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  • Air Force Academy names airfield in honor of Tuskegee hero

    His journey, marked by excellence and overcoming institutionalized racial barriers, was celebrated at the Air Force Academy, Nov. 1, during a ceremony to name its airfield in his honor.
  • Acting SecAF Donovan highlights progress in achieving ‘Air Force We Need’ in speech at Air Space Cyber Conference

    The Air Force, Donovan said, is making progress even as it copes with new threats and shifting geopolitics. The Air Force is “digging out of the readiness hole” while also embracing the creation of the Space Force as a new and separate branch of the U.S. military.
  • Air Force announces newest Red Tail: ‘T-7A Red Hawk’

    Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan made the announcement during his speech at the 2019 Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Sept. 16.
  • AFRL introduces new sharable supercomputing capability for classified research

    Air Force Research Laboratory and Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program officials hosted a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 26 to unveil the first-ever shared classified Department of Defense high performance computing capability at the AFRL DoD Supercomputing Resource Center at Area B.
  • Fairfield to the front lines: Honoring Air Force heritage

    The aircraft was a C-5M Super Galaxy assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron, and its 11-person crew was all African-American. This historic mission was created to honor the heritage of the Tuskegee Airmen and to showcase the capability of Travis AFB to deliver cargo from the U.S. to the front lines in Afghanistan.
  • Red Tail legacy comes full circle

    Airmen assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing take great pride in the heritage created for them by the Tuskegee Airmen. Today a key piece of the wing’s history has once again returned to its flightline.
  • Tuskegee Airman engages with today's generation of Airmen

    Before heading into Boston Oct. 27 to speak at an event co-hosted by the New England Tuskegee Airmen Chapter, retired Col. Charles E. McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, met with several Airmen here.
  • James named honorary Tuskegee Airman

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James was named an honorary Tuskegee Airman and was presented the Tuskegee Airman red jacket during the Air Force Memorial’s 10th anniversary ceremony in Arlington, Va., Oct. 14.
  • Tuskegee Airman laid to rest

    The Air Force paid its final respects to former 2nd Lt. Malvin G. Whitfield, an Army Air Forces and Air Force veteran, at Arlington National Cemetery, June 8. Whitfield distinguished himself as the first U.S. military member to win Olympic gold medals while serving his country. Whitfield joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 as a Tuskegee Airman, one of more than 1,000 African-American pilots who fought in World War II.
  • Tuskegee Airmen gather for 75th anniversary, induct CSAF as honorary member

    Original members of the Tuskegee Airmen, their families and supporters gathered in downtown Montgomery March 22 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience.
  • Tuskegee Airmen 75th anniversary: Documentary trailer

    March 22 is the 75th anniversary of the activation of the U.S. Army Air Corps' 99th Pursuit Squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen. This trailer is part of a documentary that will be released on AF.mil this July.
  • Tuskegee Airman reflects on diversity

    It was 1944 and the U.S. was in the midst of two battles -- a war on two sides of the world and the onslaught of cultural changes on the homefront. Meanwhile, a young African-American Soldier picked up trash on the white sandy beaches at Keesler Field, Mississippi. He had been briefed that although he was in the service and evidently may fight and die for his country, he could neither walk on this beach unless he was working nor could he swim here because it was for whites only.
  • 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.
  • Col. Richard Toliver: Pioneering combat pilot

    Retired Col. Richard Toliver graduated from Tuskegee Institute University in January 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
  • Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

    Franklin Macon joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 after the creation of the Tuskegee program allowed African-Americans to fill military pilot positions, which were previously occupied exclusively by whites. On Aug. 26 at the age of 92, Macon sat on the airfield at the U.S. Air Force Academy, waiting to take off in the early morning, for what could possibly be his last flight at the Academy.
  • Lackland’s Tuskegee Airmen exhibit opens to the public

    A new Tuskegee Airmen exhibit officially opened to the public May 4 during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Airman Heritage Museum.
  • Annual event honors military’s African-American leaders

    The Air Force hosted the 10th annual Stars and Stripes recognition dinner, an event that recognizes top-performing African-American military and civilian leaders in the armed forces.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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