News from the Week of February 24th


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Seventy-four years after Captain Lawrence E. Dickson was declared missing in action, the Tuskegee Airman was finally identified in November. This week, he was recognized by Brigadier General Twanda E. Young at a ceremony in which he was posthumously presented with seven esteemed honors.  


NASA recently renamed its Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia as the Katherine Johnson, the brilliant “hidden figure” and mathematician. NASA’s IV&V program ensures that mission software performs correctly, similar to what Johnson did in the sixties. The building will now stand as a testament to her legacy. 


The last refugee children being held in an Australian-operated processing center on the island of Nauru have now left. They are resettling in the United States and they, along with their families, are expected to repay the U.S. government for the cost of their flights.  


The Air Force may soon have its first female battlefield airman. Currently in Tactical Air Control Party training, which has attrition rates as high as 90 percent, she could potentially graduate later this spring.  The Air Force has missed their recruiting goals in the past few months for special warfare and are encouraging more service members to attempt the training.