Friday, October 1, 2021
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrates the contributions, heritage, and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. We honor and celebrate the contributions of Hispanics in our Flight Attendant workforce and aviation in our country and the world.
Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15th to October 15th and goes back to 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill designating the week of September 15th as “National Hispanic Heritage Week.” Twenty years later, in 1988, Hispanic Heritage Week was lengthened to an entire month under President Ronald Reagan.
Did you know Olga Custodio became the first Latina US military pilot? She served in the United States Air Force (USAF) for 24 years. While in the USAF Reserves, she was hired to fly for American Airlines, making her one of the first Latina commercial pilots.
Of her career, Custodio said, “My mantra is ‘Querer es poder.’ I believe everyone has the potential to do it. They just have to believe in themselves enough to actually do it.”
Olga E. Custodio
We celebrate the diverse and vibrant Hispanic and Latino heritage and culture, and we thank you for all you do.
Teddy, Chaddrian, Rhonda and Charlotte
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Chairperson and Co-Chairs