WIESBADEN, Germany – November is Native American Heritage Month, which supplies a chance for members of the navy group to acknowledge and specific their appreciation for the sacrifices made by Native Americans, veterans, civilians and members of the family.
This 12 months’s annual walkthrough occurred on November 18th on the Stronger Together Café at Clay Kaserne.
In celebrating Native American Heritage Month, the Army not solely acknowledges the significance of particular person contributions, but additionally the worth of a various and inclusive surroundings.
Embracing and celebrating range makes the U.S. Army stronger and ensures each member of the power is given the chance to succeed in their full potential.
“The historical contributions of Native Americans have been very far-reaching,” stated US Army Garrison Wiesbaden Commander Col. David Mayfield.
The historical past of the Army can’t be instructed with out reflecting on the exceptional contributions made by Native Americans, who’ve a protracted historical past of service with distinction.
Throughout the historical past of the United States Army, Native Americans and Alaska Natives have left a legacy of dedication, braveness and selfless service.
The relationship was not all the time pleasant and productive, Native Americans have been typically the topic of unjust and inhumane remedy within the early historical past of our nation and the US Army.
Despite this, Native Americans have a proud and storied historical past of defending the United States.
When threatened, Native Americans have lengthy answered the decision to defend this nation in opposition to a typical enemy. From service as a tracker and scout within the fledgling Continental Army via the Civil War, World War I and II, the Korean and Vietnam War to the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The use of Native American code talkers in World War II was crucial to success within the Pacific. Without the service of Navajo Code Talkers, the struggle within the Pacific may need lasted longer or ended otherwise.
Today, greater than 9,000 Native Americans representing 574 acknowledged tribes serve all through the Army. In addition, American Indians and Alaska Natives comprise greater than 150,000 veterans.
The reminiscence of those nice warriors – previous and current – who’ve served and proceed to serve creates a permanent legacy that evokes and burns as a path for generations to return.
Trailblazers like Col. Nicole Aunapu Mann and Staff Sgt. Konrad Begaye.
Col. Mann, who served as a US Marine Corps F/A-18 take a look at pilot, is a member of the Wailacki tribe of the Round Valley Indian tribes of Northern California and has flown in help of fight operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mann is the primary lady of Native American descent to fly to the International Space Station as a NASA crew member.
US Army Staff Sgt. Conrad Begaye, an infantryman with the seventy fifth Ranger Regiment and a member of the Navajo Nation, was awarded the Silver Star for his actions when his unit was ambushed by enemy forces in November 2007 in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan grew to become.
Guest speaker Stanton Falling, a member of the Cherokee Nation, grew up on the Navajo Reservation. While rising up on the reservation, he developed a ardour for learning music, which grew right into a profession as a bugle participant.
Falling’s profession spanned virtually three many years earlier than he left the Hessian State Theater Orchestra in Wiesbaden in 2022.
Native Americans have gone from “(…) defending their land from the US Army to defending their land with the US Army,” Falling stated.
“Since the September 11 assaults, practically 19 % of all Native Americans have served within the armed forces. If you have been to go to one of many many Native American reservations, you’d discover a outstanding memorial to their tribal veterans,” Falling added.
“They (Native Americans) are proud of their tradition of serving the land.”
This custom continues to at the present time.