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Black Panther, comic book illustrator, Be the change: The power of representation
Comic book illustrator Shawn Martinbrough met with Pentagon Airmen to speak about the power of representation Feb. 20, 2018. A native New Yorker, he has illustrated Black Panther, Batman, Luke Cage Noir, Captain America, and Hellboy characters for Marvel and Detective Comics.
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2018
Tuskegee Airmen former Cadets Walter Robinson Sr. and William Fauntroy Jr. and retired Col. Charles McGee join Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James for lunch at the Pentagon Feb. 16, 2016. The Tuskegee Airmen shared their stories and experiences with the secretary. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)  Tuskegee Airmen share life lessons
Three members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen visited with Airmen at the Pentagon during a meet and greet hosted by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Feb. 16. Retired Col. Charles McGee and former Cadets William Fauntroy Jr. and Walter Robinson Sr. shared stories and insights about their lives as Tuskegee Airmen and as civilians after they left the military.
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2016
Lt. Col. (ret.) James Warren, Senator Lois Wolk, Aubrey Matthews and Edith Roberts proudly present the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway sign that will be displayed on Interstate 80 Feb. 6 at the Veterans Hall in Dixon, Ca. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Madelyn Brown)
 Road to the past: Portion of highway dedicated to Tuskegee Airmen
Although retired Lt. Col. James Warren established a distinguished flying career throughout three wars in the U.S. Army Air Force, he was once arrested for simply having the wrong skin color in the wrong establishment.
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2014
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish) Training at Tuskegee: Turning dreams into reality
Training young men to be the first African American pilots in the military was a history-making event for the handful of trainers and leaders at the Tuskegee Institute. Creating an airfield from the ground up, the "Tuskegee experiment" led the way for desegregation of the military less than a decade later.
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Black Airmen turn racism, bigotry into opportunity
On a hot July day in 1941 on a desolate field in Tuskegee, Ala.,, 13 young African-American Airmen began an experiment by senior Army leaders to teach them how to become pilots. That experiment turned into the ultimate opportunity for these young men to become a valued part of the military and would go on to have an impact with the desegregation of the military.
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2014
SAN ANGELO, Texas-- Re-enactors from Fort Concho, a historical Army fort dating before the Civil War, fire a cannon from that time period. The unusual "Buffalo Soldiers" nickname was given to the black troops of the frontier west by the Northern Plains Indians after the Civil War, some of whom were stationed at this site. (Courtesy photo)  

Buffalo Soldiers pave the way
February is African-American Heritage month. This month celebrates the accomplishments of African-Americans throughout history. Near Goodfellow AFB, Airmen are able to see these accomplishments through the history of the Fort Concho Buffalo Soldiers. These soldiers not only paved a way in the movement towards African-American rights, but also
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2013
Advanced instruction turned student pilots into fighter pilots at Tuskegee Army Airfield, Ala. (U.S. Air Force photo) Photo essay: Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen were an elite group of African-American pilots in the 1940s. They were pioneers in equality and integration of the armed forces. The term "Tuskegee Airmen" refers to all who were involved in the Army Air Corps program to train African-Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators,
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2013
Default Air Force Logo African-Americans in the military: from the American Revolution to integration
Many are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, but they were not the first African-Americans to serve in the American armed forces. African-Americans have continuously served in the U.S. military since colonial times.After the fighting began in 1775, the British offered to free any African-American slave who served with them, leading
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2013
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) African Americans in leadership
The 1950s were a tumultuous time for the United States as the winds of changes blew across the country and the social landscape was transformed as the Civil Rights movement went into full swing. In 1954, the Supreme Court case ruling in Brown v. Board of Education overturned laws that permitted state-sponsored segregation. Just a few years before
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2013
Senior Airman Denice Luke, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron poses inside a 60 K-Loader at a base in Southwest Asia Feb. 8. Luke is serving on her first deployment from Robins Air Force Base Ga. to the Air Force Central Command Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. George Thompson) Reservist enjoys dual careers
 For one airman assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, being a reservist allows her time to pursue other passions while also serving her country."It's like living two completely different lives," Senior Airman Denice Luke said. "That's why I like it so much." Luke is an air transportation journeyman deployed from Robins
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2013
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Patrick Harris) African-American History Month focuses on achievements
African-Americans have made and continue to make major contributions to the nation's defense, the director of the Defense Department's office of diversity management and equal opportunity said in a recent interview.As National African-American History Month commences today, this year's theme -- "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The
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2013
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer speaks at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville, Va., Jan. 12. Spencer recounted his mother's experience on April 23, 1951, when she and more than 450 other students walked out of the all-black, R. R. Moton High School in Farmville, demanding equality. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. John Sheets) AF's highest ranking African-American shares ties to civil rights movement
On April 23, 1951, more than 450 students collectively walked out the front doors of the all-black, R. R. Moton High School in Farmville, Va., and marched to the home doorsteps of school-board members in the community.Among the students who walked out that day was Selma Gaines, now Selma Spencer, the mother of Gen. Larry Spencer, the Air Force vice
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2013
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Going 'where no African-American had gone before'
She may never have traveled aboard an actual space shuttle, but in the 1960s Nichelle Nichols inspired a generation by boldly going where no African-American had gone before. With the debut of "Star Trek" in 1966, Nichols' role as Lt. Uhura not only broke racial barriers for African-American actresses, but it also motivated future real-world
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Tuskegee nurse first African-American in Army Nurse Corps
An operating room nurse in North Carolina during the early days of World War II would become the first African-American nurse commissioned as a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps and the first nurse to become part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.Della H. Rainey was born in Suffolk, Virginia, on January 10, 1912. A graduate of the Lincoln Hospital
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Thomas N. Barnes: First African-American CMSAF
Chief Master Sgt. Thomas N. Barnes, appointed to the position of Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force in 1973, was the first and, to-date, only African-American to serve in the highest enlisted position within the U.S. Air Force. While serving in this position, Chief Barnes provided advice on matters concerning welfare, effective utilization and
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Longest serving Airman also longest serving African-American in DoD
The Air Force's longest serving Airman, who retired this past January after nearly 47 years of service, is also the longest serving African-American service member within the Department of Defense.Maj. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers recently retired from the Pentagon where he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget for Headquarters, U.S. Air
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Vietnam War rescue pilot goes on to command space shuttle
African Americans blazed trails even beyond the stratosphere, as seen in the achievements of retired Col. Frederick D. Gregory, a former Air Force combat rescue pilot and NASA astronaut.After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1964, Gregory entered pilot training and attended undergraduate helicopter training at Stead Air Force Base, Nev. He
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Photographer sees war first hand
During her deployment with a provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan in 2010, Senior Airman Chanise Epps proved that a simple hand-held camera can be just as effective in war as the high-tech U-2 imagery she normally worked with back home."I think photography is important, because without photography how will the story be told?" Epps
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) First black female fighter pilot follows childhood dream
By the time she was in fourth grade, young Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell knew she wanted to be a fighter pilot.What the now-Air Force major didn't know, however, was that she would knock down a racial barrier by becoming the first black female in the career field.Kimbrell was born in Lafayette, Ind., on April 20, 1976, to Guyanese parents. Her mother
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Olympian becomes weather officer during World War II
Archie Williams, 1936 Olympic Gold Medal winner was later Archie Williams, Air Force weather officer and pilot. With a need for thousands of weather officers in the expanding Army Air Forces in World War II, a Meteorology Aviation Cadet program trained more than 5,600 weather officers by the last graduating class in mid-1944. This program took only
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2012
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