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OTA Julian Johnson, Chicago White Sox “Hero of the Game”

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The Chicago White Sox Honor OTA Julian Johnson as their “Hero of the Game”


Capt. Julian H. Johnson was honored by the Chicago White Sox on 8-24-13 as the team’s “Hero of the Game”.  This game was significant as it was also the annual “Civil Rights Game” which honors America’s civil rights pioneers.  Along with the Tuskegee Airmen, cialis 40mg the Montford Pointe Marines, the Triple Nickel, the 761st Tank Battalion (“The Black Panthers”), the Transportation Corps known as the “Red Ball Express” and numerous other under recognized service men and women helped ensure that America and her allies would prevail during WWII.

The Tuskegee Airmen (“Red Tails”), like Capt. Johnson were both civil rights pioneers as well as America’s first military aviators.  Prior to Jackie Robinson’s integration of Major League Baseball, prior to Rosa Parks courageous stand leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and culminating in the integration of Montgomery’s bus system, the Tuskegee Airmen, fought racism both at home and overseas.  A little known aspect of civil rights history Involves the story of how a group of Tuskegee airmen, by refusing to live in segregated quarters, triggered one of the most significant judicial proceedings in U.S. military history.

For more information, read THE FREEMAN FIELD MUTINY by Original Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col James C. Warren.  LTC Warren provides a documented description of the courageous stand taken by the 477th Bombardment Group for civil rights within the military that occurred at Freeman Field, Seymour, Indiana, on April 5, 1945.

Joseph Karriem In Tuskegee Airmen Youth Aviation Seminar

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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











OTA Julian H. Johnson

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Julian H. Johnson 

Tuskegee Airman / Chemical Engineer


Julian H. Johnson was born to parents Julian S. and Evangeline E. Johnson on December 8, remedy
1924 in Chicago, unhealthy
Illinois. He is a graduate of A.O. Sexton Elementary School; Tilden Technical High School; and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and all located in Chicago.

While at IIT, Julian majored in chemical engineering and in 1950, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.

Military: Julian graduated from high school in 1942 and began working at National Starch Products as a Lab Assistant while attending IIT at night, with a focus squarely on his studies and preparing for his career. But as the war waged on in Europe and the Pacific, military service and Uncle Sam’s plans soon took precedence over his own. In the spring of 1943 he received a nice personalized notice from the local draft board for an all-expenses paid opportunity to travel and see the world.

In April 1943, with his invitation in hand, Julian entered the services and was assigned to the U.S. Army’s Coastal Artillery Corps. In May he shipped out to Camp Stewart’s anti-aircraft artillery training center located about 40 miles southwest of Savannah, Georgia.

By the time Julian completed artillery training he had earned a pair of stripes and the rank of corporal, but aspired to become an officer (Public Law 99 was enacted 6/3/41 which allowed enlisted men to apply for flight training). However, Julian knew that very few Negro applicants were being accepted to Officer Candidate School (OCS) programs. But for every closed door, another is opened and fortunately, one of the junior officers in his chain of command suggested that Julian apply for Air Corps Cadet School, he did and was accepted. In January 1944, Corporal Johnson was transferred from Camp Stewart to Keesler Army Air Field in Biloxi, Mississippi for physical and psychological testing and evaluation and his preliminary introduction to the field of military aviation.

Julian cleared the Keesler hurdle and was transferred to Tuskegee Institute for pre-flight training and further testing to determine whether he would become a pilot, navigator or bombardier. At Tuskegee he was informed that his stanine score (a method of scaling test scores based on a nine-point standard scale first used by the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII), qualified him for acceptance into the Bombardier training program. The pilot selectees were to be sent to Moten Field, the navigator selectees to Hondo Field, and the bombardier selectees to Midland.

In June 1944, before being sent to their respective technical training schools, his entire cohort was transferred from Tuskegee Institute to Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) as pre-aviation cadets (class 44-K) where they received basic Air Corps physical training and education. While at Tuskegee, Julian received instruction in aircraft identification, Morse code, chemical warfare protection techniques and other general Air Corps training.

At this point, the pilot selectees from his class were sent to Moten Field for primary pilot training and the navigator selectees were combined with other navigator selectees from class 44-J and this combined class was transferred to Hondo Field to complete their technical training
assignment. However, the combined class was deemed to be too large (or perhaps now just had too many black personnel assigned) to be integrated into the training program. Julian, along with others from his class, received orders to report back to TAAF and await further instructions.

While waiting for the next navigator class (at Hondo or San Angelo) the interim 6 week period (July to August 1944) was filled with a short term Flexible Gunnery School training assignment at Tyndall Army Air Field in Florida. After completing the Tyndall assignment and 13 flying hours in the B-24, Julian was awarded Aerial Gunner Wings and returned to TAAF. Shortly thereafter, Navigator/Bombardier class 44-K was transferred to Midland Army Air Field, Texas and there became part of Bombardier class 45-4B.

While at Midland Bombardier School, Julian trained in the AT-11 aircraft accumulating an additional 124 flying hours and earning the aeronautical rating of Aircraft Observer (Bombardier), effective 27 January 1945.

Career: Following his military service and four years at IIT, Julian was employed briefly by Corn Products in a pilot plant operations process in Argo, Illinois. Soon after, he moved to Joliet, Illinois to join the Ordnance Ammunition Command (OAC), as an Inspection Specialist. In this capacity Julian was responsible for operating procedures, inspection and testing in solid propellants and explosives. He held this position at OAC for 4 ½ years before moving out west in July 1956 to join the Rocketdyne division of North American Aviation, in Canoga Park, California.

At Rocketdyne, Julian was part of a team that had responsibility for equipment related to the functioning of large rocket engine test stands. Later he worked with the Atlas Fuels Program as a Senior Research Engineer where he was engaged in the electrochemical research arena that had responsibility for high vacuum line synthesis of fuels and the determination of physical properties of hydrazine and other amines (organic compounds that contain nitrogen). Following this research Julian worked on the formation of Chlorine Pentafluoride (a compound first synthesized in 1963) electrochemically from chlorine and chlorine trifluoride. Julian worked for Rocketdyne for 11 years before returning to Chicago after opportunities in the aerospace industry began to decline. Julian joined the research lab at Armour Dial¸Inc., which produced soap made from tallow, a by-product of their meat production processes. When Dial moved their research lab to Phoenix Arizona in 1971, Julian found employment with Wetco Chemical Company in their metal treating chemical division where he worked for 5 years. Prior to retirement, Julian also worked for Soft Sheen Products (research engineer) and R.R. Donnelley Company (Corporate Engineering Dept.).

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presents its annual Fall


Don’t miss this promise of a sensationally good time created for your social & artistic enjoyment!! he “AMEN CORNER”, diagnosis written by James Baldwin This moving drama is set in Harlem, 1955; now a period which is fading into the shadows of history. We are transported to a community which is struggling to define itself within the no-man’s land between two extremes. One is represented by the almost crushingly claustrophobic church community with its puritanical adherence to the social code of 50’s America.

The other is the jazz world, where the music implicitly carries a message of personal spiritual liberation, of ‘attitude’ and rejection of all the conformity and repression of the status quo. For the Afro- American of the time, these two different worlds were intertwined; but also represented the conflicting ways for the black community to deal with society.

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Doors open: 2:00 pm – seating begins: 2:00 pm – Time: 3:00 pm Place:
ETA Theater – 7558 S. South Chicago Ave.
Donation: $25.00 per ticket


Your contribution will help fund the Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen’s Youth Aviation and Educational Assistance programs. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible as allowed by law.


RWDC Student Challenge

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Registration is now open for the 2010-2011 Real World Design Challenge.  The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, more about grades 9-12, information pills the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation’s leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.

The Challenge is totally free to participate in and open to teams of 3-7 high school students.  It is an aviation design competition that uses real engineering tools.   For more information go to:

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