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USAFA Airfield Is Renamed

Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Airfield named at ceremony on Friday.
US Air Force Academy
Posted at 8:17 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-02 18:19:18-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — An historic day at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs with the renaming of the airfield on the campus in honor of an iconic member of the U.S. Air Force. Surviving Tuskegee airmen helped unveil the General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Airfield during a ceremony on Friday.

General Davis served as command pilot for the famous Tuskegee airmen during World War II, who later became the Air Force's first African American four star general.
His family members were on hand and called this day, emotional and historic. General Davis' nephew Doug Melville told News5 ''thinking of all the other Generals and all the other graduates and all the other people
that have walked through these doors, it's the greatest honor our family could have..

Among General Davis' many achievements during his long and illustrious military career, he is credited with setting aviation standards for the Air Force as well as promoting integration. He served the U.S. military, in both the Army and the Air Force for more than 30 years, retiring in 1970.