The U.S. army nominates three Black colonels for promotion to brigadier general.
1971 (May 13)
The U.S. army announced that it had nominated three Black colonels for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. The Three Black officers were among eighty colonels approved by president Nixon for promotion to the one-star rank. The three officers promoted were colonels Alvin W. Dillard, James F. Hamlet, and Roscoe C. Cartwright. Their nominations would bring the number of Black army generals to four. The air force also had one Black general, while the navy nominated its first Black admiral on April 28, 1971.