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Black History Month: Highlighting those who serve - 2

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Each February, the nation takes 28 days to reflect on the challenges, achievements and crucial roles of African Americans in U.S. history. This month is Black History Month. The occasion was first recognized in 1976 by President Gerald Ford, who considered it an, “opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,” and has been adopted by each president since. In celebration of Black History Month, Youngstown Air Reserve Station is proud to highlight the diverse Reserve Citizen Airmen who provide their own experiences, perspectives and skillsets while serving the U.S. at Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Senior Airman Tionte Davis, a fire team member with the 910th Security Forces Squadron, says that Black History Month recognizes all the sacrifices, contributions and achievements of African Americans. His work helps ensure the safety and security of YARS and its personnel or that of any location to which he deploys. Davis has served as a Reserve Citizen Airman for three years at YARS. Belonging to a military family, his grandfather, who served in World War II, his uncles, who served in Vietnam, and his aunt, all contributed to his decision to join.

“I wanted to be a part of something meaningful and bigger than myself,” said Davis.

Davis' most memorable experience  with the Air Force Reserve was his time in tech school during a land navigation exercise. His team was dropped off in the woods and had to use resources on-hand to find their way back to base. Land navigation courses teach Airmen the skills necessary to survive and get to safety in challenging scenarios, resisting or evading enemy forces if necessary.

Davis' contributions to the 910th SFS help the wing fulfill its mission statement: "Combat ready NOW...for tomorrow's fight!"