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Kirtland celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Dancers at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival perform a folkloric dance at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 each year to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country's history, heritage and culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Dancers at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival perform a folkloric dance at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 each year to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country's history, heritage and culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

People wait in line for food at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 each year to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country's history, heritage and culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

People wait in line for food at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 each year to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country's history, heritage and culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Members of the Kirtland Air Force Base Honor Guard present the colors at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. The festival featured live music, folkloric dance, food trucks, information booths, key note speakers and a car show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Members of the Kirtland Air Force Base Honor Guard present the colors at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. The festival featured live music, folkloric dance, food trucks, information booths, key note speakers and a car show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher King, 377th Air Base Wing vice commander, talks about the unique opportunities service members have to be stationed in Albuquerque at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. People belonging to the various units on base and mission partners of Kirtland AFB attended the festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher King, 377th Air Base Wing vice commander, talks about the unique opportunities service members have to be stationed in Albuquerque at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. People belonging to the various units on base and mission partners of Kirtland AFB attended the festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Renate Schuler, participant in the Hispanic Heritage Month festival car show, poses for a photo next to her car ‘Thunder’ at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. Schuler’s doll dressed in uniform represents her son who is currently serving in the U.S Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Renate Schuler, participant in the Hispanic Heritage Month festival car show, poses for a photo next to her car ‘Thunder’ at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. Schuler’s doll dressed in uniform represents her son who is currently serving in the U.S Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Dancers at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival perform a folkloric dance at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. People belonging to the various units on base and mission partners of Kirtland AFB attended the festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Dancers at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival perform a folkloric dance at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. People belonging to the various units on base and mission partners of Kirtland AFB attended the festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Performers at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival pose for a photo with service members from Team Kirtland at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. The festival featured live music, folkloric dance, food trucks, information booths, key note speakers and a car show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Performers at the Hispanic Heritage Month festival pose for a photo with service members from Team Kirtland at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3, 2019. The festival featured live music, folkloric dance, food trucks, information booths, key note speakers and a car show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations wrapped up at Hardin Field Oct. 3, 2019 at Kirtland Air Force Base.

The celebration featured live music, folkloric dance, food trucks, information booths, key note speakers and a car show.

For U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matilde Colomo, 377 Air Base Wing Law Office superintendent and Albuquerque, New Mexico native, celebrating Hispanic heritage is important because it takes him back to his roots.

“Being a Hispanic growing up in Albuquerque, being active duty and traveling the world, one thing that always draws me back is the culture and family,” said Colomo. “Especially with rich ties to the local community here, I believe that is extremely important.”

People belonging to the various units on base and mission partners of Kirtland AFB attended the festivities.

“Today’s event was an awesome turnout,” said Colomo. “A lot of people from the Air Force and the local community is what I enjoyed. Obviously the food was great. The music and the dancing was also awesome.”

Colomo chimed in on why it is important that service members stationed at Kirtland AFB celebrate Hispanic Heritage.  

“I heard Col. King Speak to that today,” said Colomo. “It is a unique opportunity to be stationed here in Albuquerque, because it is a unique culture. I’ve been all over the United States, overseas and all over the south west. In my opinion, nowhere compares to the unique culture that we have here.”