Luke hosts Tuskegee Airman, honors Black History Month

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Ashby, Tuskegee Airman, autographs a toy model P-47 Thunderbolt during the 2018 Tuskegee Airmen Honor Event at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 15, 2018. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps who performed more than 15,000 combat sorties, including 200 escort missions, earning them more than 850 service medals.
 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Col. Michael Richardson, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, shakes hands with retired Lt. Col. Robert Ashby, Tuskegee Airman, during the 2018 Tuskegee Airmen Honor Event at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 15, 2018. Following the event, Airmen participated in a meet-and-greet with Ashby to thank him for the contributions made to the Air Force throughout his career.
 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Ashby, Tuskegee Airman, speaks to Thunderbolts during the 2018 Tuskegee Airmen Honor Event at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 15, 2018. During the event, Ashby spoke about the significant contributions and achievements made by the Tuskegee Airmen that helped shape aviation history.
 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing occupational safety manager, speaks to Thunderbolts during the 2018 Tuskegee Airmen Honor Event at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 15, 2018. The event was held to commemorate Black History Month and recognize the continued achievements and contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen to the Air Force culture.