National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and recognizes the vital contributions and rich culture of Hispanic Americans.

In line with this year’s theme, “Unidos — Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation,” Team Wright-Patt is celebrating Hispanic American personnel who display strength through support.

Meet Senior Airman Hilda Taleno, a financial operation technician with the 88th Comptroller Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She specializes in deployment entitlements and vouchers, providing support for 88th Air Base Wing’s active duty and 445th Airlift Wing’s reserve and guard members.

Being of Honduran and Nicaraguan decent, Taleno shares what the theme means to her.

“It shows how much the Air Force has advanced in its inclusion of all Airmen,” she said. “It gives us the chance to learn about all kinds of cultures and traditions which in turns helps us understand and love our wingmen even more.”

Hispanic Americans have made several contributions to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. One individual that Taleno admires is former professional baseball player, Roberto Clemente.

“He was not only a good player, but a good Samaritan,” she said.

Clemente made his major league debut April 1, 1955 and spent his entire career with he Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1966 he was named the National League Most Valuable Player. Five years later, Clemente became the first Hispanic to win a World Series as a starting player. Following his untimely death, Clemente was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.