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Naval Supply Systems Command Headquarters Holds Multicultural Event

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS091016-16
Release Date: 10/16/2009 7:26:00 AM

By Tim Christmann, Naval Supply Systems Command Public Affairs

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) headquarters held a multicultural luncheon for its military and civilian personnel Oct. 14 in Mechanicsburg, Pa., to celebrate the contributions Americans and their ancestors have made to the United States' great cultural heritage.

NAVSUP headquarters' Cultural Awareness and Diversity Committee sponsored the luncheon, which included more than 50 ethnic dishes prepared by command employees.

The event also highlighted Hispanic Heritage Month, which was celebrated across the fleet Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

"We are a nation of immigrants…and we wouldn't be a great nation without the richness of our diversity," said NAVSUP Vice Commander John Goodhart.

"The importance of events such as this is to create greater awareness and appreciate of the richness of various cultures," said Karen Gadbois, deputy commander of Corporate Operations NAVSUP. "Specifically, for today's event, it was important to take time out of our busy schedules to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States."

Goodhart added, "Employing a diverse workforce is imperative as Navy uniformed personnel, civilians and contractors will be a key element in our future success. Achieving future mission success requires that we successfully recruit, develop and retain employees from all segments of our nation's population."

Regarding Hispanic Heritage Month, Goodhart said, "Hispanics are an important part of our nation's fabric as is everyone attending this luncheon."

During the event, NAVSUP headquarters personnel were welcomed to a diverse cuisine, while being serenaded with traditional Mexican songs by the musical group Mariachi Maya.

To celebrate America's diverse workforce, NAVSUP headquarters' Cultural Awareness and Diversity Committee coordinates events during National Native American Heritage Month and African American Month, to name a few, throughout the year.

NAVSUP's primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. By employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 25,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food services, postal services, Navy Exchanges and movement of household goods.

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