Robins embraces heritage, diversity with celebrations Published Sept. 9, 2016 By Angela Woolen and Holly Logan-Arrington Robins Public Affairs ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Robins is always looking for ways to celebrate and embrace diversity, and this month two special observances will allow the base community to do just that. Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off Thursday and runs through Oct. 15. Hispanic artifacts will be on display outside the Base Exchange Thursday to kick off the cultural observance. The Hispanic Heritage subcommittee will also be providing brief Hispanic culture presentations at several Houston County Schools throughout the month. The group will end the observance by hosting a Hispanic food tasting and Cultural Picnic on base at Gator Park Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ed Armijo, Robins Hispanic Heritage Observance chairman, said the month is dedicated to celebrating people of Spanish, Hispanic or Latino origin and recognizing their contributions to the community. “It will be an opportunity for sharing and learning more about each other and our diverse workplace,” he said. For more information, contact Marisol Soto at 478-926-5331 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. While Hispanic Heritage is one of several observance months recognized here, numerous other observances are held throughout the year – one of which is Robins Air Force Base Diversity Month. “One of the things the diversity council encourages is to learn more about other cultures and their contributions to society and the U.S. Air Force,” said Armijo who is also the diversity council vice president. The diversity council is made up of military and civilian members at Robins. Open to everyone on base, the diversity luncheon will be held Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Heritage Club. Cost is $13 for a sandwich, side and beverage. Cash and checks are accepted. The keynote speaker for the event will be Georgia House of Representatives Rep. Shaw Blackmon. For more information or for tickets, contact Armijo at 478-222-3785. “What we’re looking for is to learn to embrace each other. We see each other as one family for Robins Air Force Base, working together for a stronger workforce,” Armijo said.