Joseph Karriem In Tuskegee Airmen Youth Aviation Seminar

The Chanute Prize for Team Innovation was officially presented to the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, thumb Inc., cheapest for the group’s EAA Young Eagle flight program by representatives of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. The flight program offers youth the opportunity to take free rides in volunteer owned airplanes from the Gary airport and to learn about careers in aviation and the aerospace industry

“This award not only honors the Tuskegee Airmen’s program, it honors the Gary airport where they have flown from for the last 10 years,” said O’Merrial Butchee, director of the Gerald L. Lambkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest in Gary.

Chapter president Ken Rapier accepted the presentation of the award that features a replica of the plane used by Octave Chanute in his flight from the Indiana Dunes in the late 19th century prior to the Wright brothers’ achievement. The Chanute award will be displayed in the lobby of the Gary airport administration center.

NIPSCO representative Diane Thalmann also presented a check for $500 to the chapter. Rapier said the money would help provide more scholarships for young people going to college.


Student and Aspiring Pilot Joseph Karriem Recaps Participation In Tuskegee Airmen Youth Aviation Seminar



I recently was given the opportunity to participate in a youth aviation seminar in San Antonio, viagra buy
Texas June 21-23.  I was selected to attend with recommendations from the Tuskegee Airmen Chicago “DODO” Chapter.  I represented the Central Region of Tuskegee Airmen, advice Inc.  The goal or reason for the seminar was to:

 1) Develop or expand an awareness of the impact and contributions of lesser-known pioneering minority aviators on international history;

 (2) Understand the roles of aviation in affecting everyday life and community;

(3) Gain exposure to the field of aviation and careers in the aerospace industry;

(4) Explore fields in aviation and technology as a catalyst for advanced and continued education; 

(5) Gain an appreciation of the story and lessons of America’s first Black military aviators, recipe
the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and their legacy of determination, education, perseverance and patience as necessary skills in achieving success in the face of overwhelming obstacles.

Throughout my experience my ultimate goal was to learn as much and enjoy as much aviation as I possibly could!  I did exactly that.  I enjoy every moment and opportunity to learn something about aviation.

When I arrived in San Antonio I was greeted by three chaperones who all had smiles on their faces, I had a good feeling I was in for a good time. We left the airport and headed towards Lackland Air Force Base to meet the other students. I was able to quickly make friends with everyone as they were sure I was very excited about what was happening. Later on, we met a pilot flying the T-1 trainer jet. He showed us an inspiring film about the Tuskegee Airmen, which was quite interesting.

Afterwards we got a chance to look at three of the base’s training aircrafts and I asked a lot of questions. We soon after visited the air traffic control tower which was very fun and a great experience. Later that afternoon we had dinner in the Pilots Lounge, the food was great. On Saturday we got a chance to go flying with pilot Charles Masters in a Piper-type aircraft.  He’s a wonderful pilot who inspires me to do great.  I told him I wanted to be a pilot and he allowed me to take the airplane’s controls and fly for 10 minutes.  He told me that I did a good job.

That afternoon we got a chance to meet Dr. Eugene Derricotte, a Tuskegee Airman and Historian. I was fortunate enough to shake his hand and take a picture with him. We then had a picnic in the park on Sunday which was quite fun and after it ended, we had to say our good byes and head home.

My passion for aviation grows every day no matter what is thrown at me and this seminar was a wonderful event that I will always be grateful for and which helped increase my knowledge.  So, I would like to thank the Tuskegee Airmen Chicago DODO chapter and the TAI Central Region very much for sponsoring me!

Joseph Karriem











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