Birmingham, AL (March 4, 2020) – “The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II,” explains TuskegeeAirmen.org. “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.”
March 5th, the Birmingham Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) will attend the Joint Legislative Session following Governor Kay Ivey’s signing of the Tuskegee Airmen Day Proclamation. This event will occur 10:00am at the Alabama State House, 11 Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama.
March 7th, activities will start at 10:00am at the historic Moton Field Municipal Airport, 1721 General B.O. Davis Jr., Drive, Tuskegee, Alabama 36083; and the official program is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm. General McGhee is expected to participate in the festivities. COMTO will be in attendance and participate in this event.
March 12th, COMTO Birmingham Chapter Meeting, beginning at 3:30pm will be held at the Southern Flight Museum, 4343 73rd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35206; followed by a tour of the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit housed in the Birmingham museum. We will conclude with a short program with anticipated remarks from the Museum’s Director and the current Moton Airport Director on the historical significance of the Airmen to the transportation industry.
Previously, on December 9, 2019, the COMTO Birmingham Chapter also hosted its Annual Holiday Mixer. The Chapter utilized the event to publicly acknowledge several leaders of major transportation facilities across the state of Alabama.
COMTO member Michael H. Bell, former chairman of the Birmingham Airport Authority emphasized the significance of recognizing the transportation executives in attendance. “Two years ago, out of more than 450 commercial service airports across the country, there were only nine African-American CEO-Executives leading an airport. We are very fortunate to have three of them leading major airports right here in Alabama, and they are in attendance with us this evening.” Marshall Taggart, Montgomery Regional Airport CEO; Ronald Mathieu, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport CEO; Christopher Curry, Mobile Airport Authority CEO (the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, the Mobile Downtown Airport, and the Mobile Regional Airport) and Frank Martin, Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) CEO.