The State of Alabama has passed a resolution declaring March 7th annually, Tuskegee Airmen Day. This event is a celebration honoring the Tuskegee Airmen with Red Tails BG Charles McGee , Col. George Hardy and other Airmen expected to be in attendance.
The event is sponsored by Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Inc. Speaker - Lt. Gen. Russell Davis - Past Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. President. Get tickets and more details
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Cleveland native who President Donald Trump said is one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen was honored during the State of the Union Tuesday night.
President Trump introduced 13-year-old Iain Lanphier, an eighth-grader from Arizona, to promote the launch of Space Force, the first new military service in more than 70 years. Trump said Lanphier “has his eye on the Space Force" and noted that his hero, sitting next to him, was his great-grandfather, Charles McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. They both received bipartisan applause.
Trump said, "In the gallery tonight, we have one of the Space Force's youngest potential recruits: 13-year-old Iain Lanphier, an eighth grader from Arizona. Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy. He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy, and then, he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, "most people look up at space, I want to look down on the world."
Sitting beside Iain tonight is his great hero. Charles McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio, one century ago. Charles is one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen — the first black fighter pilots — and he also happens to be Iain's great-grandfather. After more than 130 combat missions in World War II, he came back to a country still struggling for Civil Rights and went on to serve America in Korea and Vietnam. On December 7th, Charles celebrated his 100th birthday. A few weeks ago, I signed a bill promoting Charles McGee to Brigadier General. And earlier today, I pinned the stars on his shoulders in the Oval Office. General McGee: Our Nation salutes you."
Celebrating a 100th birthday is monumental in itself, but for retired Col. Charles E. McGee, shortly after this celebration he would reach yet another milestone in his successful career.
On Feb. 4, he found himself in the Oval Office at the White House being promoted to brigadier general by President Donald Trump.
“At first I would say ‘wow,’ but looking back, it would have been nice to have had that during active duty, but it didn’t happen that way,” McGee said. “But still, the recognition of what was accomplished, certainly, I am pleased and proud to receive that recognition and hopefully it will help me carry on as we try to motivate our youth in aviation and space career opportunities.”
Col. Charles McGee, right, a Tuskegee Airman during World War II, participates in the coin toss before the NFL Super Bowl 54 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Col. Charles Mcgee first time viewing his 1945 photo from Italy in Hangar 2! We love when we get to host our Airmen in the place where it began! March 30th, 2019.
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