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  • Black History Month: WAC Corporal Lena Derriecott served as a nurse assistant in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II

    During World War II, Cpl. Lena Derriecott learned a hard lesson about segregation in the U.S. military. Derriecott, an African-American woman, volunteered in 1943 for the U.S. Army Air Corps Women’s Army Corps. She reported for duty at Douglas Army Air Field in southern Arizona where she served as a nurse assistant at the base hospital.
  • From Flight Surgeon to Astronaut: Air Force Colonel (Dr.) Yvonne Cagle

    As a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon, Col. Yvonne Darlene Cagle wanted to fly even higher and fast. She had always wanted to leave her footprints in moon dust, a dream held since seeing Neil Armstrong do it on July 20, 1969. Twenty-seven years after Armstrong’s historic steps, Cagle herself became an astronaut.
  • Air Commandos bring passion, pride to Black History Month display

    Air Commandos visiting the Cannon clinic might have noticed some new displays this month--from the banners that greet them at the front door to the model P-51 Mustang soaring over their heads. The multimedia display honoring Black History Month was planned and accomplished by Master Sgt. William Jackson, 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medical
  • Leaders in MHS look to inspire the next generation during Black History Month

    The contributions of African-Americans to military medicine are many and ongoing. During Black History Month, three current African-American Military Health System senior leaders shared their stories with some common themes: decades of struggle, perseverance and above all, opportunities presented through service to the nation. “My parents and
  • History Remembers Lt Abbie Sweetwine, “The Angel of Platform 6”

    In recognition of African-American History Month the AFMS is featuring a matriarch of change and an Air Force Nurse, 2nd Lt. Abbie Sweetwine, who became a heroine and “The Angel of Platform 6”.On the morning of Oct. 8, 1952, the country of England suffered the worst train wreck in its history. Three trains collided in the Harrow and Wealdstone
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