Marine Corps Recruiting Command helps to celebrate diversity
By Sgt. Brian J. Griffin
| Marine Corps Recruiting Command | April 27, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. --
Several of the Corps senior officers gathered with national and international leaders of the Hispanic community at the Library of Congress April 27, for a reception celebrating the release of the 2006 Hispanic Yearbook.
This year the Hispanic Yearbook, published by TIYM Publishing Company, Inc., celebrated a 20-year milestone of providing an annual resource and referral guide for and about Hispanic Americans. The 400-page book includes information about prominent Hispanic individuals, organizations, businesses and media outlets, along with population statistics and resource Web sites. Another feature of the publication is a five-page layout that provides condensed information about the culture of the Marine Corps and highlights some of the past and present Hispanic Americans serving our nation.
This reception also marked the 11th year the Marine Corps has advertised in the publication, which is distributed nationally to high schools, colleges, libraries, federal and state organizations, and many private sector minority businesses and employment contacts.
The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Magnus, was the keynote speaker for the evening’s event and he reflected on the rich heritage that the Marine Corps and the Hispanic community have shared for more than 200 years.
“The Marine Corps traditions of honor, courage and commitment are the same values of the Hispanic community--your heritage and pride--they are the foundations we use to build the young men and women who make up the wonderful combat team you know as the Marine Corps,” Magnus said.
Magnus, whose wife Rose is of Hispanic descent, went on to say what a privilege it is to be involved with the Hispanic Yearbook and to know there are selfless individuals serving in today’s military.
“It is because of that heritage that we are able to continue to recruit young men and women of diverse backgrounds, especially the Hispanic community,” Magnus added.
The evening’s ceremonies opened with patriotic music performed by a brass quintet from the President’s Own United States Marine Band, followed by the presentation of colors by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command color guard and a soulful rendition of the National Anthem by Corporal Elizabeth Quinones, 6th Communications Battalion, New York.
The strategy of Marine Corps Recruiting Command in advertising with TIYM Publishing, Inc. is to continue to develop a very strong and positive image of the Marine Corps. TYIM assists in enhancing diversity-recruiting efforts by creating awareness in the minority communities where influential members speak highly of the Marine Corps as a positive career consideration. Efforts are focused on recruitment and increasing total awareness of opportunities for service in a diverse Marine Corps both in the officer and enlisted fields, according to Eric Lindsay, diversity recruitment director.
One of the messages the Marine Corps is trying to convey is education and one of the Marine Corps proponents of continuing education is Colonel. Angie Salinas, the highest-ranking Hispanic female in the Marine Corps. She has been selected to the rank of brigadier general and will be the first Hispanic female to hold that rank.
“To find true potential, one must continue to cultivate the mind,” Salinas said. “The Marine Corps helps to do that by instilling self-discipline, and providing the opportunity and financial means to continue formal education.”
Salinas believes that the Marine Corps offers a viable opportunity for higher education through programs such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Marine Corps’ Tuition Assistance Program.
During the evening’s closing remarks, Gen. Magnus reaffirmed the important relationship between the Marine Corps and the Hispanic Community, who have more than 30,000 brothers and sisters serving in today’s Marine Corps.
TIYM’s editor, Angela Zavala, expressed her appreciation to everyone who helped make the Yearbook a success. She said she loves the relationships which have stemmed from this project and that the support she receives from the Marine Corps has helped with the success of the publication and thanked Major General Walter E. Gaskin, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, for all of the support given to her and TIYM.
For more information on how to obtain a copy of the 2006 Hispanic Yearbook (Anuario Hispano), visit www.HispanicYearbook.com or contact TIYM Publishing at (703) 734-1632.