Coast Guard celebrates Black History Month by honoring Tuskegee Airmen

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. - Captain Anthony Popiel, Commanding Officer of Sector North Carolina, along with Master Chief Petty Officer Angela Rodriguez take a picture with Leonard "Hawk" Hunter, Feb. 1. The Coast Guard observed the beginning of Black History Month with stories of the Tuskegee Airmen Tuesday. Hunter, a spokesman for the Wilson V. Eagleson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in Goldsboro gave a presentation to more then 50 Coast Guardsmen. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Tim Braun ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – The Coast Guard observed the beginning of Black History Month with stories of the Tuskegee Airmen Tuesday.

Leonard Hunter, a spokesman for the Wilson V. Eagleson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in Goldsboro gave a presentation to more then 50 Coast Guardsmen.

Hunter recounted stories to the audience from the training days at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Ala., to the combat missions during World War II before concluding with the protest by airmen which led to the integration of the military.

From 1941 through 1946, 996 African American pilots graduated from Tuskegee Army Air Field, receiving commissions and pilot wings.

For more information on the Tuskegee Airmen visit http://www.tuskegeeairmen.org

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