U.S. Army Celebrates 5 de Mayo with the Launch of ‘Leaders Among...

U.S. Army Celebrates 5 de Mayo with the Launch of ‘Leaders Among Us’ Program

Interactive experience educates Latino youth on what it means to be "Army Strong"


DALLAS, May 7 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Hundreds of thousands of Latinos who attended the Dallas Cinco de Mayo Festival at Texas Stadium witnessed the launch of the United States Army ‘Leaders Among Us’ (LAU) program, which provides Latino youth with information on how the U.S. Army can prepare them for success, now and in the future. Continuing LAU events will be held at select Latino festivals in Houston, San Antonio, New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico, from May through September 2008.

The LAU program features a 100 ft. x 100 ft. interactive “Strength to Succeed” experience area at each festival, which highlights the career and educational opportunities available to Soldiers. Additional activities within the experience area include a robotics obstacle course, a fitness area — where participants can compete against active Army Soldiers, a customized H2 vehicle, video game kiosks, and a “Soldier’s Story” gallery, that showcases Latino Soldier Heroes from around the U.S.

“‘Leaders Among Us’ was created to inform the Hispanic youth of America about the career and educational opportunities in the Army,” said Colonel David Lee, Director, G-7 Strategic Communications, Marketing & Outreach U.S. Army Accessions Command. “U.S. Army Soldiers are mentally, emotionally and physically strong. From educational kiosks to physical training areas to technology modules consisting of robots and simulators used in the Army, we highlight the values and advanced technology that makes our Soldiers the best in the world. They can experience first-hand how the Army will prepare individuals for success now and in the future.”

Dates and times for subsequent LAU events are:


May 11, 2008, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Cinco de Mayo Festival, George R. Brown Convention Center

San Antonio

May 18, 2008, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Fiesta Música de Mayo, Freeman Coliseum

Nueva York

June 7, 2008, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

116th St. Festival, 116th St from Lexington to 2nd Ave and 106th St. to 122nd St on 3rd Ave


July 20, 2008, 2008, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Festival Colombia, Tamiami Park


August 23-24, 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM

‘Viva Chicago’ Festival, Grant Park

Los Ángeles

September 14, 2008, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Fiestas Patrias, LA Sports Arena Parking Lot

Puerto Rico

August, 2008

Location TBA

About the United States Army Accessions Command (USAAC)

USAAC, headquartered at Fort Monroe, Va., oversees recruiting and training of both enlisted soldiers and officers for the U.S. Army. USAAC is composed of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky., the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Monroe, Va., and the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, SC.

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U.S. Army Celebrates 5 de Mayo with the Launch of ‘Leaders Among Us’ Program