Members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen gathered at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, recently to talk about the early years of racial integration in the military. Lt. Col. James Harvey III and Lt. Col. Harry Stewart jointly lectured on the “Integration of the Air Force: the Early Years.” The two retired Air Forces pilots were joined by another Tuskegee Airman, retired MSgt. Buford Johnson, a crew chief, for a tour of the museum. The Tuskegee veterans credit the Air Force as being at the forefront of racial integration, but Stewart said he believes there is still “token resistance here and there.”
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.