Alfonza W. Davis Middle School

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Dates: September 3-6, 2014
Event: Alfonza W. Davis Middle School
Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Brad Lang with Bob Holts, Robert Rose, and Dan Bartles.

Brad Lang with Bob Holts, Robert Rose, and Dan Bartles.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron was invited to share its mission of inspiration with the Alfonza W. Davis Middle School in Omaha, NE. They are known as the “Aviators”. The school was named after Alfonza W. Davis, who at one time was commander of the 99th Pursuit Squadron and is an Omaha native. The school serves a diverse population of students in grades 6- 8. The Davis Middle school is a modern, technology based school that incorporates a strong academic education. The school features a strong inspirational message (Soar Above) which mirrors the values of the CAF Red Tail Squadron mission. The six principles of the CAF Red Tail Squadron are featured throughout the school and the students are encouraged to incorporate these principles in their lives. The faculty is highly motivated and very enthusiastic.

Original Tuskegee Airman, Bob Holts - he enjoyed his RISE ABOVE Experience along with the students

Original Tuskegee Airman, Bob Holts – he enjoyed his RISE ABOVE Experience along with the students

Our CAF RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit was featured in front of the school throughout the week and over 700 individuals were exposed to our movie. The students received a special treat when Original Tuskegee Airman, Bob Holts was present and watched the RISE ABOVE movie along with them. Local media covered the activities celebrating the first anniversary and dedication of the football field. In addition, several relatives from the Davis family traveled to Omaha for the dedication. Principal Dan Bartels lead the ceremony for the football game which featured a flyover of the CAF Red Tail Mustang (the Aviators scored their first touchdown as the Red Tailed Mustang flew over the game).

Brad Lang and the P-51C Mustang at Offutt Air Force Base.

Brad Lang and the P-51C Mustang at Offutt Air Force Base.

After the flyover, the P-51C Mustang continued to Offutt AFB, which is the operational HQ for the local Tuskegee Airman Inc. chapter. Bob Rose arranged a warm reception.

On Saturday the P-51C was on display in Council Bluffs. The CAF Gunfighter group were gracious in hosting us (thank you Larry, Jerry, etc.) Brig. Gen. Reg Urschler (ret.) ventured out to meet and greet everyone. The RTS enjoyed great support.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron would like to thank Bob Rose, President of the Omaha TAI Chapter, Manny Jones (an early supporter of our mission with John Schuck and Don Hinz), the Alfonza W. Davis Faculty and the CAF Gunfighter group for their assistance. The Hollis team and Brad Lang were in attendance on behalf of the CAF Red Tail Squadron.

Thanks to the team effort of everyone this was a very successful event.

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