from, who they are, what color, race, or religion they are. The Navy is an opportunity to break barriers."

According to Legalman 1st Class Anthony Hernandez, the Sailor in charge of organizing food for the event, preparations took 15 Sailors about a week.

"I really like the fact that we have introduced so many people to such a variety of traditional foods and a little bit of our culture," he said. "That is kind of cool."

Not only was the event well received, it was also used by some to refresh their own sense of heritage.

"I'm trying to get back in touch with my heritage," said Machinist's Mate 1st Class (SW) Charles Melendrez. "I grew up in Alaska, so I didn't really spend much time with any focus on my traditional heritage. This is an opportunity for me to see who else is in my shoes and help myself achieve that goal."

For related news, visit the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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