IMCOM-Europe CSM speaks during USAG Ansbach Hispanic Heritage Month event

ANSBACH, Germany (September 26, 2019) – U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach observed Hispanic Heritage Month during an event honoring Hispanic Americans at the Von Steuben Community Center Sept. 26.

Command Sgt. Maj. Samira L. PItre, Installation Command-Europe, was welcomed as the guest speaker.

“I am truly honored and privileged to be here with you today and also have the opportunity to welcome our guest speaker as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Philson Tavernier, USAG Ansbach. “She is currently the command sergeant major of Installation Management Command-Europe, where she has the responsibility for seven garrisons spread across the continent of Europe.”

CSM Pitre has three decades of service and is one of the most senior noncommissioned officers in her career field, said Tavernier.

“She is an exemplary role model and continues to set herself apart in everything she does,” Tavernier said.

Pitre, a Puerto Rican who is third generation American, grew up in Staten Island, New York, and said it takes a village to raise a family. She would know because her family is large and was an important part of who she was and where she is now.

“When I think … about my career and how I have had the successes that I have had, I attribute it to family,” Pitre said. “But I don’t just attribute it to my personal family, I attribute it to my Army family.”

Being a family, whether it’s your personal family or Army family builds loyalty and that is what it is all about, she said.

The event ended with a presentation from the Ansbach Middle High School 9th JROTC Battalion that highlighted exemplary Hispanic Americans throughout history.

Afterwards attendees were invited to sample authentic Hispanic cuisine.

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