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Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Yearly Activities Report
August, 2018 – July, 2019
At our September 8, 2018 meeting of the ACTAI membership our 2nd Vice President W.O. Smith presented 14
Certificates of Honors Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
VIETNAM Veteran SALUTE Ceremony was opened by President Bill Patterson and 2nd Vice President W.O. Smith. Rev.
Thomas Holt, ACTAI Chaplain, opened the ceremony with prayer. Patterson gave the opening remarks regarding the
ceremony and the mission of the Vietnam Veterans Program. ACTAI members were presented their medals. In addition
to our members we had 12 other non-members Vietnam Veterans receiving their medals. The State of Georgia Veterans
Affairs has invited ACTAI to host the Vietnam Veterans program every year.
WSB- TV cameraman filmed the ACTAI Vietnam Veterans ceremony.
DOTA Earl Martin received his Vietnam Veteran Salute Certificate
September 15, 2018 – The ACTAI was guest of honor at the Annual Walk\Run Marathon sponsored by The Old National
Merchants Association of South Fulton County.
Fin Secretary Greg Grant, Mayor Bill Edwards, Val Archer (DOTA), Bill Patterson (ACTAI Pres.), & City Councilman
September 11, 2018 – Once a month we meet the faculty at Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy to discuss the progress
of the students and their stem program as it pertains to the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy and Image. Once a week two of our
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members (qualified) teach the students how to properly navigate the flight simulator. ACTAI has adopted this school as a
partner and has been approved by the Superintendent and the Atlanta School Board.
The new school is being built at a cost of $30.5 million dollars. Al Whiteside has started the Wednesday simulator
training for the youth. The projected completion date is July 2019. The students’ move-in projected date is the Sept/Oct
2019 time frame.
TAG Academy has had a ground-breaking. A meeting was held Tuesday, August 11 to inform the community about the
October 26, 2018 - Bill Patterson and W.O. Smith attended Commissioner Roby (Veterans Affairs) monthly meeting
November 3rd, 2018 – Vets Helping Vets Veterans Day Program in Riverdale Georgia, honoring all veterans that served,
featuring Mr. Louis Gossett Jr as Guest speaker, Felicia Clayton, County Commissioner, Mayor Dr. E. Wynn-Dixon, Louis
Gossett Jr, W.O. Smith, Sparkle Adams, and Bill Patterson.
November 8, 2018 – The 5th Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Celebration hosted by the Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee
Airmen and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. This year theme was “Honoring the US Navy”. The guest speaker was Navy
Commander Kim Y. Green and the master of ceremonies was Navy Lt. Anthony Chase.
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Presentation of Colors was performed by Morehouse College US Navy ROTC and retiring of the colors was performed by
Southwest DeKalb HS US Navy ROTC. Jonesboro HS Air Force JROTC performed with their renowned Drill Team. Awards
were given to Mundy Mill High School Air Force JROTC for their continued support to our Veterans’ Day Program.
November 8th- Additional: Certificate of Honor was giving to Mrs. Hill for her late husband service that was killed in
action during the Vietnam War. Mrs. Robinson presented The Gold Star from W.O. Smith along with Certificate signed
by Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. Mrs. Robinson husband was killed in action in Vietnam,
Special recognition was given to Coca Cola, Bojangles, Chick-Fil-A, Davis Broadcasting and J.D. Fowler Radio for their
support of our Veterans Day Program.
Special recognition was given to members of the Montford Point Marines, Black Veterans Helping Veterans, 555 (Triple
Nickels) Airborne Organization and the National Association of Black Military Women.
November 14, 2018 -Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy - The Double Victory film was presented at the school. Nine
students will be tested for the Tuskegee Airmen Cadets program. A blue T-shirt for the TAGA youth program with a
graphics of a plane and the words “Tuskegee Airmen Cadets 1941”. A sample of the shirt was presented to the chapter
for their approval.
Second Vice President Smith paid for the T-shirts. The T-shirts was presented to TAGA after Thanksgiving. TAGA
designated February 28th for ACTAI visitation at TAGA. The class visitation will include five 5th grade classes and five 4th
grade classes. If time permits visits will be made to 3rd grade classes.
November 15, 2018 - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC Veterans Day Program) - Second Vice Pres. W.O.
Smith and Brad Beasley was the featured guest speaker from ACTAI at the FDIC Veterans Day event downtown. A
Tuskegee Airmen film was shown and Board of Directors Chairman Beasley spoke on the Tuskegee Airmen. Two videos
were shown. The Double Victory video and a 15 minute film on the Tuskegee Airmen.
Tuskegee Airmen Stem Training (TAST) - Tony Holder announced that National TAI had donated five IPADs to the
chapter by United Airlines. The IPad are to be used exclusively for the youth program. Five people are in possession of
the IPADs--J.T. Hollins, Wanda Hightower, Anthony Freeman, Pat Harris (non-member) and Tony Holder.
Mr. Holder informed us that the IPADs needed HDMI extension cords at a cost of $130 each. Pat
Harris has provided Information Technology support for the chapter in the past. Mr. Holder informed us that he would
be responsible for the safe keeping of the IPAD in Ms. Harris possession.
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Chapel Hill Elementary School - 1st Vice President Larry Bussey - The last STEM (science, technology, engineering and
mathematics) meeting was held in Nov. 2019. The school is moving towards a focus curriculum on aviation careers. This
focus will include pilot opportunities, aircraft maintenance and robotics. The educators at Chapel Hill want to provide a
positive influence for youth to develop a mindset to pursue an aviation career. The next STEM meeting will be held
March 2019. The school is inviting veterans from all previous wars and Congressman Hank Johnson, 4th congressional
district DeKalb County, will be present. Mr. Bussey will notify the chapter when the dates and time are set.
A motion was made to accept the reports concerning Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy and Chapel Hill Elementary.
Clayton County Chamber of Commerce invited WWI Centennial Advisory Board Brad Beasley to speak at the Clayton
County Chamber of Commerce during the month of November 2018. Arthur Hughes scheduled the Veterans Day event
for Veterans Helping Veterans.
Mr. Beasley presented a plaque to the Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen on behalf of the World
War I Centennial Commission for the achievement of raising $16K towards the Eugene Bullard statue. The initial
unveiling was originally planned for February 2019. The creation of the sculpture takes 6 to 9 months. Brad suggested
that the grand opening unveiling of the Eugene Bullard statue should be held on Veterans Day 2019. An approval letter
has been sent from the U.S. Air Force to display the statue at Robins AFB. Other donors involved with the Eugene Bullard
project were influenced by ACTAIs commitment to support the funding.
Brad Beasley, Sheriff Victor Hill, Black Veterans Helping Veterans Rep, Sparkle Adams, W.O. Smith, Commissioner Felicia Warner and Bill Patterson
Brad Beasley mentioned that DOTAS Hilliard Pouncy and Mr. Val Archer were in attendance at the Clayton County
Chamber of Commerce Veterans Day recognition.
Riheem Jefferson (ACTAI member and recent graduate at Savannah State University) along with Mr. Don Chapman
(ACTAI Trailblazer) were recognized at the graduation celebration at Carrie Steele Pitts Home for Mr. Jefferson.
President Patterson cited the event as a standing room only affair and thanked Piper Burks and Mr. Younginer for their
Roger Williams was appointed chair to develop the Youth membership Program for the chapter.
December 1, 2018 – Members Geraldine Gilliam and William Wilson coordinated our annual Chapter Christmas
Luncheon. The affair took place at Dobbins ARB, Georgia. We had over 70 people in attendance. Accolades were
expressed for the excellent meal served by D. W. Catering. Christmas presents were available for all adults, children and
A 10 minute movie on the Tuskegee Airmen “Wings for This Man” (1945) was shown. A Vietnam Veteran Salute
Ceremony took place and three medals were given to Morocco Coleman, Frank Redding and unknown.
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The event was festive, enjoyable and all had a good time.
February 5, 2019- Chapters members attended Henderson Middle School, Jackson, Georgia, Dr. George Tate (Ret Air
Force) Guest speaker Black History
February 19, 2019 - The Clayton County Board of Commissioners honored our ACATI DOTAs and gave them a
proclamation for such and impact on Black History.
February 26, 2019 - W.O. Smith, 2nd Vice President guest speaker at Kipp Elementary School, East Point, Georgia,
Presented school 16x20 autograph picture of Gen BO Davis Jr., along with sorted pictures of Tuskegee Airmen.
February 26, 019 - Annual Black History Day from Tuskege