LOS ANGELES, CA –On September 30, 2020 members of the Garfield High School Mighty Bulldawg Battalion, along with Mr. Andres Favela (Principal) and Mrs. Lourdes Ramirez-Ortiz (Local District East Los Angeles Community of schools) had the distinct honor to have a virtual panel discussion with COL Becky Montano, Beers, Base Commander 61st Air Base Group at Los Angeles Air Force Base. COL Beers has her roots in East Los Angeles, first generation US born, with Spanish as her primary language. She excelled in high school and attended the University of Southern California and became a member of the ROTC whereby she found her true passion. COL Beers was commissioned as a 2LT and began her career as an Air Force Officer.
As part of the panel discussion, she discussed her roots, her journey and her upward mobility in the Air Force. She emphasized to the cadets the importance of obtaining an education, reading, being informed and pursuing college no matter what. Moreover, she advised the Cadets to look into the college ROTC programs and scholarships, and check out the service academies. COL Beers made a profound statement to all the cadets to pursue their goals,” let them tell you no”. The Air Force Colonel from East Los Angeles is setting the example for young women and showing that representation matters. Her visit was also very fitting for the current September National Latino heritage month which recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. She further magnified the pride and representation on, if you work hard and stay the course, you can achieve success in any endeavor. Lastly, the Cadets had the opportunity to ask questions, with in closing COL Beers, gave very positive feedback with lots of encouragement.