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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For Immediate Release: November 22, 2016

 

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Sen. Anastasia Pittman is joined by Ed Woodward Jr., (L) Charles B Hall chapter Vice-President and Mahlon Smith, (R) Charles B Hall Chapter President..
Sen. Anastasia Pittman is joined by Ed Woodward Jr., (L) Charles B Hall chapter Vice-President and Mahlon Smith, (R) Charles B Hall Chapter President.

 

Senator Anastasia Pittman is presented an honorary membership in the Tuskegee Airmen Charles B. Hall Chapter of Oklahoma City.   Pictured left to right are: Mahlon Smith, Thomas Dubose, Robert Phillips, Karl Wilburn, Sen. Pittman, Duboise Gooden, Ed Woodward Jr., and Tom Harmon.
Senator Anastasia Pittman is presented an honorary membership in the Tuskegee Airmen Charles B. Hall Chapter of Oklahoma City. Pictured left to right are: Mahlon Smith, Thomas Dubose, Robert Phillips, Karl Wilburn, Sen. Pittman, Duboise Gooden, Ed Woodward Jr., and Tom Harmon.


Sen. Pittman granted honorary Tuskegee Airman membership

State Senator Anastasia A. Pittman became an honorary member of Oklahoma City’s Charles B. Hall Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen during the Alpha Phi Alpha 5th annual Veterans’ Day program on November 3.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators when Tuskegee University was awarded the U.S. Army Air Corps contract to help train America’s first black military aviators. The all-Black 332nd Fighter Group was comprised originally of four fighter squadrons, the 99th, the 100th, the 301st and the 302nd. In the years spanning from 1941 to 1946, approximately 1,000 African American pilots were trained at the Tuskegee University facility. The Airmen's success in escorting bombers during World War II is a record unmatched by any other fighter group.

The honorary membership presentation was led by Mahlon Smith, President of the local Charles B. Hall Chapter. He said Pittman’s contributions to honor and preserve the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen were noted by those in the organization.
“The granting of an honorary membership to Senator Pittman was an easy decision because of her continued support for promoting the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, and support for youth aerospace education,” Smith said.

Pittman also authored a Senate resolution and presented it earlier this year in the Senate chamber recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen, and honoring the three original Oklahoma Tuskegee Airmen. The resolution acknowledged Faythe A. McGinnis of class 42F of Muskogee, Oklahoma as the first Tuskegee Airman to be killed in a training accident; Charles B. Hall of class 42F of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as the first African American Tuskegee Airman to shoot down an enemy aircraft; and Robert C. Smith, of class 45D of Muskogee, Oklahoma as a prominent and well-respected community leader in his hometown.

“I am humbled to be recognized as an honorary member of the Charles B. Hall Chapter,” Pittman said. “These airmen fought with a vision of independence for their country, as well as their future children and grandchildren, during a time where they also faced segregation and oppressive laws. I am proud of their commitment to their country and the integration of our armed forces. The heritage and legacy these airmen exhibit is to be honored and respected.”

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Sen. Sparks: 405-521-5531

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