USS BOXER , At Sea - Amphibious Squadron One's (CPR-1) diversity team presented a Hispanic Heritage month celebration aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), highlighting the contributions of Hispanics throughout the world and the Navy, Oct. 12.
The capstone event highlighted Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 each year. The goal is to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
"I really like these events, and when we do them we all end the experience knowing more about our shipmates." said Cmdr. Michael Boucher, deputy commander, CPR-1. "The beauty of these is they reflect the diversity team's creativity, and you get a sense of the passion and pride they take sharing their heritage."
Presenters highlighted the progress of not only the Hispanic heritage throughout the military but also the impact of diversity in the Navy.
"An interesting thing about the military is the very diverse people that we have in it," said CPR-1's Senior Enlisted Leader, Master Chief Machinist's Mate (SW/AW) Shane Lazio. "We integrate from all over the country and we all come together as one big melting pot."
Diversity team members shared information emphasizing the influences of Hispanics present in today's media, music industry and the Navy.
Diversity coordinator, Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Jason T. Medaris said each member of the CPR-1 diversity team put together their own piece of the presentation.
"Everyone played a vital role in the event. They were able to bring what they wanted to the table and show everyone what enlightens and inspires them," said Medaris.
CPR-1 diversity team members ended the celebration with the movie, "Stand and Deliver."
The diversity team plans to hold other diversity events to celebrate unique and interesting aspects of world cultures and traditions.
Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.