This book is the third in a series of books that focus on diversity in the Air Force, primarily in the pilot ranks. The first book in the series is titled “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling,” and its sequel is titled “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience.” Although this book is written to stand alone, reading the previous two books on this topic will give the reader a much richer experience.
This book will have a different tone than the previous books. It will have a different tone for several reasons. The first book in the series was written mostly with research that I conducted during my Air Force career. The second book focused more heavily on the experience of African Americans in pilot training. This book is being written nearly eleven years after I retired and during a period of racial and social upheaval, the likes of which I have never seen. It was impossible to write about diversity and the “state of the union” inside the Air Force’s gates without touching on the “state of the union” outside them.
I will also, as I have done in previous books, take time to pay tribute and honor to African American Air Force leaders, past and present, to enlighten the reader on the rich leadership heritage of African American officers and on the paths they took to obtain the success that they achieved.
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