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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    Air Force pilot, three-time POW survived German, Korean and Vietnamese prisons.