By Airman 1st Class Greydon Furstenau, Air University Public Affairs
/ Published May 19, 2022
Lt. Col. Brian Milner speaks with Floyd Middle School students about a B-1B Lancer from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2022, during a tour at Maxwell AFB, Ala. The Air Force Global Strike Command aircraft was at Maxwell AFB for a Project Tuskegee engagement aimed at engaging high school students attending STEM-focused magnet schools and participating in JROTC. The program’s mission is to increase diversity in STEM and aviation-related fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)
Maxwell Air Force Base hosted an Air Force Global Strike Command Project Tuskegee event May 12, with more than 200 students from the local area touring a B-1B Lancer and interacting with the crew.
Project Tuskegee was created by Gen. Anthony Cotton, AFGSC commander and former Air University commander. The project is a partnership with Tuskegee University where Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps are exposed to opportunities available as an AFGSC “Striker.”
The opportunity presented Air Force Junior ROTC cadets and STEM students from local and regional schools with an up close and personal look at the B-1B, allowing them to climb into the cockpit to see what it looks like. It also allowed them to speak with the crew and learn more about the AFGSC mission.
The purpose of Project Tuskegee is to advance AFGSC diversity and inclusion efforts, while educating students on opportunities within AFGSC as aligned with Air Force objectives.
“It’s crucially important to engage with students so that we can continue to add diversity to the Air Force,” said Lt. Col. Craig Dorn, commander, AFGSC headquarters squadron.
Air Force Recruiting Service's Detachment 1 was there providing information for students. The detachment also brought along an F-35 flight simulator for students to take for a spin.
“We’re basically just trying to cast as wide of a net as possible and inform as many people about the Air Force,” said Capt. Michael Walsleben, Detachment 1 Inspirations Operations deputy flight commander. “Whether it’s youth or their influencers such as teachers or principals, we want to get them interested in flying.”
AFGSC is looking at bringing aircraft to other locations in the future to reach even more cadets and students.