1/31/2012 - HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- One of the nation's famed Tuskegee Airmen will visit the Hill Aerospace Museum at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 2.
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. James H. Harvey III will speak about his experiences including being the first African American pilot to fly combat missions over Korean airspace.
The base's African American Heritage Committee helped arrange the event with the help of the Hill Aerospace Heritage Foundation.
Staff Sgt. Tchaikovsky Crosley of the 75th Security Forces Squadron said he's excited the base and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to learn about African American history and Air Force history in one venue.
"We always hear about the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks," he said. "It's the people you don't hear about like Lt. Col. Harvey whose contributions are just as important and directly affect the reason I'm able to wear this uniform today."
"The Tuskegee Airmen are a glittering part of our history," said Hill Aerospace Heritage Foundation Chairman and retired Lt. Gen. Marc Reynolds. "It's important that the public understands the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen to the war effort."
This event is free and open to the public. Patrons will have an opportunity to take photos with Lt. Col. Harvey at the conclusion of the event.