LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Tuskegee Airmen flight instructor Milton Crenchaw will speak at a Black History Month event at Camp Robinson.
The Warrior Transition Unit based at Camp Robinson will host Crenchaw, who is also an Arkansas native.
Crenchaw will speak on his experiences with the Tuskegee Airmen as today's Soldiers and Airmen honor Black History Month beginning at 10 a.m.
Little Rock native, Milton Crenchaw, is considered the father of black aviation in Arkansas as he was the first Arkansan to be successfully trained by the federal government as a civilian licensed pilot. He overcame racism and bigotry to serve his country during World War II as a civilian flight instructor.
Crenchaw was named Primary Flight Instructor in 1942 at Tuskegee Army Air Field, Ala., where he taught many pilots and cadets known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Later on, he became the first black instructor to teach at a predominately white airbase when he was stationed at Camp Rucker, Ala.
Crenchaw has received numerous awards to include induction into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame in 1998. Crenshaw also received the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress when he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush on March 29, 2007.
The Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit (CBWTU) is a Department of the Army program designed to assist and provide Wounded Warrior care with a focus on medical treatment while the Soldier is at their home. CBWTU provides command and control and medical case management to Army Soldiers injured or ill as the result of their military service during the Global War on Terrorism.
This type of treatment allows them to be within their family support network and gives them the ability to receive treatment from local physicians and specialists.