Honoring African American Heroes in the Army During Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration for all Americans to recognize the impact of the Black community throughout our history. It is a time to highlight the achievements of African Americans and honor the brave men and women who made – and continue to make – significant contributions within the U.S. military.
The U.S. Army Reserve embraces diversity to maximize individual talent, increase morale and enhance military effectiveness – regardless of race, creed, or color. It is committed to leveraging the strength of its diverse force and ensuring equality for all Soldiers, Army civilians, and Army Families.
When individuals succeed, America succeeds. To this end, Army Reserve leaders continue to shape policies to ensure everyone has equal opportunities in the workplace.
African Americans have served in the Army for more than two centuries, exemplifying the courage and leadership that have empowered generations of Soldiers to answer the call to duty to defend our nation. Today’s Army stands on the tradition of sacrifice of African American Soldiers, including:
- The Louisiana Free Men of Color who fought the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812
- The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment of the Union Army
- The Harlem Hell Fighters of New York’s 369th Infantry Regiment in WWI The Tuskegee Airmen
- The “Triple Nickels” the all-black airborne unit in WWII
- The brave drivers of the “Red Ball Express,” who brought supplies to Allied forces after D-Day The “Black Panthers” of the 761st Tank Battalion in WWII
- Their myriad talent, skills and abilities will continue to meet the challenges of the future.
Brigadier General Patricia Wallace, the first African American and female to command the 91st Training Command, Fort Hunter Liggett, CA joined me to talk about these great achievements and more.