Wing Celebrates Black History Month
By Senior Airman Marc Nickens, 911th Public Affairs
/ Published March 29, 2006
PITTSBURGH AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. -- The 911th Airlift Wing presented a performance at the chapel, Feb. 11, honoring this year’s National Black History Month.
Master Sergeant Nancy Hornsby, 911th Family Services, put this year’s hour-long program together.
“Master Sgt. Hornsby put together an excellent presentation that was both entertaining and enlightening,” said Lt. Col. Patricia Blassie, commander, 911th Mission Support Group.
The invocation was given by our new chaplain, 1st Lt. Todd Wainman, followed by the singing of the national anthem by Master Sgt. Hornsby and Ms. Deborah Hollis of the singing group Heavenly Sounds.
There were several presentations including a poetry recital by Master Sgt. Arthur Farward, of the 911th Inspector General’s Office; a musical selection by Ms. Hollis and the aforementioned Heavenly Sounds; and a mime performance by Minister Parrish Davenport and his Anointed Mime Ministry.
Mr. Art Terry, the keynote speaker, gave a riveting speech on this year’s National Black History Month theme, “Celebrating Community: A tribute to black fraternal, social and civic institutions.”
Lt. Col. Blassie presented certificates of appreciation to all who participated with closing remarks given by the wing commander, Col. Randal Bright.
The 911 AW continued the Black History Month celebration during a luncheon coordinated by the Civilian Personnel Office and held at Club Cargo Bay (consolidated club), Feb. 22.
The guest speaker was Lt. Col. Anthony Baity of the 514th Maintenance Group at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
Lt. Col. Baity spoke to wing members concerning “Leadership in the Age of Diversity.”