Tuskegee Airmen honored on Veterans Day even as military lacks officer diversity

Tuskegee Airmen honored on Veterans Day even as military lacks officer diversity

Veterans Day honors Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy inspiring Black leaders

WASHINGTON – The Army’s top officer for personnel will salute a legendary Black unit on Veterans Day as he pushes for greater diversity in the ranks.

Lt. Gen. Gary Brito became aware in high school of the Tuskegee Airmen – more than 15,000 Black pilots, mechanics and cooks in the segregated Army of World War II. The soldiers flew more than 15,000 sorties and destroyed more than 100 German aircraft after training at Moton Field in Alabama.

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