Famous Minority Service Members Who Made an Impact in the Military

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Montel Williams served for 22 years in Navy Reserve.
Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 26 commanding officer, Col. Mark J. Desens, speaks with entertainer Montel Williams on Nov. 4, 2009. Williams served for 22 years in the Navy Reserve. (Cpl. Jesse Johnson/26th Marine Expeditionary Force)

The military is the best training ground for heroes and leaders.

Several minority service members have used their training to become high-ranking officials within the armed services, such as Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the European Command V Corp General. Other minority service members -- like former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders and Montel Williams -- parlayed their skills to become famous entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers or political figures.

Military.com has compiled a list of notable minority service members in an effort to celebrate their numerous contributions. Explore the lives of these men and women and their success.

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