From the Buffalo Soldiers to the Tuskegee Airmen, to the servicemen and women of the Iraq War, African Americans in uniform have served this country throughout history.
How have the strides made by black military personnel helped pave the way for Barack Obama's historic nomination? NPR's Tony Cox takes a look at the relationship between Sen. Obama and the military.
Gloria Redman is a retired Army Colonel and president of the Retired Military Officers Association. Delbert Spurlock served as General Counsel of the Army and as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Both offer their insight.