A new partnership between the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) and Tuskegee University — called Project Tuskegee — will introduce the university's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets to opportunities available within the AFGSC, such as becoming Eighth Air Force aircrew members or Twentieth Air Force missileers.
Tuskegee and AFGSC have a strong historical connection, dating back to the heroic Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, who shot down German jet fighters while escorting B-17 bombers on a mission to Berlin, Germany in March 1945.
The commander of AFGSC, Gen. Anthony Cotton pointed to this historical connection when announcing the partnership, saying that Project Tuskegee intends to "reinforce the historical connection between the Tuskegee Airmen and Air Force Global Strike Command."
“All Airmen stand on the shoulders of the Tuskegee Airmen,” Cotton said. “The Tuskegee Airmen were critical to the success of bomber forces during World War II, proving that we are better when everyone has an opportunity to contribute.
“My charge is to deliver long-range strike across the globe, and I am always looking for ways to improve our force while embracing our rich history,” Cotton added. “Through this partnership with Tuskegee University, we are honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and their historical connection to Air Force Global Strike Command.”
AFGSC is responsible for all United States Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, the future Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, as well as all bomber aircraft. As it begins working with a new generation of weapon systems built on modern technologies, the AGSC says it is looking for "the best and brightest talent" that's "necessary to fly, fight, and win."
It's hoping that the partnership will "create a culture of unity that welcomes talent from all walks of life to Striker Nation."
“Tuskegee University continues to foster the legacy of those who broke barriers and changed the course of history,” said Tuskegee University President Dr. Charlotte Morris. “The unique talent that stems from Tuskegee University adds value to the Air Force and Air Force Global Strike Command, and we are looking forward to a great partnership.”