WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — According to a press release, Georgia—E-8C Joint STARS aviators will make history February 19, when the first all-African American flight crew in JSTARS history launches on a training mission from Robins Air Force Base.

The flight crew of more than 20 Airmen and Soldiers from the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing, active-duty Air Force 461st Air Control Wing, and the Army’s 138th Military Intelligence Company say they are using the training opportunity to also commemorate Black History Month.

In addition, one of the pilots of the historic flight will include Capt. Andrea Lewis, who also made history in 2019 becoming the first African American female pilot in the history of the Georgia Air National Guard at the time.

Team JSTARS, flying the world’s only fleet of E-8C Joint STARS aircraft, provides geographic combatant commanders around the world with on-call battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, commonly referred to as C2ISR.