68TH UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY — Dear Fellow Tuskegeeans: Sept. 18, 2015 was the 68th birthday of the United States Air Force. Of the scores of photographs used to tell the story, the Air Force selected my image below for the front poster. Please share with me one of the greatest honors I have ever received. What humbles me most is the fact that so many others made my success in the Air Force possible. It began at “Mother Tuskegee” in 1957.
The president, administrators, professors, teachers, and students were all part of it. Those of us who came after the original Tuskegee Airmen were privileged to stand on powerful shoulders! Those of you who walked the hallowed grounds and halls are part of the legacy. Those of you who served in the military during my career may also take credit for helping to inspire me to become who I am today. Thus, my appearance on the birthday poster of USAF reflects your accomplishments, contributions, encouragement, love, and support. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and to God be the glory!
Col. Richard Toliver, USAF, RET.