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Airman Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Vernell Butler

Airman 1st Class Vernell Butler, 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, said February, recognized as African American Heritage Month, gives him a chance to reflect on his heritage and be proud of the progress America has made. February is a great time to think back and be thankful, Butler explained, however it is much more than the month itself that should be recognized, but the history altogether. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Airman 1st Class Vernell Butler, 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, said February, recognized as African American Heritage Month, gives him a chance to reflect on his heritage and be proud of the progress America has made. February is a great time to think back and be thankful, Butler explained, however it is much more than the month itself that should be recognized, but the history altogether. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

With the new year well underway, for some, February brings more than a new month on the calendar.

Airman 1st Class Vernell Butler, 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, said February, recognized as African American Heritage Month, gives him a chance to reflect on his heritage and be proud of the progress America has made.

“I feel proud to grow up with roots that dig that deep, from pain and suffering to where we are today,” Butler said. “My ancestors beyond my father all struggled much more than my father and I had to.”

February is a great time to think back and be thankful, Butler explained, however it is much more than the month itself that should be recognized, but the history altogether.

“To me, African American Heritage Month, along with other heritage months, shouldn’t be confined to a month,” he said. “We’ve all established ourselves as a part of American history.”