Two of the surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen – Lt. Cols. Alexander Jefferson, left, and William Holloman – appeared at Cascade Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 13, sharing their personal experiences of life in their groundbreaking unit. The Tuskegee Airmen were organized in 1941 as the first fighter group of African American military pilots and went on to become one of the most decorated units in World War II. After more than 200 combat missions, Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots did not lose a single bomber to enemy fire – a record unmatched by any other fighter group. Upon their return to the United States after the war, however, the Airmen were greeted with little respect.