Davis-Monthan Air Force Base renames center

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One of the last Tuskegee Airmen from Arizona was honored March 24, 2022 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The late Maj. George W. Biggs of Nogales served in four wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

The fourth war, he fought at home.

As a Black man and one of the first Black officers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, racism was an ongoing battle.

“We want our community prepared for the challenges of service and the challenges of life… challenges we may know of and challenges we may not have anticipated,” said Vincent Howard, 355th Wing community support coordinator at the base. “Mr. Biggs epitomized this.”

A naming dedication ceremony to honor Biggs was held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on March 24, 2022 Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day. The Davis-Monthan Community Resilience Center is now known as the “Major George W. Biggs Integrated Resiliency Center.”

“It’s fitting that we’re here today to honor us as we attach our name and what we do to the name and legacy of a great man,” Howard said.

Howard added that Biggs’ career exemplifies the Resilience Center’s mission to equip airmen with the tools to prepare for life’s challenges and to recover and grow through adversity.

“It’s hard to know what to anticipate when you’re the one opening the door,” he added.

Learn more about Major George W. Biggs in Tuskegee Airmen Profiles!

Relatives Levi Biggs, John Biggs and Rosario Biggs-Dickerson cut the ribbon for the Maj. George W. Biggs Intergrated Resiliency Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Photo by Lillian Boyd