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Black History Month

Maj. Gen. Nadja West

"For more than 200 years, African-Americans have participated in every conflict in United States history. They have not only fought bravely the common enemies of the United States but have also had to confront the individual and institutional racism of their countrymen."

-- Retired Lt. Col. Michael Lee Lanning, author, "The African-American Soldier: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell."

Over the last two centuries, many African Americans have served the U.S. military with distinction, but have also had to do it in a national climate which was not always accepting of their backgrounds or skin color. From Crispus Attucks in the Revolutionary War to the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II to today's military leaders, African Americans have made an indelible impact on American's military forces, and played a crucial role in its successes.

With February designed as Black History Month, Military.com has gathered individual tales of African American achievement, valor and sacrifice to commemorate the month, and celebrate the ongoing contributions of African Americans to our nation's military.

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