President Domingo Garcia Presents Cowboys Game Ball to Army Service Members
Posted on 10/23/2022 @ 07:00 AM
Today, President Domingo Garcia dedicated the game ball at the Dallas Cowboys football game to our servicemembers currently stationed at Fort Hood, soon to be named Fort Cavazos.
After a long and hard-fought campaign, we have successfully managed to get the name of Fort Hood changed.
The military base, which is located in Texas, was named after a Confederate general who fought against the Union army during the Civil War. This, understandably, is offensive to many people, especially those of Latin American descent.
LULAC has been campaigning for this name change for years. This is a huge victory, not just for our organization, but for all of our communities.
This just goes to show that when we come together and fight for what’s right, we can achieve anything.
Fort Hood set to be renamed after Richard Cavazos, Texas’ first Hispanic four-star general
The U.S. Army announced on October 7th that Fort Hood, one of the nation’s largest military installations, will be renamed after Richard Cavazos, the first Hispanic four-star general in the Army’s history.
The announcement came during a ceremony at the fort, which is located in central Texas, in which Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley bestowed the honor on Cavazos.
“It is only fitting that we rename Fort Hood, one of our largest and most historic installations, after General Cavazos, whose life and career embody the very best of what it means to be an American and a soldier,” Esper said in a statement.
“Not only did he blaze a trail as our Army’s first Hispanic four-star general, he also served with distinction in some of our nation’s most important military campaigns, from Vietnam to the Gulf War. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor, and I am proud to stand here today to recognize his incredible legacy.”
Cavazos was born in Kingsville, Texas, in 1934, the son of a Mexican immigrant who worked as a ranch hand. He joined the Army in 1956, and rose through the ranks over the next four decades, serving in a variety of command and staff positions, including as the commander of Fort Hood from 1988 to 1991.
He retired from the Army in 1991, but continued to serve his country in a variety of ways, including as a member of the Defense Policy Board and the National Security Education Board.