• 2019 Continuing the Legacy in Aviation

    Southwest Airlines invites rising sixth grade through undergraduate college students (accompanied by a parent or guardian) residing in the Continental U.S. to attend a hands-on aviation experience. Airfare and hotel accommodations are provided. Applications are due by Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST. Finalists will be notified by Monday, September 2, 2019.
    The Continuing the Legacy in Aviation includes touring the Southwest Airlines’ Pilot and Flight Attendant Training Centers, Maintenance facility, Network Operations Control, Headquarters Emergency Command Center, and Listening Center; flying the Southwest Airlines’ flight simulators; visiting the Frontiers of Flight Museum; meeting Southwest Airlines’ Leaders; participating in the Technology Escape Room; learning the history of the Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen; and mentoring by retired and current Southwest Airlines Employees.

  • 2019 TAI National President Armed Forces Week and Memorial Day Letter

  • TAI CONVENTION AUTHORITIES

    Temporary Duty (TDY)

    AFI65-103 Temporary Duty Orders (5 AUGUST 2005)

    1.2.4. Authority to Publish Orders. In accordance with (IAW) AFI 37-128, commanders down to and including squadron level may publish orders. Commanders below squadron (detachment or flight) level may publish TDY orders when a higher level commander specifically authorizes them to do so. A commander may publish orders that are not within his or her jurisdiction only if the proper commander approves. Hospitals and aeromedical staging units may publish orders on patients who are members of any Air Force activity but must give copies to the patient’s parent organization. Additionally, the commander or order office of primary responsibility (OPR) may delegate orders-publishing authority.

    Conferences are authorized for funding at the discretion of the TDY approving official (AFI65-103, 5 AUGUST 2005).

    – Orders/Funding:

      — Unit/Agency/Org funded TDY

    – Like all other TDYs, commanders determine the utilization of unit funds. Air Force personnel may reference AFI 65-103, Attachment 3

      — Purpose of TDY, Item-9, a.

         — Enter (4) Speech or Presentation. To make a speech or presentation, deliver a paper, or otherwise take part in a formal program other than a training course.

         — or (5) Conference Attendance. To attend a conference, convention, seminar, or symposium for purposes of observation or education only with no formal role in the proceedings.

    – Conference Registration Fee reimbursement is authorized and the following should be added to the TDY Order ITEM n:

      — Registration/Conference Fee (AFI65-103, page 24): If a fee is required to attend federally or non-federally sponsored meetings, include:

         —“Registration fee is approved on _________ (date) in the amount of $_______ which:

    (a) covers cost of ___ meals and ___ nights lodging at $_______ per night, (b) covers no meals or lodging. (Authority: JTR, C4708 (Civilian), JFTR, U4535 (Military). See AFI 65-601, Volume 1, paragraph 4.42 for more information on registration fees. Note: If conference fees include meals, per diem rates are adjusted downward to PPD or incidentals, whichever applies.)

    Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY)

    AFI 36-3003, MILITARY LEAVE PROGRAM, 11 MAY 2016

    4.3.2 PERMISSIVE TEMPORARY DUTY (PTDY)

        — AFI 36-3003, Table 4.5. Authorizing Permissive Temporary Duty, Rule 7

    Travel Options to attend the conference and status of military personnel

    Travel AuthorizationMember Status
    Reimbursed POV/Commercial ConveyanceOn Orders
    Space RequiredOn Orders
    Space AvailableLeave/PTDY/Retired

    REFERENCES

    – DOD Support of TAI activities is authorized IAW DODD 5410.18, Public Affairs Community Relations Policy (November 20, 200, Certified Current as of May 30, 2007), and DODI 5410.19 Public Affairs Community Relations Policy Implementation (November 13, 2001).

    DODD 5410.18, Public Affairs Community Relations Policy (November 20, 200, Certified Current as of May 30, 2007)

    4.2.3.3. Nonpartisan events sponsored by local, State, or Federal governments; schools; civic organizations; veterans associations (see paragraph 3.16., “Veterans Association,” above); or recognized organizations whose primary purpose is to foster public service, stimulate patriotism, promote understanding of national security issues, or foster public appreciation of our national heritage are generally considered to be in the common public interest.

    4.2.4. Loan of DoD Resources to Non-fund-raising Events. Logistical support to events sponsored by non-Federal entities may be provided when approved by the Head of the DoD Component command or organization, in accordance with DoD 5500.7-R, reference (c). The applicable portions of reference (c) are summarized, as follows:

    4.2.4.1. General. The Head of the DoD Component command or organization may provide DoD personnel in their official capacities to express DoD policies as speakers, panel members, or other participants, or, on a limited basis, the loan of DoD facilities and equipment (and the services of DoD personnel necessary to ensure proper use of the equipment), when all of the following criteria are met:

    4.2.4.1.1. The logistical support does not interfere with the performance of official duties and does not detract from readiness.

    4.2.4.1.2. DoD community relations with the immediate community and/or other legitimate DoD public affairs or military training interests are served by the support.

    4.2.4.1.3. The association of the Department of Defense, including the concerned Military Departments, with the event is in the best interest of the Department.

    4.2.4.1.4. The event is of interest and benefit to the local civilian community as a whole, the DoD Component command or organization providing the support, or any other part of the Department of Defense.

    4.2.4.1.5. The DoD Component command or organization is able and willing to provide similar support to comparable events that meet the criteria of subparagraph 4.2.4.1.1. through 4.2.4.1.4., above, and subparagraphs 4.2.4.1.6. and 4.2.4.1.7., below, sponsored by similar non-Federal entities.

    4.2.4.1.6. DoD participation is not restricted by other statutes or regulations (see 10 U.S.C. 2012 (reference (e)), which limits support that is not based on customary community relations or public affairs activities.

    4.2.4.1.7. No admission fee (beyond what will cover the reasonable costs of sponsoring the event) is charged for the event; or no admission fee (beyond what will cover the reasonable costs of sponsoring the event) is charged for the portion of the event supported by the Department of Defense; or DoD support is incidental to the entire event.

    4.11 DoD Support to Veterans Associations

    4.11.1. Veterans associations are defined as organizations oriented toward veterans of military service in general, toward veterans of specific Services, or toward veterans grouped or identified by gender, ethnicity, religion, military campaign, or geographic region.

    4.11.2. The Heads of the DoD Component commands or organizations may provide applicable support to veterans associations for non-partisan events as noted in subparagraph 4.2.3.3., above. Military support, including bands, color guards, choral groups, speakers, and static displays, is also authorized for local, regional, and national conventions. The ASD (PA) shall assign a DoD coordinator, and each Military Service shall provide a project officer for those national conventions for which multi-Service support is in the best interests of the Department of Defense.

    4.11.3. Veterans associations may receive loaned or donated excess military property under DoD 4160.21-M, “Defense Material Disposition Manual” (reference (n)). The Secretary of Defense has assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) responsibility for administering the Defense Materiel Disposition Program. The Military Services manage the program and determine the eligibility of veterans associations to participate in the program through the use of criteria specified in reference (n).

    5.4.2. Conduct direct liaison with private organizations representing specific interests of their respective Military Services, such as the Association of the U.S. Army, the Navy League of the United States, the Marine Corps League, and the Air Force Association of the United States, in accordance with DoD 5500.7-R, DoD Directive 5500.7, and DoD Instruction 5410.20 (references (d), (j), and (g)).

    DODI 5410.19 Public Affairs Community Relations Policy Implementation (November 13, 2001).

    E10.4. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

    Those guidelines shall not be interpreted to affect support, authorized by DoD Directive 5410.18 (reference (c)) and implemented by this Instruction, traditionally available to non-Federal organizations, such as veterans associations and business or civic organizations, at the DoD level or through any of the Military Services. Such traditional community relations support, identified in the various enclosures to this Instruction, may include designating DoD coordinators, providing bands and Color Guards for patriotic openers, and providing DoD speakers at technical meetings and seminars.

  • 2019 Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated National Military Awards

    All submissions must be received by 1700 CST 7 June 2019

    1. The purpose of this solicitation message is to request nominations for the 2019 Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated National Military Awards.

    2. Award recipients will be recognized August 8 – 10, 2019 at the 48th Annual Tuskegee Airmen National Convention at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida.

    3. Eligibility: active component, reserve or guard members serving in any Branch of the US armed services. Awards will be presented to outstanding military members regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or gender.

    4. Nominations will be accepted by wings or wing equivalents (brigade level for US Army and US Marine Corps, or wing/strike group for Navy). Pentagon three letter offices will be considered wing equivalents (AF/A3O, SAF/AQA, etc.).

    The full message on Nomination Packages can be found at:2019TAI_MilitaryAwardsSolicitationMessage

  • 2019 Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated National Military Awards – Solicitation Message

    Suspense: All submissions must be received by 1700 CST 7 June 2019

    1. The purpose of this solicitation message is to request nominations for the 2019 Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated National Military Awards.

    2. Award recipients will be recognized August 8 – 10 2019 at the 48th Annual Tuskegee Airmen National Convention at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida.

    3. Eligibility: active component, reserve, or guard members serving in any Branch of the US armed services. Awards will be presented to outstanding military members regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, or gender.

    4. Nominations will be accepted from wings or wing equivalents (brigade level for US Army and US Marine Corps, or wing/strike group for Navy). Pentagon three letter offices are considered wing equivalents (AF/A3O, SAF/AQA, etc.).

    5. Nomination packages will include the following:

    A. Endorsement Memorandum. The endorsement letter must include the following statement: “A records check was conducted on (date) and revealed no information that would bring discredit to the award or the (applicable branch of service).” This review may be accomplished by the Director of Staff (HAF 3-letters), A1 Director (MAJCOM) or the Wing Commander (Unit) or their designated representative. This may be a scanned or PDF document. Address signed nomination letters to: Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Military Awards Committee: taiawards@tuskegeeairmen.org

    B. Justification page format: All submissions will be on plain bond paper, 8.5×11 inches; utilize bullet format, 12-font, Times New Roman text. Submit the write up with the following categories: Professional Achievement (15 bullets), Professional Development/Self Improvement (5 Bullets) and Community/Public Service (5 bullets).

    C. The individual should be fully identified, along with job title, organization, mail address, commercial and DSN phone number, fax number, and email address. Please include contact information for both the recipient and the nominating supervisor.

    D. Packages will be forwarded by email to Military Awards Committee at taiawards@tuskegeeairmen.org. The award period is 1 May 2018 – 30 April 2019. Please email each package VIA SEPARATE EMAIL with the following format: Subject: Tuskegee Airmen Military Award – “Category” (e.g. FGO, NCO, SNCO or CGO), nominee last name, first initial. The Word document should be saved using following naming schema–“Category” (i.e. SNCO, CGO), nominee last name, First Initial.

    SAMPLE E-MAIL SUBJECT: Tuskegee Airmen Military Award –SNCO, Johnson, T SAMPLE FILE NAME: SNCO_Johnson_T

    6. We will only accept four nominees (one per category) per organization (respective wings or wing equivalents, Air Staff 3 letters; MAJCOM and NAF 2 letters; Brigade level for US Army and US Marine Corps, or wing/strike group for Navy). Services headquarters may elect to forward their top package for each category.

    7. The four categories for the subject award are as follows:

    A. General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Military Award: Named for our esteemed Leader who has been an inspiration to all those who has followed and served under him. Awarded to a field grade officer (O4 – O6) who has exhibited outstanding performance in both professional and community service.

    B. Captain Robert W. Williams Military Award: Named for the pioneer Aviator who spearheaded a movie project about the Tuskegee Airmen. He spent 43 years pitching his story and was turned down by every movie and Television studio until home box office accepted the project in 1995. It became a worldwide success and earned 3 Emmy awards, a Peabody, a Cable Ace and 2 NAACP Image Awards. This award goes to a company grade officer (O1 – O3) who has exhibited outstanding performance in both professional and community service.

    C. Chief Master Sergeant Fred Archer Military Award: Named for one of the first blacks to achieve the highest enlisted grade. He served with the Famed 99th pursuit squadron as a weapons specialist. In his distinguished 35 year career, he was nominated three times to serve as chief master sergeant of the Air Force. This award goes to a senior noncommissioned officer (E7 – E9) that exhibits outstanding performance in both professional and community service.

    D. Senior Master Sergeant Margaret Frances Barbour Military Award: Named For SMSgt Margaret Frances Barbour. This award goes to a noncommissioned Officer or Airman (E1 – E6) that exhibits outstanding performance in both professional and community service.

    8. For additional information on the Tuskegee Airmen National Convention, please go to http://tuskegeeairmen.org or contact the Military Awards Committee/ at taiawards@tuskegeeairmen.org.

  • 2018 Military Award Winners

    General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Field Grade Officer Military Award
    Maj Tiffany L. Debrow
    Director of Operations and Support
    369th Recruiting Group
    Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

    Category: Captain Robert W. Williams, Company Grade Officer Military Award
    Captain Brittany R. Lee
    Force Support Flight Commander
    799th Air Base Squadron
    Creech AFB, Nevada

    Category: Chief Master Sergeant Fred Archer, Senior NCO Military Award
    MSgt Carlton J. Young
    Senior Communications Engineer
    Defense Information Agency (DISA) – Regional Field Command, Pacific
    Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

    Category: Senior Master Sergeant Francis Barbour, NCO Military Award
    TSgt Josefina Liles
    Force Protection Intelligence Analyst
    380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron
    CENTCOM

     

  • How many Tuskegee Airmen are currently living?

    How many Tuskegee Airmen are currently living?  (as of 18-Sep-2018)

    For several reasons, we are unable to determine the exact number of all individuals who actually participated in the Tuskegee Airmen experience between March 22, 1941 and November 5, 1949—time period the experience or experiment existed.  Consequently, we are challenged to provide the actual number of all Tuskegee Airmen participants who are still living. Through our research, we can confirm as of May 2019 that 12 of the 355 Tuskegee Airmen single engine pilots who served in the Mediterranean theater operation during WWII are currently living.  In addition, we can confirm 2 of 32 Tuskegee Airmen single engine pilots who were prisoners of war (POW) are still living.

  • Tuskegee Airmen Questions and Answers 09_2014 (update)