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Mission Statement

Our mission is to introduce African Americans to the firearms culture, competitive shooting, hunting, survival, and associated activities.  We want to provide firearms education and training to all ages. IRTGC works within our communities to strengthen families and improve quality of life in these communities. We promote positive change and self-reliance. We stand firm on the commitment of knowledge of oneself, education and self -advancement in the African American communities.



Edward Rogers III---Facilitator

Joya Wade-------------Administration

James Drew --------- 1st Vice President/Training Director

Cliff Crutcher--------History

Brian Martin---------IT/ MEDIA

the history
Red Tail P-51, indy, volunteer, history, about

In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S.  military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked qualifications for combat duty. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.


Tuskegee Airmen, indy, red, tails, history, about

The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. They proved conclusively that African American could fly and maintain sophisticated combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen's  achievements, together with the men and women who supported them, paved the way for full integration of the U.S. military.



The Tuskegee Airmen flew the Red Tailed P-51C Mustang pictured above.

The Mustang first flew in October 1940 and went into service in July 1942 with the RAF and later in 1942 with the U.S. Army Air Force. The Mustang served with distinction well into the 1960’s with the Dominican Republic flying them in active service until 1984! 


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