General Ricardo Sanchez Named ‘Hispanic
Of The Year'
||Born of Mexican parents in the town
of Rio Grande in south Texas, Lt. General Ricardo
Sanchez's life was shaped by the American dream.
As described by Hispanic, he overcame poverty and
was raised in an economically challenged environment,
nevertheless, he rose to the top in his career
by educating himself and earning the respect of
his peers. He credits his 77-year-old mother with
instilling these values in him. As told to Hispanic,
the mild-mannered general believes these are also
the values that the Hispanic community embraces—patriotism,
service to country, and being very loyal to your
family. "When I became a soldier the ethics and
the value system of the military profession fit
almost perfectly with my own heritage. It made
it very easy for me to adapt to the military value
system," Sanchez told the magazine.
Sanchez enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training
Corps (ROTC) in high school and won an ROTC scholarship
to enroll in Texas A&I University where he studied
mathematics. In 1973, he was commissioned second
lieutenant. From there, he joined the Army's elite
82nd Airborne Division, and excelled at his tasks.
He was steadily promoted and earned a master's degree
in operations research and systems analysis engineering
from the Naval Postgraduate School.
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