Tuskegee Airmen Foundation 75th Anniversary of the "Tuskegee Experience"

Tuskegee Airmen Foundation 75th Anniversary of the "Tuskegee Experience" The Tuskegee Airmen Foundation will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the “Tuskegee Airmen Experience on March 22, 2016 in Montgomery, AL.
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The Tuskegee Experience began March 22, 1941 during World War II. The activation of the U.S. Army Air Corps 99th Pursuit Squadron at Chanute Field on this date began the advent of a legacy born directly from the effort and determination of over 16,000 proud men and women. The fortitude of these individuals to stand strong in the face of adversity established the first black combat aviation unit comprised of pilots, and support personnel trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field and other locations. 75 years later, the intrinsic value that their legacy now holds must be celebrated in a fashion that is equal to the foundation of valor that they built and left for us to stand on.

Mission: Tuskegee Airmen Foundation, Inc. (TAF) Mission: "To insure that the dreams of the youth of today become the reality that is our nations’ future."

02/02/2020

Super Bowl Coin Toss will be made by Original Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee

He celebrated his 100th Birthday 7 DEC 2019; received approval for honorary promotion to Brigadier General; a building will be named in his honor at Columbia College, Columbia, MO 21MAY20 and now he will help kick off the Super Bowl!! How sweet it is. Congrats!!

Thank you Park Ranger Vester Marable for all your support in helping preserve the Tuskegee Airmen legacy.  RIH
01/03/2020

Thank you Park Ranger Vester Marable for all your support in helping preserve the Tuskegee Airmen legacy. RIH

Park Ranger Vester Marable
April 27, 1989 – December 28, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague and friend, Vester Marable. Vester began his career with the National Park Service at Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site as a volunteer at age fourteen. He was subsequently hired as a Park Guide. After a detail at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Vester gained coveted Park Ranger status. He returned to Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and eventually became the acting Administrative Officer for Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, Freedom Riders National Monument, and Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. Vester was a gifted interpretive ranger known and loved by many.

Services are planned as follows:

Viewing/Family Hour - Friday, January 3, 2020
Location - Washington Chapel AME Church
2508 West Montgomery Road
Tuskegee, Alabama 36088

Viewing 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Family Hour 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Funeral Service - Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:00 am
Location - Tuskegee University Chapel
1200 West Montgomery Road
Tuskegee, AL 36088

Interment - TBA

No flowers by request of the family - please send donations in
Vester's honor to Washington Chapel Church, 2508 West Montgomery Road,
Tuskegee, Alabama 36088

Condolences may be sent to: 1102 Ellison Avenue, Tuskegee, AL 36083.

Our thoughts are with Vester’s family and friends. We will miss you Vester.

We thank him for his patriotic service.  RIH
12/10/2019
Local Tuskegee Airmen dies peacefully at 90

We thank him for his patriotic service. RIH

CLEVELAND (WJW)-One of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen has died. Roy Richardson, 90, died peacefully at home in Oakwood Tuesday according to his daughter Stacey Richardson. The elite group of black men and women was founded in 1941. It produced nearly 1,000 aviators, America's first blck military pilo...

Tuskegee Airmen saluted for service in event at UMES - Salisbury Independent
11/17/2019
Tuskegee Airmen saluted for service in event at UMES - Salisbury Independent

Tuskegee Airmen saluted for service in event at UMES - Salisbury Independent

Hundreds of students, local elected officials, community members, and veterans gathered at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to celebrate Veterans Day and the birthdays of two living legends — Dr. Charles McGee, retired Colonel, and Dr. Harry Quinton, a retired Sergeant. At 99 years old, Mc...

Tuskegee Airmen saluted for service in event at UMES - Salisbury Independent
11/16/2019
Tuskegee Airmen saluted for service in event at UMES - Salisbury Independent

Tuskegee Airmen saluted for service in event at UMES - Salisbury Independent

Hundreds of students, local elected officials, community members, and veterans gathered at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to celebrate Veterans Day and the birthdays of two living legends — Dr. Charles McGee, retired Colonel, and Dr. Harry Quinton, a retired Sergeant. At 99 years old, Mc...

A1C Zoe Russell Reporting
11/15/2019
Tuskegee Airmen Celebrate 75th Anniversary

A1C Zoe Russell Reporting

Ten original airmen from the Tuskegee Airman Aviation Program came together to celebrate their accomplishments after 75 years. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark Welsh was also inducted as an honorary member of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Check out the article: http://www.maxwell.af.mil/news...

Alexander Jefferson: Luft Gangster
11/15/2019

Alexander Jefferson: Luft Gangster

Happy 98th birthday to the man himself! The one, the only, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson!!!! Let’s show him some birthday love!!!! 🎂 🎁 🍰 🎁 Alex was born November 15, 1921. Salute to you my friend and hero!

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11/12/2019
Best sign I've ever seen

Best sign I've ever seen

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Academy airfield to be named after AF trailblazer
10/29/2019
Academy airfield to be named after AF trailblazer

Academy airfield to be named after AF trailblazer

The Air Force Academy will pay tribute to the barrier-breaking career of Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the Tuskegee Airman and World War II pilot, when it names its airfield in his honor, Nov. 1.

CAF Red Tail Squadron
10/24/2019

CAF Red Tail Squadron

This #ThrowbackThursday is an important one because it was 79 years ago, #OTDIH in 1940, that the War Department directed the US Army Air Corps to submit a plan for the establishment and training of an African American pursuit squadron. This squadron would later be known as the 99th Pursuit Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group and ultimately as the Tuskegee Airmen.

HBCU Today
10/09/2019

HBCU Today

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY alum, Mildred Hemmons Carter was the first black female pilot in Alabama and is counted among the history-making Tuskegee Airmen, too!

She and her husband (both Tuskegee alum & pilots) had a beautiful love story as well. See their story here: https://t.co/50yZ7vc1A2

[Thanks to Crystal Johnson and The Hundred Seven for this.]

Vintage & Iconic African American Everything
10/07/2019

Vintage & Iconic African American Everything

Tuskegee Airmen in Italy, 1944

Tuskegee Airmen Heritage Chapter
09/26/2019

Tuskegee Airmen Heritage Chapter

We had a great time at the 2019 Reno Air Races this year! Big thank you to Reno Air Association’s Kathy Harnack and Gloria Tomich for all your help in hosting the Tuskegee Airmen for this years Reno Air Races! Also big thanks to all who were able to come out and help at our booth, the D.O.T.A had a wonderful time thanks to all of our volunteers! 🏁

Below are some photographs taken by a couple of our heritage members in the chapter📸: Kelly Collin-Coulter, Richard Calvert.

09/18/2019
Colonel Charles McGee & The Tuskegee Airmen

Colonel Charles McGee & The Tuskegee Airmen

The story of Charles McGee, veteran of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, narrated by Tony-winning actor Leslie Odom, Jr. Col. McGee was honored at AVC’s program American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes, where he reflected upon his serv

Voices: Veterans Storytelling Project
09/15/2019

Voices: Veterans Storytelling Project

Getting excited about the Santa Ana Veterans Village opening in Santa Ana this spring! Veterans who are interested in leasing information should call 714-202-4900.

Florida Tuskegee Airmen - General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. Chapter
09/07/2019

Florida Tuskegee Airmen - General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. Chapter

Many thanks to STAR 94.5 and radio host Monica May for the wonderful interview of two Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA): Lt. Daniel Keel, one of only five Tuskegee Airmen to receive a triple airman rating (Pilot, Bombardier, and Navigator) and CMSgt Richard Hall, maintainer for the P-51 aircraft "Red Tails". #livinghistory #givinghistoryafuture #keepusflying

Listen to a recording of the interview online on the TAI Central Florida website https://www.tai-cfl.org/

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
09/03/2019

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

On September 1st of 1975 Lt. Gen Daniel "Chappie" James was promoted to the rank of four star general in the United States Air Force by President Gerald Ford. Gen. James also on this date became the very first African American to become a four-star general in a branch of the United States Armed Services.

Lake Charles Chapter President killed in a plane crash - Tuskegee Airmen Inc. - The legacy of The Tuskegee Airmen
08/18/2019
Lake Charles Chapter President killed in a plane crash - Tuskegee Airmen Inc. - The legacy of The Tuskegee Airmen

Lake Charles Chapter President killed in a plane crash - Tuskegee Airmen Inc. - The legacy of The Tuskegee Airmen

SHARE Facebook | Twitter Lake Charles Chapter President killed in a plane crash Tuskegee, AL, August 16, 2019 – Franklin J.P. Augustus, 69, died 3:20 p.m. Friday August 16, 2019 in a plane crash about a half-mile south of New Orleans Lakefront [Lake Pontchartrain’s] Airport. The plane in...

Red Summer
07/26/2019
Red Summer

Red Summer

Hundreds of African Americans died in a little known spate of white mob violence a century ago. A look back at the Red Summer attacks and the communities where they occurred.

Tuskegee Airmen Heritage Chapter
07/22/2019

Tuskegee Airmen Heritage Chapter

Please read below for Lieutenant Colonel James Harvey III’s biography. Thank you for your service and to all of those who are and have served! 🇺🇸

James H Harvey III was born on 13 July 1923 to Cornelia and James Harvey. He has a brother Charles and two sisters by the names of Dorothy and Cornelia. The four children were raised in Nuangola Station, PA and went to High School at Mountain Top, PA. In James Harvey’s four years in High School, he was Captain of the basketball team, anchor man on the tumbling team and in his Senior Year in High School; he was Class President and Valedictorian.
He reported to Tuskegee Army Air Field in December 1943. Started Primary Training at Moton Field, Tuskegee, AL in January 1944. After completing Primary Training, he was transferred back to Tuskegee Army Air Field in April 1944 for Basic and Advanced Flying Training. He completed training and graduated from the flying school on 16 October 1944 as a Second Lieutenant. During his Military Career, he was one of the Primary members of the 332nd Fighter Gunnery Team that won the Air Force “First Ever” Fighter Gunnery Meet (Gun Smoke) at Las Vegas AFB (Nellis) Nevada, in May 1949. He was the first Black Jet Fighter Pilot to fly missions over Korea and flew 126 combat missions in support of the ground troops.
James H Harvey III retired from the United States Air Force on 31 May 1965 as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in service these are the aircraft Lt. Col. Harvey flew, PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, P-40, P-47, P-51, F-80, T-33, F-86A, E, F & D models, F-89, F-94 and F-102. Harvey’s Awards & Decorations included Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Reserve Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal.
His post Military Awards included Along with the other Tuskegee Airmen was awarded the “Congressional Gold Medal” in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
11/01/2008 - The Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame awarded their “2008 Achievement Award” to the Tuskegee Airmen.
Dr. Florence Parrish-St John presented the award and James H Harvey III accepted the Award on behalf of all the Tuskegee Airmen.
01/25/2009 - The “Tuskegee Airmen” received the “2009 Trumpet Award” as “Heroes”, at the 17th Annual Trumpet Awards Ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, GA. Fredricka Whitfield of CNN presented the Award and James H Harvey III accepted the Award on behalf of all the Tuskegee Airmen.
04/06/2011 - James H Harvey III received “The Brigadier General Noel F Parrish Award” at the Tuskegee Airmen 40th National Convention. The highest honor given to a fellow Tuskegee Airman.
02/13/2012 - James H Harvey III received the “Rachael B Noel Hope for The Future Award” along with Denver Mayor Michael B Hancock and Carlotta Walls Lanier, youngest of the “Little Rock Nine”.
06/07/2012 - James H Harvey III was chosen as an “Eagle” to participate in the Gathering of The Eagles Celebration at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. We told our stories to the 2012 Command and Staff School graduating class which consisted of 576 students from countries all over the world. The “Eagles” are a diverse and accomplished group of “Aviation Legends”.
06/30/2012 - James H Harvey III received the “Freedom Award” from the American Freedom Foundation in Provo, UT.

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. National Office
07/13/2019

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. National Office

An amendment to the House’s version of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act from Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) asks to promote retired Col. Charles McGee to brigadier general. McGee, 99 who served 30 years in the Air Force, including with the “Red Tails” during World War II.

Happy 243rd Birthday America [July 4, 2019]
07/04/2019
Happy 243rd Birthday America [July 4, 2019]

Happy 243rd Birthday America [July 4, 2019]

Under the constitutional premise that “all men are created equal,” the Tuskegee Airmen thank the American people for opening the doors of opportunity…

Tuskegee Airman James Shipley To Be HonoredNearly 80 years ago, James Shipley of Tipton, Missouri, completed the elevent...
06/28/2019

Tuskegee Airman James Shipley To Be Honored

Nearly 80 years ago, James Shipley of Tipton, Missouri, completed the eleventh grade at Harrison School - an all-Black school that existed in the days prior to the desegregation of the school system in Missouri. Lacking the resources to travel to Sedalia in the early 1940s to finish the last year of high school, he went to work for a local mechanic. A couple of years later, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces and went on to become a mechanic with the famed Tuskegee Airmen in Italy. In recognition of his service and the education he received in the military, he will be awarded his honorary high school diploma from the state of Missouri during a special ceremony. The public is welcome to attend.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1003 located at 105 Irwin Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65109.

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Chicago, IL
60619-9326

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Please help us make this commemoration a memorable milestone for our remaining Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen and their families. To help celebrate this milestone 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.

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I can reproduce any Tuskegee Airman's Tunic. See sample photo attached. Joe [email protected]
This Bailey lithograph was signed by 8 of the airmen and has biographies of 7 of them. It is going to auction next week outside of Chicago and deserves attention.