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Whiteman celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Lopez, left, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-2 communication/navigation specialist, and Staff Sgt. Yecenia Caban Jimenez, right, 509th Communications Squadron client systems supervisor, prepare lunch for the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Members of Team Whiteman had the opportunity to sample Hispanic cuisine, which included a Cuban dish called “Ropa Vieja,” fajitas and Spanish desserts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Lopez, left, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-2 communication/navigation specialist, and Staff Sgt. Yecenia Caban Jimenez, right, 509th Communications Squadron client systems supervisor, prepare lunch for the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Members of Team Whiteman had the opportunity to sample Hispanic cuisine, which included a Cuban dish called “Ropa Vieja,” fajitas and Spanish desserts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Members of Team Whiteman serve Latin cuisine at the buffet line, during the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon, Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Following the food tasting, guest speakers shared insight into their culture and stories of how they’ve paved the road for the local Hispanic community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Members of Team Whiteman serve Latin cuisine at the buffet line, during the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon, Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Following the food tasting, guest speakers shared insight into their culture and stories of how they’ve paved the road for the local Hispanic community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Paul Rojas, Guadalupe Center Inc. board president, passes through the buffet line during the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Rojas was one of two guest speakers for the event, and had the opportunity to speak on Hispanic culture, people and their impact on American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Paul Rojas, Guadalupe Center Inc. board president, passes through the buffet line during the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Rojas was one of two guest speakers for the event, and had the opportunity to speak on Hispanic culture, people and their impact on American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Gilbert Guerrero, Guadalupe Center Inc. vice president of youth development and supplemental education, speaks with members of Team Whiteman during the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Guerrero spoke about how his organization provides services to Latino immigrants and the importance of investing time in developing schools for youth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Gilbert Guerrero, Guadalupe Center Inc. vice president of youth development and supplemental education, speaks with members of Team Whiteman during the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Guerrero spoke about how his organization provides services to Latino immigrants and the importance of investing time in developing schools for youth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Paul Rojas, Guadalupe Center Inc. board president, speaks to members of Team Whiteman during the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Rojas shared stories of his service in the Navy, how he fought for civil rights in Missouri and the importance of making a better future for Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Paul Rojas, Guadalupe Center Inc. board president, speaks to members of Team Whiteman during the Hispanic American Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Rojas shared stories of his service in the Navy, how he fought for civil rights in Missouri and the importance of making a better future for Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Gilbert Guerrero, second from left, Guadalupe Center Inc. vice president of youth development and supplemental education, and Paul Rojas, Guadalupe Center Inc. board president, stand with Master Sgt. Gerardo Valdez, Jr., left, 509th Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel systems section chief, and Senior Master Sgt. Neftali Nieves, right, 509th Bomb Wing command post superintendent, after being presented with a token of appreciation Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The closing ceremony for the Hispanic American Heritage Month also featured a “Latin night” with authentic Latin music and dancing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)

Gilbert Guerrero, second from left, Guadalupe Center Inc. vice president of youth development and supplemental education, and Paul Rojas, Guadalupe Center Inc. board president, stand with Master Sgt. Gerardo Valdez, Jr., left, 509th Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel systems section chief, and Senior Master Sgt. Neftali Nieves, right, 509th Bomb Wing command post superintendent, after being presented with a token of appreciation Oct. 16, 2015, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The closing ceremony for the Hispanic American Heritage Month also featured a “Latin night” with authentic Latin music and dancing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith/Released)