Organization. We are the Red Tail Memorial Chapter of the Kitty Hawk Air Society. The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II as the 332nd Fighter Group and 477th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Corps. There are also sometimes referred to as the Red Tail Angels or Red Tails, unofficial terms that were used during the War to describe a mostly unknown group of Airmen because of the distinctive red paint used on the tails of their fighter aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first unit of African American military aviators in the United States armed forces, and the Ocala chapter of the Air Force Association honors the memory of these men. Our chapter name also memorializes the Red Tail squadrons.
The Kitty Hawk Air Society is a national AFJROTC academic honor society that recognizes academic and military achievement by cadets, provides additional leadership/educational opportunities, and encourages excellence. Members of KHAS, once inducted, will wear the KHAS badge on the uniform. KHAS members are also authorized to wear the blue KHAS shoulder cord.
Requirements. To qualify for the KHAS one must attain academic excellence in AFJROTC and in overall academic studies, exhibit good character traits, and be willing to accept responsibility. Specific requirements are as follows:
Achieve a 90 average in AFJROTC during the previous academic quarter with no unexcused missed uniform wear
Achieve a 3.00 GPA for all classes each semester, with no failing grade in any class during the previous academic quarter
Have a Cumulative GPA of 3.50 for all classes
Have no in-school or out-of-school suspensions for the current academic quarter
Qualified cadets are invited to participate in a “pledge” program to demonstrate their commitment to excellence. Cadets who are selected for the KHAS and successfully complete the pledge program will be inducted at an appropriate ceremony, where they will receive the membership badge and shoulder cord.
The Kitty Hawk Air Society meets regularly in the ROTC classroom.