Posted February 11, 2019 02:03:24When you hear the term “The Hawk,” you’re likely thinking of the American military’s Black Hawks.
They were a group of soldiers from World War II who were sent to Europe to train American soldiers in the air, land and sea.
It was a highly specialized group, though.
Their mission: destroy German bombers.
They were given their name, the Hawks, in honor of a group from World Wars I and II.
That group was the American Expeditionary Force.
After World War I, the USAAF was formed out of the United States Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, formed in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The original USAAF, known as the 2nd Cavalry, had served in both World Wars, but they were also known for their aerial reconnaissance.
They helped to win the war, and their name came from the nickname they gave themselves.
After the war was over, the Army was disbanded, and the US Air Force took over.
In the years after the war ended, the 2d Cavalry returned to their training.
The Hawk regiment remained active for more than a decade, training American pilots, gunners and ground troops.
The Hawk’s name was shortened to the “Black Hawks” in 1947.
The squadron that trained them, known by the code name “Wedge,” disbanded after the Korean War in 1953.
But they had an enduring legacy in American aviation.
In the 1960s, the squadron began flying more than 20 missions each year.
Their exploits captured the imaginations of American soldiers, who began calling the group the “Hawks.”
After the end of the Vietnam War, the Hawk squadron was disbanded and the unit was put on display in Washington, DC.
In 2014, the unit’s name resurfaced, and they began a campaign to change the name.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the USAF for failing to honor the Hawk name, and in 2017, the USAF agreed.
The lawsuit argued that the name was offensive to Black Americans and had racist undertones.
In February, a panel of federal judges unanimously agreed with the ACLU and agreed to let the name stand.
The new name was officially adopted by the US Armed Forces on Wednesday, March 11.”
I cannot help but admire this effort by the United Nations and the United Kingdom government to promote racial justice in their countries.”
The new name was officially adopted by the US Armed Forces on Wednesday, March 11.