Frank Petersen Jr. was the first black Marine aviator, and he didn't stop there!
CMSgt James Cotten: In the Interest of the Nation
“I learned about respect. Regardless of what color you are, whether you’re male or female, what got me through was my respect and understanding of people.” As a Tuskegee Airman and the first African American at Langley Air Force Base, James Cotten helped bridge the social gaps present in America at the height of racial tension. His dedication to his country and the American dream played a part in shaping the future of our Air Force and ultimately our nation.