History-making general in Delaware Air Guard retires

Brig. Gen. Hugh Broomall, Deputy Adjutant General for Air, Delaware National Guard, and Brig. Gen. Ernest Talbert, vice-commander, Delaware Air National Guard, watch from the stage as 166th Airlift Wing Honor Guard members Tech. Sgt. Bill Austin and Senior Airman Joseph O'Leary fold the personal American flag of Gen. Talbert before retiring it during Gen. Talbert's retirement ceremony in New Castle, Del. on Jan. 11, 2009. Gen. Talbert, a rated command pilot with more than 6,500 flight hours, flew C-130 aircraft missions in Operation Desert Storm and was the 166th Airlift Wing commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his 36-year career he became the first African-American colonel in the Delaware ANG, and the first and only African-American general in the over 350-year history of the Delaware National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham)

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