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Cutrona Supports 'Ohio Tuskegee Airmen Day'

December 9, 2020
Al Cutrona News

State Rep. Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) supported the passage of House Bill 361, known as establishing “Ohio Tuskegee Airmen Day.” The legislation designates that March 29 will serve as “Ohio Tuskegee Airmen Day.” The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Cutrona is a cosponsor of the bill.

“It was my honor today to stand in solidarity with all my colleagues in remembering the dedication and sacrifices by the Tuskegee Airmen as they diligently served our country during World War II,” said Cutrona.

The Tuskegee Airmen’s inception began through an Army Air Corps program that was administered through the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The program trained black Americans to fly and maintain combat aircrafts before and during WWII.

The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, and bombardiers. The term also refers to the maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all other personnel involved in keeping the planes and pilots in the air.

The Tuskegee Airmen became one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. Their accomplishments during the war led to full integration of the U.S. military.

The bill passed unanimously in the Ohio House and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.