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Ball Aerospace Hosts Tuskegee Airmen for Veterans Day Celebration
November 11, 2009
BOULDER, Colo. – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will honor its military veterans today with a ceremony that includes a presentation by the Tuskegee Airmen, one of America’s most famous fighting forces.
The Veterans Day Celebration will acknowledge the service and sacrifice made by military veterans employed at Ball Aerospace. The event will feature a presentation by several members of the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones Tuskegee Airmen chapter, based in Denver and Colorado Springs.
The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen. They not only fought a military force overseas, they also fought against racism at home and abroad. They nonetheless possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America during its time of need. The black airmen who became single-engine or multi-engine pilots were trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) in Tuskegee, Ala.. The positive contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen, and the outstanding record of accomplishment and the superb performance of black airmen during World War II, and after, were important factors in the initiation of the historic social change to achieve racial equality in America.
As part of the ceremony, Ball Aerospace will formally name a newly renovated conference center on its Boulder campus the “Tuskegee Airmen Conference Center.”
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications.
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2008 sales of approximately $7.6 billion.
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