SURGEON GENERAL RICHARD CARMONA TO DELIVER HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH OPENING KEYNOTE
U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona will open the Librarys 2003 National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with a keynote address at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Madison Hall on the first floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. , Washington, D.C. The theme of this years celebration is Honoring Our Present and Leading Our Future.
Dr. Carmona was sworn in as the 17th surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service on Aug. 5, 2002. Born and raised in New York City, Carmona dropped out of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967. While serving in the Army, he received his Army General Equivalency Diploma and joined the Armys Special Forces, becoming a combat-decorated Vietnam veteran and advancing to the level of vice admiral.
Prior to being appointed surgeon general, Carmona held a number of positions in the health care system of Pima County, Ariz. These included chief medical officer, hospital chief executive officer, public health officer and chief executive officer. He also served as chairman of Arizonas Southern Regional Emergency Medical System. With expertise in special operations
and emergency preparedness, he served as a deputy sheriff with the Pima County Sheriffs Department and medical director of the countys police and fire departments.
The Hispanic and Portuguese collections of the Library of Congress comprise more than 10 million items, including books, maps and retrospective holdings of government serials, newspaper and other periodicals and are believed to be the most extensive such collections in the world. For more information about the Librarys Luso-Hispanic holdings, visit the Librarys Hispanic Reading Room in person or online at www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic.