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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — From the 17th century to present day, the story of the United States could not be told without Black Americans. Patriots like Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. each played critical roles in advancing the cause of equality for all Americans, regardless of their sex, creed or color. Each February, during Black History Month, we honor and increase focus on the phenomenal contributions of all Black Americans

Black Americans are leaders in their homes, communities, workplaces, civic organizations and society.

Black Americans have defended our nation since the Revolutionary War. Their history of courage and professionalism is clearly demonstrated by storied units like the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, more famously known as the “Triple Nickels,” and the Tuskegee Airmen. That legacy lives on in the nearly 270,000 Black Americans who serve in today’s Army.

Black Americans bring diverse thoughts and experiences that enrich our teams, our capabilities, and our success across our mission sets. Their service, their sacrifice, knowledge, and skills make our military strong and contribute to our nation’s defense. We are incredibly proud to serve with all of our Black Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, civilians and their families. Your leadership inspires us and provides a great example for all Americans to emulate. Thank you for all that you do to support Fort Leonard Wood and the United States of America.

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