Tuskegee Airmen receive Spirit of Independence Award

The Tuskegee Airmen were recently recognized for their courage and valor in combat, as they helped pave the way for racial integration in the armed services, by receiving the 2014 Omar N. Bradley “Spirit of Independence Award” in a ceremony held at the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. Representing the Tuskegee Airmen at the ceremony were Homer Hogues and Calvin Spann, according to a report at Military.com.

The context of a Mann

Hiram Mann

On Friday, May 23, Hiram Mann was laid to rest. After 92 years his body had given all it had to give.

He was my friend. I’m sorry to say I was not at the ceremony with his family, his illustrious peers, and others who witnessed a U.S Air Force honor guard attending to his interment. Rather, I was a thousand miles away attending the wedding of my son. It was a wonderful wedding, but I must admit, Hiram was on my mind the whole time. He was not your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill kind of guy.

If you ever find yourself searching for an example of how one man can make a profound and lasting difference in the world, consider Hiram’s life as proof.

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Red Tail pilots to be honored with monument at Orlando Science Center


ORLANDO, Fla. — On Monday, Nov. 11, Mike McKenzie, founder of Vision of Flight, hopes to give some long overdue recognition to a group of African-American World War II  pilots. Known as the Red Tail Pilots, these Tuskegee Airmen played a quintessential role in U.S. aviation history in spite of the racial discrimination they faced at the time. While the Tuskegee Airmen were collectively awarded a Gold Medal by Congress at a 2007 ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, the Red Tail Pilots have yet to receive such an honor.

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NBAA to honor Tuskegee Airmen


The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will bestow the organization’s highest award — NBAA’s 2012 Meritorious Service to Aviation — to the Tuskegee Airmen, Oct. 31, during a general session of the association’s Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) in Orlando, Florida.

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