Tuskegee Airmen offer accounts of early military racial integration efforts
March 8, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Army Space Soldiers of the 1st Space Brigade conducted their first Black History Program Feb. 26 at the brigade headquarters with a look back at the famous Tuskegee Experiment to include a multimedia presentation.
"Tuskegee Airmen" refers to all who were involved in the so-called "Tuskegee Experiment," the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.
Retired Air Force Col. James E.P. Randall, long time member of Colorado's Hubert L. "Hooks" Jones Chapter of The Tuskegee Airmen, was the guest speaker. He along with three other chapter members (all retired Air Force): Col. Lowell Bell; Capt. Samuel C. Hunter Jr.; and Chief Master Sgt. Loran Smith gave stirring accounts of the struggles and triumphs of racial integration in military during and after World War II.
At the end of the program Col. James Meisinger, commander of the 1st Space Brigade, presented the group with mementos and Soldiers of the brigade then had an opportunity to talk with these honored veterans.