From the NFRW Armed Services Committee
During 2022’s celebration of Hispanic American Heritage Month, the Department of Defense made the announcement that Fort Hood, Texas, will be renamed Fort Cavazos, honoring the first four-star Hispanic general.
General Cavazos was the Commanding General of III Corps at Fort Hood from 1980-1982. General Cavazos served in the Korean War as a Lieutenant, distinguishing himself for extraordinary bravery; he was recognized first with a Silver Star and later with the Distinguished Service Cross. In Vietnam as a Lieutenant Colonel, General Cavazos again was recognized for his bravery and recognized with another Distinguished Service Cross and another Silver Star. This name change is a result of the current administration’s decision to rename all installations that are currently named for former Confederate States of America generals. The transition is to be completed by January 1, 2024.
So why is Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated from September 15 through October 15? It is because the independence of Hispanic countries throughout the Americas primarily occurred during that timeframe. During this month, we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Hispanic Americans have served with honor from the Revolutionary War through the present, with more than 40 having been presented the Medal of Honor for their bravery and valor.