Col. William Sparrow's promotion ceremony will honor Tuskegee Airmen

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Col. Sparrow assumes command of the 187th Fighter Wing December 15, 2017 at the Montgomery Regional Air National Guard Base, Montgomery, Ala. (US Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Rand)

MONTGOMERY, AL (10/01/2019) (readMedia)-- Tuskegee, Ala. --

Alabama's Tuskegee Airmen heritage will be on display at a ceremony promoting Col. William Sparrow to the rank of Brigadier General in the Alabama Air National Guard this Friday.

Sparrow, former commander of the 187th Fighter Wing "Red Tails" at Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Ala., will be honored during the public ceremony at 1:00pm Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Tuskegee, Ala.

In addition to the official promotion, Marla Andrews, the daughter of Tuskegee Airman Capt. Lawrence Dickson, will present a cross found at her father's crash site to the Tuskegee historic site's museum. Capt. Dickson, a fighter pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron during World War II, was declared missing in action in December 1944 after the engine of his P-51D Mustang failed while returning from an aerial reconnaissance mission. His remains were recovered in Italy in 2017.

Following his promotion, Col. Sparrow will serve as the Alabama National Guard's Assistant Adjutant General for Air, advising Maj. Gen. Sheryl Gordon, Alabama Adjutant General, on all matters relating to the Air National Guard.

(Article by Alabama Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jared Rand)


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Col William Sparrow promotion ceremony to brigadier general and Tuskegee Airman Capt. Lawrence Dickson cross presentation to the Tuskegee Airmen Historic Site museum.

WHEN: Friday October 04, 2019 at 01:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
1616 Chappie James Ave.
Tuskegee, Alabama 36083

NOTES: Media who wish to attend this event should email the Alabama National Guard public affairs office NO LATER THAN 3:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at or call (334) 271-7244.