Local Tuskgee Airman to Speak at TNCC Campuses


Published: October 5, 2010

Thomas Nelson Community College will welcome Tuskegee Airman Ezra Hill to the Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses in October. The retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant will address Hampton Campus students on Tuesday, October 6 at noon in Gators Café. The Historic Triangle Campus will welcome him October 13 at 11 a.m. Hill will speak about his service with the Tuskegee Airmen and the many accomplishments of the Airmen during World War II and beyond.

The 2008 recipient of TNCC’s Presidential Leadership Award, Hill is a native of Newport News. He joined the Army Air Corps at age 17 and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas before being assigned to crash and rescue recovery at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio.

Following assignments at bases in Maryland, Japan, New Jersey and Colorado, he was assigned to Langley Air Force Base where he worked as a weapons systems technician in the 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron from 1960 to 1965.

Hill retired from the military in 1967 and became a teacher with Newport News Public Schools. He also worked for the Navy at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, as a computer technician supervisor for 18 years before retiring for a second time.

In 1997, Hill and his wife, Mable, founded the Save My Family Haven of Hope Foundation which focuses on helping young people better themselves through education.

Hill has also authored, “The Red Tail Angels: A Story of the Tuskegee Airman.” The book recounts the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. In March 2007, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor along with his fellow Tuskegee Airmen.

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