Army civilian engineer takes honors at national conference
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Angel Cruz's grandfathers left Puerto Rico to fight for America. Six decades later, Cruz earned a prestigious honor as one of seven Hispanic STEM Military and Civilian Heroes.
"Displayed proudly in my parent's house are two American flags folded in triangular forms," he said during an emotional acceptance speech. "These flags are in remembrance of my grandfathers who left Puerto Rico to fight for freedom."
Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Marin of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command presented Cruz with the award at the 2010 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.