Ridgeland native and part-time Bluffton resident Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force, will deliver the keynote address for the annual African-American History Month program at First Euhaw Baptist Church on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Newton retired from the military in 2000 as a four-star general.
He was the first African-American pilot in the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s elite stunt demonstration squadron.
In 1968, he flew more than 250 missions in F-4 Phantoms over Vietnam.
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During his career, he amassed more than 4,000 flight hours in everything from training aircraft to the F-117 stealth fighter.
In 2005, he was appointed by then-President George W. Bush to serve as a commissioner on the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. In 2009 he was appointed by then-President Barack Obama to serve as a commissioner for the White House Fellows Program.
First Euhaw, led by the Rev. William Allen Galloway, is located on S.C. 462 in the Old House section of Ridgeland.
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