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  • Gen. Daniel R. “Chappie” James Jr. (1920-1978), a Tuskegee Airman who trained and served during World War II, in 1975 became the first African American to achieve the grade of four-star general. (U.S. Air Force photo)
    Gen Daniel "Chappie" James Jr.
    From Tuskegee Airman to First Black four-star, James realized an American dream.
  • Official portrait of astronaut Guion S. Bluford. Bluford, a member of Astronaut Class 8 and the United States Air Force (USAF), poses in his launch and entry suit. (NASA photo)
    Col. Guion S. Bluford Jr.
    After combat missions over Vietnam, Air Force pilot flew on to become America's first African American astronaut.
  • Benjamin O. Davis Sr. (Air Force Photo)
    Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Sr.
    After a slow rise through the ranks, Davis became U.S. Military's first African American flag officer.
  • Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm. (DoD photo)
    Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm
    First woman two-star general, still championed women in the military after retirement.
  • Col. Vernon P. Ligon Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo)
    Col. Vernon P. Ligon Jr.
    Air Force pilot, three-time POW survived German, Korean and Vietnamese prisons.