Buckley pays tribute to Tuskegee Airman, Retired Buffalo Soldiers
By Airman 1st Class Nigel R. Sims, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 04, 2011
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Buckley hosted a Black History Month luncheon to pay tribute to a Tuskegee Airman, along with retired members of the Buffalo Soldiers on Feb. 28 at the Leadership Development Center.
The occasion was celebrated by song and dance from different members of the program followed by a food tasting period catered by Urban Chefs Grill.
While members of Team Buckley enjoyed refreshments, members of the Aurora Central High School Chorus retold the stories of the hardships, struggles, and the paths taken to overcome adversity enlisted African American pioneers who helped pave the road for all military personnel today.
The distinguished guests, such as retired Lt. Col. John W. Mosley Jr., did not hesitate to give his account on the trials and tribulations he faced on the road to pursuing his wings and becoming a proud Tuskegee Airman.
When asked about how he was able to sustain his unyielding dedication to pursue his dream, he simply commented "Anyone who said I couldn't do it, I wanted to make them all liars."
Members of Team Buckley went on to listen to the heroism it took for Colonel Mosley to defy odds in the most difficult of times.
Special guests that served with the original Buffalo Soldiers were also recognized for outstanding efforts in service, and were motivated to tell their story as well.
"It feels very wonderful to come here and tell our story," said Sergeant Major George Payton, 10th U.S. Calvary Buffalo Soldiers. "The story has been untold for many, many years, and there were a lot of heroes with me in the 9th and 10th Calvary.
"It is good for our younger generation of students and children to know their history of the African Americans that paved the way in the earlier years," said Sgt. Maj. Payton.
Team Buckley honored the distinguished speakers, guests and coordinators for the event by awarding them with a plaque symbolizing the appreciation for their efforts dedicated to helping service members remember our past heroes.