Julia Jeter Cleckley (1944- )

Brigadier General Julia Jeter Cleckley was the first African American female General in the U.S. Army National Guard. Cleckley spent twenty-eight years in the active Army National Guard, rising in the ranks and breaking barriers. She was the first person of color in many positions throughout her … Read MoreJulia Jeter Cleckley (1944- )

Joseph C. Carter (1956- )

Joseph C. Carter was an accomplished individual with a blemished past. Carter enlisted in the National Guard and served with them in reserves from 1974 to 2012. In 1978 Carter joined the Boston, Massachusetts Police Department (BPD) where he served as a patrol officer, detective, patrol supervisor, Deputy … Read MoreJoseph C. Carter (1956- )

Michael D. Rochelle (1950- )

Michael D. Rochelle is a retired Lieutenant General in the United States Army who served in the military for more than thirty years. Born in 1950, he graduated from Norfolk State University with a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language Education in 1972. At Norfolk State, Rochelle participated … Read MoreMichael D. Rochelle (1950- )

Calvin Augustine Hoffman Waller (1937-1996)

Calvin Augustine Hoffman Waller was a United States Army officer who rose to prominence as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief for military operations with United States Central Command (Forward), during the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991).  He became at that time one of the highest-ranking African American officers in the U.S. military. … Read MoreCalvin Augustine Hoffman Waller (1937-1996)

James T. Whitehead, Jr. (1934- )

James Whitehead, Jr., the first African American Lockheed U2 pilot, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1934.  From a young age Whitehead was surrounded by a strong military presence in his family including relatives who served in World War II.  Coming of age during that war he … Read MoreJames T. Whitehead, Jr. (1934- )

Roscoe Robinson, Jr (1928-1993)

Roscoe Robinson, Jr., the first African American four-star general in the U.S. Army, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928.  He received a bachelor’s in military engineering from The United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1951 and later attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  He … Read MoreRoscoe Robinson, Jr (1928-1993)