16th National LATINA Symposium

2019 Awardees

Capt. Amaparo E. Romero-Ortiz, Air Force
Martha Flores, Air Force
MSgt. Brenda Rodriguez, Air Force
CW4 Sherry Coffey, Army
Mrs. Else Gudiel, Army
1LT Mairim M. Cosme, Army National Guard
CDR Blanca Rosas, Coast Guard
Ms. Xiomara Torres, Coast Guard
First Class Cadet Christina M. Gonzales, Coast Guard Academy
GySgt. Marisol Horta, Marine Corps
LCDR Maggie V. Cole, Navy
Lt. Melissa Ann Rodriguez, Navy
Ms. Sara Salas, Navy

The 16th Annual National LATINA Symposium took place on September 5th, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The only national conference focused on the achievements of Latinas in the Armed Services bringing together some of the most accomplished Latina and women leaders in our country. The highlight of the conference was the Awards Luncheon, where we presented the Distinguished Military Service Awards, recognizing leadership, accomplishment, and commitment of our Latinas in the armed services. This year we were proud to also recognize the Corporate Veteran ERG of the Year and the Veteran of the Year. We were honored to have the opportunity to profile and highlight to our younger audience and country the role models who are most needed in our communities. The unique workshops featured some of the most prominent Latina and military leaders in our nation. The Distinguished Military Service Awards recognized 12 women in the military, civilian workforce from the Department of Defense, and one outstanding cadet from each of the military academies, who through their exemplary service have made our country safer and have enhanced the role of Latinas in their respective organizations.