• 2016 TAI Military Award Winners Announced

    The following are this year’s award winners:

    FGO Winner Lt. Col. Raymond Daniel
    64th Aggressor Squadron, Nellis AFB NV

    CGO Winner  Capt. Justin Mastrangelo
    67th Special Operations Squadron, RAF Mildenhall,
    United Kingdom.

    SNCO Winner MSgt Wakisha Humphries
    99th Force Support Squadron, Nellis AFB NV

    NCO Winner SSgt Chester McBride (Deceased)
    AFOSI Detachment 405, , Maxwell AFB, AL

    Presentations will be made at their base after the convention.

  • 2016 National Youth Academy

    Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum will host a one week program to introduce the student participants to the historical impact of the Tuskegee Airmen experience, the basics of how math and science are applied in aviation, aviation careers, and social studies and language arts. Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum will provide a 5-day curriculum from July 25th to July 29th that includes introduction/orientation, homework/lesson assignments, field trips, aviation orientation, and team presentations.  Send in applications right away.

    2016 National Youth Academy for the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. objectives, tied directly to the mission and goals of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., are to provide multiple opportunities for youth participants to:

    (1) Develop or expand an awareness of the impact and contributions of lesser-known pioneering minority aviators on international history;

    (2) understand the roles of aviation in affecting everyday life and community;

    (3) Gain exposure to the field of aviation and careers in the aerospace industry;

    (4) Explore fields in aviation and technology as a catalyst for advanced and continued education; and

    (5) Gain an appreciation of the story and lessons of America’s first Black military aviators, the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and their legacy of determination, education, perseverance and patience as necessary skills in achieving success in the face of overwhelming obstacles.

    Participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy hands-on interaction, behind the scenes exposure, in-depth discussions and a planned introductory training flight, as well as experience a cost-free week of fun, mentorship, and camaraderie! Youth applicants will be accepted on “first come, first served” basis, as received through submissions to program officials (see below), in addition to local chapter selectees as seminar participants to the limits of available funding. Participant lodging, food, and transportation to all event sites and any event fees, during the period of the program, will be paid by TAI.  The target age group is 12-17 years. The student capacity for the summer 2016 program is approximately 15 students.

  • DOTA Dr. Roscoe C. Brown joins Lonely Eagles

    Brown had fallen critically ill over the winter and had a pacemaker installed. He was trying to get back into exercising when he was interviewed in May. Not one for idleness, Brown completed the NYC Marathon nine times!  Here’s a recent interview.

    Capt. Brown commanded the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, during World War II. He flew 68 long-range missions from August of 1944 to March of 1945.  He’s credited with being the first 15th Air Force pilot to shoot down a German jet fighter, a feat that happened on March 24, 1945 while escorting bombers near Berlin. It was the longest escort mission to take place in the war.  Brown’s airplane, a P-51 Mustang named “Bunnie” was named for his eldest daughter, Doris, born while he was fighting overseas.

    The Airman earned multiple awards for his actions in WWII including: The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters. In 2000 he was among those in attendance when President George W. Bush presented the Airmen the Congressional Gold Medal. And in 2006 he, and the Airmen, were presented the Congressional Medal of Honor by unanimous vote of Congress.

    His father, Dr Roscoe C Brown, Sr (1884-1963), was a dentist and an official in the United States Public Health Service.

    Prior to his wartime service, he graduated from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., where he was valedictorian of the Class on 1943.  After the war, Captain Brown resumed his education. His doctoral dissertation was on exercise physiology and he became a professor at New York University and President of Bronx Community College. In 1992, Brown received an honorary doctor of humanics degree from alma mater Springfield College.

    On March 29, 2007, Brown attended a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, where he and the other Tuskegee Airmen collectively, not individually, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service.

    He resided in Riverdale, New York, until his death in 2016. He was also a member, and past president, of the 100 Black Men of America New York Chapter. He was a professor of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. According to his granddaughter, Brown died on July 2, 2016 at a hospital in the Bronx, NY after breaking his hip in a recent fall. He was 94.

    RCB accepting CGM fm Pres Bush Roscoe Brown-3 RCB in front of Bunnie

  • Miami Chapter President Passes

    The following is info regarding Rich Hall’s final arrangements.  There will be homegoing gatherings in Miami Gardens, FL and in Bastrop, LA, and burial at the Air Force Academy.

     

    Florida Homegoing Celebrations were as follows:

    The Fountain of New Life Church – Miami Gardens, Florida

    Wake: Friday, June 17

    Homegoing: Saturday, June 18

     

    Bastrop, Louisiana Homegoing Celebrations were as follows:

    Wake: Friday, June 24

    Homegoing: Saturday, June 25

     

    Burial at the Air Force Academy on Wednesday June 29

     

    Shortly before Rich died, he and LaTessa established a foundation (Richard P. Hall Eagles Foundation) to further Rich’s dream of expanding opportunities for youth in STEM programs.  Rather than flowers, the family asks that interested people donate to the foundation at richardphalleagles.com

     

    LaTéssa’s contact info:

    Mrs. LaTéssa Hall

    6031 SW 189th Terrace

    Miramar, FL 33029-5862

    P: 954-435-6166 (h)

    Email: latessahall.cmp@gmail.com

  • The Luft Gangster: Memoirs of A Second Class Hero

    DOTA Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson recalls his trials and tribulations from early childhood racism in America to his segregated military experience and overseas combat deployment in WWII.  He tells of his stay as a P.O.W. in Nazi Germany and recalls his sobering walk through Dachau Concentration Camp, which was liberated only 2 days earlier.  After heroically serving his country in the world’s worst war, Alex joyfully returned home only to be greeted by racism, bigotry and segregation.

  • Resolution Ballots

    2016 Resolution ballots must be returned in the envelope provided within 10-days of receipt.

  • TAI Convention Early Bird Registration Extended

    Exciting Convention Packages Available
    $350 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION EXTENDED
    until June 15, 2016
     
    For details, click on “REGISTER ONLINE” link below
    Tuskegee Airmen Inc. 45th Annual Convention 
    Celebrates 75 Years of Excellence
    Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen 
    Honored for Lifetime Legacy of Valor 
    Indianapolis, Indiana – 24 May 2016 Tuskegee Airmen Inc. is set to host its 45th Annual Convention, July 12 – 17, 2016 at the Westin Indianapolis Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. An exciting treat is the continued year- long commemoration of the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen; the long awaited Grand Celebration of the 75 th Anniversary of the “Tuskegee Airmen Experience.”
    Pilots, nurses, mechanics, ground crew, air traffic controllers, meteorologists, stenographers, armorers and other support personnel saw the activation of the first black combat aviation unit at Tuskegee Army Air Field and other locations. March 22, 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of the U.S. Army Air Corps 99th Pursuit Squadron on March 22,,1941. Distinguished Honorees – Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen will be in attendance.
    TAI 45th Annual Convention –  “Tuskegee Airmen – Beyond Expectations for 75 Years”
     
    This year’s convention will proceed over several days and will feature a “Welcome Day”, “Heritage Day”, “Diversity/Military Day”, and “Youth Day” intermingled throughout TAI organizational business meetings, training seminars, historical documentation, and more. Rounding out the convention and celebration will be the Tuskegee Airmen Grand Gala onSaturday, July 16, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    About Tuskegee Airmen Inc.
    Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI), headquartered in Tuskegee, Alabama with 56 chapters in major cities and military installations across the U.S., was established over 40 years ago to educate the public and keep alive the legacy of those who were part of the Tuskegee Experience during World War II. Membership in TAI is open civilians, veterans, active duty and retired military from all service branches. For more information on TAI and a brief history of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, download the TAI Media Kit at http://tuskegeeairmen.org/wpcontent/uploads/2014TAIMediaKit.pdf
    “To help celebrate this milestone of 75 years of excellence, we have set a goal to raise $75 Million over ten years for the Tuskegee Airmen Youth Aerospace and STEM Academy as a perpetual memorial to the Tuskegee Airmen,” says Brigadier General Leon Johnson, USAFR (Ret.), National President, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. The Tuskegee Airmen Youth Aerospace and STEM Academy has the goal to simulate the efforts made beginning in 1941 that resulted in over 16,000 individuals being part of the Tuskegee Experience which proved that blacks could take on any and all aspects related to the field of aviation.
     

    Grand Gala Special Guest Performer – GRAMMY NOMINEE – GLENN JONES!

    “With a distinctive soulful sound, recording artist Glen Jones has cemented his spot in R&B/Soul music history. The Grammy nominee has an impressive catalog of timeless hits that topped the charts, and includes songs like “We’ve Only Just Begun (The Romance is Not Over),” “Show Me,” “Here I Go Again,” and “I’ve Been Searching (Nobody Like You).” With over 30 years under his belt, Jones is still flexing his gospel – infused vocal abilities and making sure he remains a force to be reckoned with in today’s music industry.” (SoulTrain.com)
    We've Only Just Begun
    We’ve Only Just Begun
    Show Me
    Show Me
    Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. For more information and toREGISTER ONLINE:  www.tuskegeeairmen.org
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    Rick Sinkfield
    TAI National Convention Public Relations Officer
    Tuskegee Airmen Inc., P.O. Box 830060, Tuskegee, AL 36083
  • LA County Honors Tuskegee Airmen

    On a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Board of Supervisors declared March 22, 2016 as Tuskegee Airmen Day in Los Angeles County. They honored the nation’s first all-black group of military aviators now known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

  • 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, Ala., March 22 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience.  See the full story here.

    3/24/2016 – MAXWELL AFB, Ala.  — by TSgt. Patrick Brown, 42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

  • Welsh Named Honorary Tuskegee Airman

    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh was inducted as an honorary Tuskegee Airman during a March 22 ceremony in downtown Montgomery, Ala., commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience.  See the full story here.  (​Air Force Magazine, March 2016)