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Airmen learn mariachi to strengthen missions

MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL JOINT AIR RESERVE STATION, Minn. -- The 133rd Airlift Wing celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month here Sept. 20 to increase their cultural awareness.

"I got to eat different Hispanic foods and listen to Mexican music," said Master Sgt. Theresa Mensinger, equal opportunity specialist. "It wasn't so much a lunch as it was an amazing cultural experience."

The Familia Torres-Pena band played traditional Spanish music during the lunch hour. The family band with mariachi roots played guitars, violins, percussions and vocals.

"The band playing authentic Hispanic music really made the lunch hour fun," said Tech. Sgt. Danelle Rohweder, from the mission support group. "The atmosphere was very different in a positive way."

The services flight provided fish tacos, beef enchiladas, quesadillas and pineapple upside-down cake.

Luncheon decorations included traditional toys, banners and tabletop displays. Each table had brochures that explained Hispanic Heritage Month. The brochures also highlighted significant achievements by Hispanics throughout history. Shops displayed posters around the base with historic and educational information.