Surviving Tuskegee Airmen come to Sparks

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Updated: 2/28 11:12 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & Mynews4.com) -- Three of the surviving World War II Tuskegee Airmen will be in the Reno/Sparks area on March 1 for their Western Region Conference at JA Nugget.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American pilots in the military, overcoming segregation and significant prejudice to become one of World War II’s most highly respected fighter groups.

The three surviving Tuskegee Airmen who will be in Reno for the conference are Robert Ashby, Theodore Lumpkin and Boyd Taylor. Edith Roberts -- the surviving spouse of George “Spanky” Roberts, the first commander of the 99th Pursuit Squadron -- will also be in attendance.

The group will host a meet-and-greet in the lobby of JA Nugget on Saturday, March 1 from noon until 5 p.m., which is free and open to the public. During their stay, the Airmen will also visit the Reno VA Hospital and a local elementary school.

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