Public invited to hear Buffalo Soldier speak at African American Heritage Luncheon

Release Number: 010210

The general public is invited to Arnold Air Force Base's African-American Heritage luncheon Feb. 12, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Arnold Lakeside Center.

Lewis Curtis, a former 24th Infantry Regiment Buffalo Soldier and current Fayetteville, Tenn., resident will be the guest speaker.

Curtis served in the Army from 1945 to 1952. His first tour with the 24th Infantry was in the Philippines before participating in the occupancy of Okinawa, Japan. He was then transferred to Korea.

The 24th Infantry Regiment was the last segregated regiment to engage in combat. The regiment was deactivated in 1951, and its soldiers were integrated into other units.

The cost for the luncheon is $8.50 for members and $9.50 for nonmembers. RSVPs and payments will be due to one of the POCs by noon Feb. 9.

To make reservations, contact 2nd Lt. Antonio Brunson at (931) 454-6755, Tina Bonner at (931) 454-6804, Arthur Fuller at (931) 454-4165 or Gary Lewandowski at (931) 454-5915.