African American History Month

Friday, February 26, 2016

TSA celebrated African-American History Month yesterday with a special event at headquarters. The event included a panel discussion with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II in a commemorative program titled “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American memories.”

The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated and determined servicemen who became America’s first black airmen during a time when the U.S. military was racially segregated. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson provided opening remarks acknowledging four Tuskegee Airmen, who participated in the discussion.

United States Air Force Retiree Colonel Charles E. McGee, Aircraft Maintenance Technician Major L. Anderson, and Aviation Cadets William T. Fauntroy, Jr. and Walter K. Robinson shared their memories of perseverance, dedication and triumph with DHS and TSA employees.

“You’re the reason that people like me stay in service,” said TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger, who provided the program’s closing remarks. “You all changed the world and you engaged the world. That is something we will all remember forever.”