I have just finished reading your book. Congratulations on putting together a precise, and illuminating outline, on the transformation of Black Pilot training from the 1940s to the 2000s. A lot has happened during that time, some good and some bad, but the progress has continued. From what I have observed, as I have become frequently involved with the Air Force since retiring, is that there is more awareness being observed. I don't think that we will ever get rid of the human input, but there are less disagreeable aspects now.
The individuals (who shared their stories in your book) have given some thoughtful inputs, that can be discussed and observed in the future. The only negative observation is that one individual’s input was more about himself rather than how the process could be handled… More emphasis on how his situation could be handled would help in situations like he experienced. In our country, my observation is there is more widespread hate among us than ever, and it seems to be increasing, but somehow, we have to learn how to work together…
I enjoyed reading about what was going on (in Air Force pilot training) and how so many handled it. Col McGee should have been promoted on his record versus being considered for an honorable promotion, but that was then, there have been many hateful decisions back then. I look at Larry Jackson's career, which is similar to mine, full military career, then a complete airline career. He didn't have to put up with the things that I did, but that was back then. Things are improving.
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