The CAF Red Tail Squadron

Behind the “pen” with our blog writer Darcy Castro

If you’ve been a follower of the CAF Red Tail Squadron blog for the last year or so, you know that we’ve put out some pretty interesting articles, including pilot profiles, interviews with Tuskegee Airmen and in-depth looks at what the Squadron is doing and how you can help. Who’s behind the pen or (more appropriately) the keyboard? Darcy Castro, a member of our team who is responsible for our creative writing and communications outreach.

Castro came to the Squadron with a flair for aviation, and a deep commitment to non-profit and service-based organizations, with a particular passion for associations that collectively work towards a just common goal. She has had the privilege of being a contributing writer and reporter to several publications, including the Dallas Morning News. She is a 15-year veteran of the public relations industry.

“When I was in college I took a fascinating and enlightening course on the Harlem Renaissance of the 20’s and 30’s, and had the opportunity to broaden the discussion to topics like the Tuskegee Experience. Surely, someone in our country should not have to be at the university level to learn about these great Americans,” said Castro. “Working with the CAF Red Tail Squadron is a privilege, plain and simple. To be able to bring this important piece of history to kids – and adults! – is a beautiful cause and I am excited to be a part of the effort.”

Darcy and her husband Lt Col Juan Castro, USAF Reserves, visiting the CAF Red Tail Squadron's  P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen.

Darcy and her husband Lt Col Juan Castro, USAF Reserves, visiting the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen.

Outside of the office, Darcy prides herself on being a mother of four, devoted Air Force wife and spare-time (ok, someday) author. Fun fact and claim to fame? She was the Executive Director of the Miss Portland Scholarship Program and guided a young Katie Harman through her organization on up through the ranks to become Miss America 2002. These days she gives her volunteer hours to members of the active duty military making the transition to the civilian workforce by providing complementary resume review and writing services. Contact her at to learn more.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Learn more at

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