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First African-American commanding officer at NAS Pensacola talks about his dream
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Martin Luther King Jr. inspired many people to never give up on their dreams, including one Pensacola man who has made major accomplishments in his life. “I was five years old when I told him [my father] I wanted to be a Blue Angel. He said two things to me. He said, ‘stay in school and stay out of trouble’ and to this day I still think about the foundation of what brought me here today,” said Keith Hoskins. Hoskins was the first African-American to become a commanding officer at NAS Pensacola. “I think it was a big deal. You know, not only was I the first African-American, I was also the first Blue Angel to return back to our naval station in Pensacola as a commanding officer,” he explained. Hoskins followed in his father’s footsteps. His dad served for nearly 40 years during a time that wasn’t so promising for an African-American pilot. “He served during a tumultuous time of our country. You know it’s part of our history. There was some inequality during those times back in the 50s when he served. He couldn’t become a pilot as easily as it was for me to [...]