National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Tracy Martinez, Contracting Officer for the U.S. Forest Service


National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15, and the Tahoe National Forest would like to recognize Tracy Martinez, who works at the Supervisor’s Office as a Contracting Officer. Recognizing the achievements of women in the Forest Service has an enormous impact on the development and self-respect of women everywhere.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans for their heritage and culture. According to the United States Census website, people of Hispanic origin are the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority, totaling 57.5 million people. Hispanics constitute 18 percent of the nation’s total population.

Tracy’s father was first generation born in the United States. Her father’s parents migrated to the United States from Mexico. Tracy’s contributions started as a child of military parents.  Tracy was born in California and after several moves was raised in Iowa.  One year after graduating from high school, Tracy enlisted in the army and retired after 24 years.  The military offered many remarkable experiences, which included living in several countries, traveling to most states, and appearing in the U.S. Army’s “Be All That You Can Be!” commercial while she was a drill sergeant.

Tracy brought her enthusiasm for challenges and sense of commitment to the Forest Service after retiring from the U.S. Army.  She has been a Contracting Officer at the Tahoe National Forest’s Supervisor’s Office in Nevada City for the past seven years.   

Tracy said what she likes most about her job with the U.S. Forest Service is that her job is challenging, fast paced, and she is always learning something new about contracting and the Forest Service.  She has opportunities to work with many people and enjoys seeing projects through from beginning to end.  Fire season adds to her busy schedule.  In fact, while writing this segment, Tracy agreed to help with the Delta Fire.

In closing, Tracy commented, “The more Hispanics we have working in Federal Government, the more opportunities we will have to show our value and work ethic.  The Forest Service is a great place to work. “