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President Trump honors Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee at State of the Union

By Elaine Owen, Editor

For Charles McGee, last week was a historic week.
McGee, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, is one
of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. Sunday, he brought
out the commemorative coin for the Super Bowl coin flip,
handing it off to NFL referee Bill Vinovich. On Tuesday
(Feb. 4), President Trump honored McGee during the 2020
State of the Union address, announcing he was being promoted
to Brigadier General.
McGee was joined at the State of the Union by his
great-grandson, Iain Lanphier from Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lanphier hopes to follow in his great-grandfather’s footsteps,
planning to attend the the Air Force Academy and
eventually going to space. Last summer, he was the top
graduate of the Aerospace Career Education program sponsored
by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
and supported by the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
McGee flew 136 combat missions in World War II as part
of the Tuskegee Airmen, attacking targets in Italy and supporting
the rescue of 1,000 prisoners of war in Romania. He
went on to become a Colonel, flying during wartime in Korea
and Vietnam.
McGee trained in Tuskegee, Alabama, to join the only
African-American pilot squadron in World War II. Some 996
pilots trained as part of the squadron, 84 lost their lives in
the war.

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