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Local school boys attend Tuskegee Airman Career Day

Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

315th Security Forces members Staff Sgt. Ontavis Grant and Senior Airman Yuko Kojimoto talk about the tools of their trade with students. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. (Photo courtesy Eric Keys)

Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

628th Air Base Wing Commander, Col. Terrence Adams was the guest speaker at this year's Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. (Photo courtesy Eric Keys)

Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

Col. Bobby Degregorio, 315th Mission Support Group commander presents 1st place essay contest winner John Murray, from R.B. Stall High School, with a check for $100. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. (Photo courtesy Eric Keys)

Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

Col. Bobby Degregorio, 315th Mission Support Group commander, presents 2nd place essay contest winner Max Coria, R.B. Stall High School with a check for $75. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. (Photo courtesy Eric Keys)

Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

Col. Bobby Degregorio, 315th Mission Support commander, presents 3rd place essay contest winner Joshua McKinley-Hill, Summerville High School with a check for $50. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. (Photo courtesy Eric Keys)

Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

315th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Adam Willis administers the oath of enlistment to Jordan Johnson at the Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. Johnson will be joining the 315th Security Forces Squadron after he completes basic training in Texas. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. (Photo courtesy Eric Keys)

Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

701st Airlift Squadron Pilot, Lt. Col. Susan Gordon explains operations on the flight deck of a C-17 Globemaster III to students. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day (Photo courtesy Eric Keys)

Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

In the cargo area of a C-17 Globemaster III, Capt. Gerald Ubaka, 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, speaks with Tuskegee Airmen Career Day attendees about the AE mission. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. (Photo courtesy Eric Keys)

Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

Attendees of the 315th Airlift Wing Tuskegee Airmen Career Day speak with Reserve loadmasters in the nose dock hangarSeventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. (Photo courtesy Eric Keys)

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Engineers from Naval Information Warfare Center Charleston speak with career day attendees. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

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Career Day attendees speak with a Marine about jobs available. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

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A cadet from Charleston Southern's ROTC program speaks with attendees at the Tuskegee Airmen Career Day. Seventy eight boys from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

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Seventy eight from 13 Lowcountry high schools braved chilly winds and wet weather to visit Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 20 to learn about jobs in aviation as part of the 315th Airlift Wing’s 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day

This year’s guest speaker was Col. Terrence Adams, 628th Air Base Wing commander.  Adams spoke to the young men about how he grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama.  He explained his decision to join the military and various milestones in his career.

This was the first year that the career day offered an essay contest, which asked attendees to write about an inspiring pilot.  This year’s winners were:

1st - $100 scholarship - John Murray, R.B. High School

2nd - $75 scholarship - Max Coria, R.B. Stall High School

3rd - $50 scholarship - Joshua McKinley-Hill, Summerville High School

The boys also toured a C-17 Globemaster III where they met loadmasters, pilots and aeromedical technicians who explained their duties on the jet.

In the nose dock hangar, the boys were fed a pizza lunch and they toured career tables, which included 315th Security Forces members, 628th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, recruiters from each military branch, representatives from Boeing and various colleges.

Tuskegee Airmen were instrumental to victory over Germany during World War II, they also represent other victories as well. The 996 African American pilots and more than 15,000 ground personnel who served with these units flew more than 15,500 combat sorties and earned more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses.

The career day was part of the efforts of the 315th Airlift Wing to encourage young men to explore opportunities in aviation and to commemorate Black History Month.

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