Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz is now an honorary member of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II fame. Retired Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, Tuskegee Airmen Inc., president, bestowed Schwartz with an honorary membership during a ceremony in the Pentagon last week attended by six original Tuskegee members. Byron Morris, Tuskegee Airmen East Coast Chapter president, also presented Schwartz with a Tuskegee Airmen red jacket. Schwartz joined Gen. Merrill McPeak and Gen. Ronald Fogleman as the only Air Force Chiefs of Staff to be honorary members in the famous group of black airmen who flew fighter escorts during World War II and helped to break down racial barriers in the US military. (Air Force photo caption by Scott M. Ash) (For more background, read Tuskegee Airmen from the Air Force Magazine archives.)
Feb. 20, 2024
A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper was shot down off the coast of Yemen by Houthi fighters, defense officials said Feb. 20. “Initial indications are that it was shot down by a Houthi surface-to-air missile,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters.