November is National Native American Heritage Month, which honors American Indians and Alaska Natives. This year’s theme is “Standing Together.” American Indians and Alaska Natives have profoundly shaped the character and cultural heritage of the nation.

During this month the Army will recognize the contributions of American Indian and Alaska Native Soldiers who have served in the U.S. Army with great honor, dedication and distinction, building a legacy of courage, professionalism and selfless service that will inspire future generations.

During Native American Heritage Month, Army leadership encourages the entire Army Family to recognize and express appreciation for the past and present contributions of American Indian and Alaska Native Soldiers, veterans, civilians and Family members.

As a tribute to all American Indians and Alaska Natives and their contributions, units, agencies and activities will conduct appropriate commemorative activities and events throughout the Army. In celebrating National Native American Indian Heritage Month the Army recognizes there is great strength in diversity.

Department of the Army supports affinity groups that recognize excellence in the American Indian and Alaska Native communities to include Society of American Indian Government Employees, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and Tribal Colleges and Universities under the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education.

Throughout history, American Indians and Alaska Natives have served in this nation’s military with great courage and distinction. Historically, American Indians have the highest record of military service per capita when compared to other ethnic groups. Today more than 9,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives serve in the Total Force.

Embracing and celebrating diversity makes the Army stronger, and the Army is dedicated to ensuring equality for all the Soldiers, civilians and Family members.