The First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
Coming up with a name for this chapter took a lot of thought and consideration. But fittingly, our name was decided in conjunction with our Arnold Air Counter parts at NATCON 2016 as our sister AAS chapter and first president were having some good ol' Texas BBQ.
Our sister Squadron is the Andrew D. Turner Squadron, named after one of the Captains of the Tuskegee Airmen. The First Lady Eleanor was the Activator of the Tuskegee Airmen, and a strong advocate for them as they continued to fight for the United States of America. Not only was the First Lady a strong supporter of the Tuskegee Airmen and their training, but of Air Power in general, just as Silver Wings is.
This First Lady was the longest serving First Lady and changed what the role of First Lady of the United States looked like. She was a woman who stood for change, unity, and revolution. She was a friend and supporter of Amelia Earhart, she was an advocate for change and a connector between the public and those who defend it, she was a politician, she was a diplomat, she was an advocate, she was a spokes person to the United Nations, she was a daughter, a sister, a mother, and a wife. She was outstanding and she leaves a bold and timeless legacy.
She was and is a spectacular example of what we, as members of Silver Wings, and citizens of the United States of America can hope to be now, and in the future - Vessels of Change and Connectors of society.
Number of Active Members: 24
Number of Associate Members: 0
Number of Cadets: 5
Training to be completed: 23 February 2018
Number of Volunteer Hours thus far: Coming soon!
Technical Majors: 1
The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. They proved conclusively that African Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen’s achievements, together with the men and women who supported them, paved the way for full integration of the U.S. military.
Image Source: http://tuskegeeairmen.org
Capt. Andrew D. Turner
Commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, 15th Air Force, waves from the cockpit of his North American P-51C-10-NT Mustang "Skipper's Darlin' III."
Image Source: http://worldwar2database.com/gallery/wwii0018