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Since 2004 the National LATINA Symposium is a one-day event that takes place on September in Washington, DC. Latinas from coast to coast convene to address the most pressing issue affecting their daily lives. The highlight of the National LATINA Symposium is the Distinguished Military Service Awards Luncheon honoring Latinas serving in the Armed Forces.
Secretary Of The Navy
The Honorable Carlos Del Toro was sworn in as the 78th Secretary of the Navy August 9, 2021. As Secretary, he is responsible for over 900,000 Sailors, Marines, reservists, and civilian personnel and an annual budget exceeding $210 Billion. His priorities include securing the training and equipment successful naval operations demand and addressing the most pressing challenges confronting the US Navy and Marine Corps – China’s naval ambitions, climate instability, Covid’s ongoing impact, and strengthening a naval culture of inclusiveness and respect.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Del Toro immigrated to the U.S. with his family as refugees in 1962. Raised in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, he attended public schools and received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Secretary Del Toro was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer upon his graduation in 1983.
His 22-year naval career included a series of critical appointments and numerous tours of duty at sea – including First Commanding Officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84); Senior Executive Assistant to the Director for Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Special Assistant to the Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget – where he helped manage the budgets of DOD, the U.S. Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Peace Corps.
After retiring at the rank of Commander, Secretary Del Toro founded SBG Technology Solutions, Inc. in 2004. As its CEO and President, he supported defense programs across a host of immediate and long-term Department of Navy issue areas, including shipbuilding, AI, cybersecurity, acquisition programs, space systems, health, and training.
He holds a Masters in National Security Studies from the Naval War College, a Masters in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Masters in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.
Secretary Del Toro and his wife have four children and a granddaughter.
Under Secretary of the Army
The Honorable Gabe Camarillo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 2, 2022 and sworn in as the 35th Under Secretary of the Army on February 8, 2022. As the Under Secretary of the Army, he is the Secretary of the Army’s senior civilian assistant and principal adviser on matters related to the management and operation of the Army. He is also the Chief Management Officer of the Army.
Mr. Camarillo’s prior career includes significant experience in law, government, national security and private industry. Mr. Camarillo previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) where he was responsible for military and civilian personnel and reserve component matters for the Air Force. He previously also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology), helping to lead and supervise Army modernization programs, procurement, logistics and R&D investment.
His private sector experience includes legal practice at several law firms with emphasis in the areas of commercial litigation, campaign finance law and government ethics. Mr. Camarillo also taught campaign finance law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Recently, Mr. Camarillo served as Senior Vice President at SAIC, where he led two business units for an engineering and IT services company.
Mr. Camarillo received a Bachelor of Arts in Government at Georgetown University and a law degree from Stanford University. He has two children, Ethan and Natalie, in Virginia.
Under Secretary, Air Force
Ms. Gina Ortiz Jones is the Under Secretary of the Air Force. She is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, to include organizing, training, and equipping Air and Space Forces and for the welfare of approximately 700,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and Guardians and their families serving around the world. As the Under Secretary, she oversees the Department’s annual budget of more than $173 billion and directs strategy and policy development, risk management, weapons acquisition, technology investments and human resource management across a global enterprise.
Ms. Jones has spent her career working to protect U.S. economic and national security. Commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Boston University, Ms. Jones served as an Air Force intelligence officer and deployed to Iraq with the 18th Air Support Operations Group supporting close air support operations.
Upon separation from the Air Force, she advised on military operations in Central and South America with the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade and U.S. Army South. She joined the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as an inaugural member of U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and served in the Libya Crisis Intelligence Cell.
Following an assignment as Special Advisor to the DIA Deputy Director, Ms. Jones was detailed to the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center to serve as the Intelligence Community's Senior Advisor for trade enforcement. She later joined the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as a Director for Investment, leading the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) portfolio.
EDUCATION 2003 Bachelor of Arts, East Asian Studies, Boston University, Boston, Mass.
2003 Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Boston University, Boston, Mass.
2003 Master of Arts, Economics, Boston University, Boston, Mass.
2012 Master of Arts, Global and International Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
2013 Master of Military Art and Science, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY 1. 2003–2006, Intelligence Officer, U.S. Air Force
2. 2006–2008, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S. Army South, Joint Base San Antonio/Fort Sam Houston, Texas
3. 2008–2011, Chief, Horn of Africa and South Team, Special Analysis Branch, U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany
4. 2013–2014, Senior Strategic Planner, Defense Intelligence Agency, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
5. 2014–2015, Special Advisor to the Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
6. 2016–2016, Senior Advisor, Interagency Trade Enforcement Center, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, D.C.
7. 2016–2017, Director of Investment, Office of Services and Investment, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, D.C.
8. 2021–present, Under Secretary of the Air Force, Department of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
(Current as of August 2021)
Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
Admiral Linda L. Fagan assumed the duties as the 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on June 1st, 2022. As Commandant, she oversees all global Coast Guard operations and 42,000 active-duty, 7,000 reserve, and 8,700 civilian personnel, as well as the support of 21,000 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers.
She previously served as the 32nd Vice Commandant. Prior flag assignments include Commander, Pacific Area, and Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force West; Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy, and Capability; Commander, First Coast Guard District; and a joint assignment as Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters, United States Northern Command.
Admiral Fagan has served on all seven continents, from the snows of Ross Island, Antarctica to the heart of Africa, from Tokyo to Geneva, and in many ports along the way. Operational tours include Commander, Sector New York, more than 15 years as a Marine Inspector, and sea duty in USCGC POLAR STAR, a 399 ft heavy polar icebreaker. Staff assignments include Executive Assistant to the Commandant and Vice Commandant, and Division Chief of the Foreign and Offshore Compliance Office.
Possessing extensive interagency as well as intergovernmental experience, Admiral Fagan has worked with both the International Maritime Organization and International Labor Organization on flag state and port state issues. This work includes the development of the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS), and the Consolidated Maritime Labor Convention.
Admiral Fagan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science in Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington, and a Master in National Resource Strategy degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She has earned numerous personal and team awards during her 37 years of Coast Guard service. Admiral Fagan is the longest serving active duty Marine Safety Officer and holds the distinction of being the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident.
Senior Master Sergeant Christian Johnson serves as the Superintendent to the Chief of Staff of Air Force (CSAF), the Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. As the Superintendent, Sergeant Johnson leads a team of 25 members on the CSAF personal staff and serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader for 11 enlisted members across six Air Force Specialty Codes. She plans, directs, organizes and manages all administrative functions for the Office of the CSAF. She articulates Chief of Staff of the Air Force priorities and decisions critical in execution of all Air Force strategic activities supporting Department of Defense (DoD) and allies. Additionally, Sergeant Johnson also serves as engagements liaison; interfaces with senior civilian and military members of the Secretariat, Air Staff, Joint Staff, Major Commands, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress, and the White House on all administrative and official engagements items for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
Sergeant Johnson was born in Reynosa, Mexico and grew up in Brownsville, Texas prior to entering the Air Force in 2001. She has worked in multiple facets of her career field at the Squadron, Group, Air Operations Center, Numbered Air Force and Headquarters level. In 2015, she was Development Special Duty vectored to be a Military Training Instructor. She was also selected as the Section Chief of the Basic Military Training Reception Center, where she directed weekly BMT graduation operations and was responsible for receiving, processing and transporting 32,000 AF recruits annually. Throughout her career, she has participated in several exercises as well as deployments in direct support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Prior to her current assignment, Sergeant Johnson was the Superintendent of Executive Services for the Office of The Inspector General at the Pentagon.
2006 Airman Leadership School, Langley Air Force Base (AFB), Va.
2013 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, by distance learning
2014 Associate Degree, Information Resources Management, Community College of the Air Force
2015 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Kapaun Air Station, Germany
2016 Military Training Instructor School, Joint Base (JB) San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
2017 Associate Degree, Education and Training Management, Community College of the Air Force
2017 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course, by distance learning
2018 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, by distance learning
2021 Bachelor Degree, Management, American Military University
2022 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL
1. March 2002-October 2004, Information Manager, 1st Mission Support Squadron, Langley AFB, Va. (June-September 2004, Third Country National Escort, 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Tallil, AB, Iraq)
2. October 2004-October 2006, Network Support Administrator, 1st Communications Squadron, Langley AFB, Va. (January-May 2006, Help Desk Technician, 506th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, Kirkuk AB, Iraq)
3. October 2006-October 2007, Client Support Administrator, 621st Air Control Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
4. November 2007-May 2008, Knowledge Operations Manager, 325th Maintenance Group, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
5. May 2008-July 2010, Assistant Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Command Section, 325th Maintenance Group, Tyndall AFB, Fla. (January-May 2009, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Commander’s Support Staff, 380th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Al Dhafra, United Arab Emirates)
6. July 2010-September 2012, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Official Mail Center, 325th Communications Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla. (August 2011-February 2012, Executive Assistant to the Command Chief, 9th Air Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan)
7. September 2012-June 2014, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Administrative Knowledge Operations, 603d Air Operations Center, Ramstein AB, Germany
8. June 2014-October 2015, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Commander’s Executive Support Staff, Third Air Force, Ramstein AB, Germany
9. October 2015-May 2016, Student, 737th Training Support Squadron, Joint Base (JB) San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
10. May 2016-October 2017, Military Training Instructor, 324th Training Squadron, JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
11. October 2017-December 2018, Section Chief, Basic Military Training Reception Center, 737th Training Support Squadron, JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
12. December 2018-August 2020, Superintendent, Executive Services, Office of Legislative Liaison, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. September 2020-April 2021, Superintendent, Executive Services, Office of The Air Force Inspector General, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. May 2021-Present, Superintendent to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
2006 Military Citizenship Award, 1st Fighter
2010 Knowledge Operations Management Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 325th Fighter Wing
2010 LULAC Excellence in Military Service Award, 325th Fighter Wing
2013 Information Dominance Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 603d Air Operations Center
2017 Recruiter of the Year, Military Training Instructor Association
2019 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Legislative Liaison
2020 National Latina Style Meritorious Service Award
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION Airman First Class 19 September 2001
Senior Airman 19 January 2004
Staff Sergeant 1 October 2007
Technical Sergeant 1 February 2013
Master Sergeant 1 March 2017
Senior Master Sergeant 1 October 2021
Capt. Roy Love, USN (ret), was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the U.S. in 1983. In 1993, he graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College with a B.S. in Marine Transportation
He currently serves as President of the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO). ANSO conducts recruitment and outreach within America’s underserved communities, directly supports Hispanic/Latino(a) members in their decision to remain in their respective services and provides mentoring and professional development.
He attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, earning a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2008. He deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009 in support of the ARMY 304th Sustainment Brigade, managing and distributing fuel across all of Iraq to support U.S. and allied forces.
He Commanded the Fast Frigate USS BOONE in June 2010 and led the ship in winning the Battle Efficiency award. CAPT Love is the first Dominican and Afro Latino to command a U.S. Naval Warship.
He completed his tour on BOONE in December 2011 and assumed Command of Afloat Training Group Mayport in Jacksonville, in charge of training all Naval vessels in Southeast U.S.
He Commanded Naval Base San Diego (NBSD), the second-largest Naval Base in the U.S., and is the first Hispanic/Afro Latino to lead the installation. He led the base in winning the Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Award in 2019.
He is a certified Resilience Building Leadership Professional (RBLP) Trainer and an Authorized Training Partner, dedicated to helping organizations create senior leaders that can build resilient teams, facilitate team learning, and support organizational learning.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors, and as a role model, and mentor for Hispanics Inspiring Student Performance and Achievement (HISPA). He also serves on the Board of Directors for DoD Reads, and on the Board of Advisors for American Latino Veterans Association (ALVA).
Founder and CEO of The Road Eagle LLC, he is a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach and Motorcycle Safety Instructor and an Iron Butt Association (The World’s Toughest Motorcycle Riders) long-distance and endurance motorcyclist.
Founder and partner of Two Eagle’s Leadership LLC. A veteran-owned, minority-owned professional development and leadership growth consulting company.
A lifelong learner, he is currently a Doctorate student at the University of Southern Mississippi, pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Capital Development.
Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) Jose L. Montalvan, originally from Nicaragua, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1995 from his adopted home of Hialeah, FL. He graduated from the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training Program in 2000. Upon graduation, he was selected to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program. LtCol Montalvan attended Florida State University, as part of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Criminology. LtCol Montalvan was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2002.
As a company grade officer, LtCol Montalvan served as the Motor Transport and Assistant Logistics Officer for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He subsequently served as the Executive and Operations Officer for Recruiting Station Albuquerque, NM. His follow-on assignments included Assistant Logistics Officer for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit where he deployed in support of Western Pacific 11-2 and Support Branch Officer-In-Charge for I Special Operations Training Group; later renamed to I Expeditionary Operations Training Group.
As a field grade officer, LtCol Montalvan served as the Expeditionary Branch Officer-In-Charge at Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group. He then completed his Joint tour at Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, United States Strategic Command; where he served as an Integrated Missile Defense Watch Commander and later as the Global Ballistic Missile Defense Training, Education, and Exercise Director. Upon completion of his Jointed tour, LtCol Montalvan served as the 6th Marine Corps District Recruiting Operations Officer. Currently, LtCol Montalvan is a student at the National War College.
LtCol Montalvan is a graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare School and the Marine Corps Command and Staff Non- Resident program. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with a Gold Star in lieu of Second Award, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of Second Award, Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal with Gold star in lieu of Second Award, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Star, and Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with Bronze Star.
LtCol Montalvan resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his family.
Jeyben Castro serves as Deputy Director for the House Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the U.S. House of Representatives. Created by law during the 116th Congress, the office works to develop and promote best practices for diversity and inclusion in areas such as personnel recruitment, retention, promotion and performance reviews. Mr. Castro leads outreach and engagement strategies to Republican members, committees and other House offices.
Mr. Castro’s prior experience on the Hill includes serving as Outreach Director for the United States Senate Republican Task Force on Hispanic Affairs under Senator Orrin Hatch. In this capacity, he worked with Senate Republican offices to forge strategic alliances with community-based organizations and leaders across the country to address, educate and create solutions to issues impacting the Hispanic community.
In the private sector, Mr. Castro’s experience includes developing community based initiatives and strengthening Hispanic engagement as a Senior Community Engagement Manager for a public utilities company and promoting corporate citizenship as a Public Affairs Manager for a Fortune 500 company.
A strong believer in public service and civic engagement, Mr. Castro proudly served ten years in the U.S. Navy and in 2012 joined the Republican National Committee as one of six Hispanic Outreach Directors in charge of the Hispanic Vote for the Presidential election. In 2013, Mr. Castro joined the team at Leadership Institute (LI), one of the nation’s premier organizations responsible for training activists, students and leaders.
Mr. Castro was born in El Sauce, Nicaragua and migrated to Miami, Florida when he was ten years old. He serves as a board member of the American Latino Veterans Association ALVA, the Latino Student Fund and the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at George Washington University. He currently lives in Virginia and is a graduate of George Mason University.
*Special Recognition to the 2022 Corporate Veteran ERG’s
*Special Recognition to the 2022 Veteran of the Year
Focus:Successful Latinas in the Military will share lessons learned, experiences gained throughout the years and ways to overcome challenges. Learn from their guidance, advice and how your success and leadership can positively impact the community.
Focus: Rising to the top is a difficult balancing act. This panel will offer guidance and advice on leadership andselfdevelopment. Panelists will discuss what support systems help them continue their pursuit to success.
Focus: The integration of returning military into the civilian workplace is a major initiative for LATINA Style and its partners. The cultural gap that exists between military and corporate entities continues to be a major challenge to our veterans. Learn how Veteran mentorship, sponsorships and retention programs are essential for corporate success.
Focus: Working specifically with Transitioning Military, Reserves, Veterans and Military Spouses, Walmart provides you with the tools and support you need to take the next step in your journey. By assessing your individual needs and connecting you with the right partners, you'll be better positioned to reach your goals - whether that's starting a new career, acquiring new skills or even starting your own business.
Focus: LATINA Style presents a recognition program honoring the accomplishments of women serving in the Armed Forces. The awardees will be honored for their service to our country, leadership, accomplishments, and commitment to building a strong community.
Honorary Chair Remarks
Trailblazer Award Presentation
Mistress of Ceremony
U.S. Army Awards
U.S. National Guard Awards
U.S. Air Force Awards
U.S. Navy Awards
U.S. Marine Corps Awards
U.S. Coast Guard Awards
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