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2019 Tidewater Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Souvenir Journal

CMSgt Claude Vann, Jr.

​​​​​​1st FW'S "First" Sr. Enlisted Advisor (AKA cmd CMSgt) 

It was recently learned that USAF (Ret) CMSgt Claude Vann, Jr., Father of Tidewater Chapter's Past President, Army LTC (Ret) Claude Vann, III, was actually the 1st FW's very first Chief!

Please Click on the Photo above to learn more from Active Duty Command CMSgts from the 1st Fighter Wing & HQ Air Combat Command (formerly HQ Tactical Air Command...TAC).  To help raise funds for a Bust in CMSgt Vann's image, Click on Green Charity Navigator Button.

​​​​​​Tuskegee Airmen - 4th July

WTKR Interview 

Hampton, VA – On July 4, 2020, Documented Original Tuskegee Airman, SGT Thomas Newton, appeared on WTKR, Channel 3 News for an Interview. See photos. (Interview Link coming).

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Help us continue the proud 75-year+ Tuskegee Airmen legacy of Excellence! Click Home  above, then Membership to see Dues & complete an application to become a member of the Tidewater Chapter TAI! Meetings: 2d Wednesday each month, 6:00 pm, Ruppert Sargent Bldg, 1 Franklin St, Hampton, 23669

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​​2021 Tuskegee Airmen Chapter Scholarship Donations

Donations are being accepted to assist 2021 Tidewater Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Scholarship/Education Assistance Winners. To donate, Click on DONATE NOW above, then Chapter Education/Scholarship ​Link to make a donation. On behalf of our future 2021 Winners, THANKS to ALL Donors and Chapter Members in advance for your support!! Stay healthy/safe!! 



 "We came during a time when everybody, or America, said we were nothing. We came through a troublesome world; we fought a battle that they said we weren't capable of fighting.  No longer do we question whether we can accomplish a mission, we now can join the crowd that says, 'Yes, we can!' "

DOTA Grant Williams Sr., Virginian-Pilot Interview 2009 after attending the Presidential Inauguration 



​2022 Tidewater Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Drone Camp:  Completed!



​​New Tuskegee Airman Surfaces

in Hampton, VA 

HAMPTON, Va. –  On Wednesday, 20 October 2019, the Tidewater Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. had the honor of introducing to the public SGT Thomas Newton, another Documented Original Tuskegee Airman in the Hampton Roads area.  See photos of SGT Newton, his Family, VIPs, Chapter Members and Friends.  More photos & video recordings forthcoming. Standby ALL!

Note: 2019 Photo Last Gathering; 2020 & 2021 Scholarships Awarded Despite COVID! Your Donations Helped!!

WHEN:  June 28 - July 1, 2022; 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

SPONSORS/DONORS: Tidewater Chapter-TAI is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization


3 August 2019, Newport News, Virginia

(More Gala Photos, Click About Us & Recent Events)



​(Photos Courtesy Army LTC (Ret) Claude Vann, III and USAF MSgt (Ret) Chip Harris)

​​​​Tuskegee Airmen Visit

UM Eastern Shores 

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – It was a very memorable Veterans Day for hundreds of local students who heard from two living legends. Colonel Charles McGee and Dr. Harry Quinton, two documented original Tuskegee Airmen, were honored at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday.


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Photos by LTC (Ret) Claude Vann, III

Honorary Red Tail Jacket Ceremony, Tuesday February 27th, 10:30 AM EST.


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