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Lt. 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.

Click on the following link to read more at the Hispanic Online Magazine Website.

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