Tuskegee Airmen selected as Spirit of Independence Award Recipient

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 08/07 2014 04:14PM

Updated 08/07 2014 04:17PM

The Independence Bowl Foundation has selected the Tuskegee Airmen as the recipient of the 2014 Omar N. Bradley "Spirit of Independence Award."

Independence Bowl Foundation chairman Paul Pratt said, "This is a very special year because the Tuskegee Airmen have been instrumental in representing democracy and independence that we all enjoy in the United States. We are so elated to honor them in our city and at our bowl game.

As we prepare for the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl, we are very excited to continue to celebrate the reason why we got started back in 1976."  

Two documented original Tuskegee Airmen Ret. Staff Sgt. Homer Hogues and Ret. Lt. Calvin Spann will be on hand to accept the Spirit of Independence Award at halftime of the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl.

Ret. Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, National President of Tuskegee Airman, Inc., will also be in attendance on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the United States armed forces, making up the 332nd Fighter Group and 447th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army. Because the military was still segregated, the black pilots trained at Moton Field and Tuskegee Army Air Field, both in Tuskegee, Ala.

More information about the Tuskegee Experience can be found on the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. website at http://www.tuskegeeairmen.org.

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