100-Year-Old Tuskegee Airman Honored At State Of The Union



Alais Alzaga, Media Arts Editor

Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee just turned 100 years old. He has flown 130 combat missions against Nazis, and has fought in not only WWII, but also the Vietnam War and the Korean War. He was recognized by NASA and now by President Trump at the State of the Union in Washington D.C. on February 4th, 2020, where he was officially promoted to brigadier general.

His father, Lewis Allen, was a teacher, social worker, and an African Methodist Episcopal minister at various times, jobs that contributed to numerous moves. As a child, Charles was a Boy Scout and earned the Eagle Scout badge on August 9th, 1940. He later served on the Boy Scouts in district and area positions. He had been honored with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. In 1978  McGee went back to college and received his degree at Columbia college after his original college education was interrupted by World War 2. McGee was also the consultant for the 2012 George Lucas movie, Red Tails, a war movie about the Tuskegee airmen during WWII. His service as a Tuskegee airman left a huge impact on the Air Force community.

Trump also mentioned the brigadier general’s great-grandson Iain Landphier, an eighth grader who is 13 and from Arizona, was called “one of the Space Force’s youngest potential recruits.”

Space Force is a new military branch who conducts space warfare. It was officially established on December 20th, 2020 and was signed into law by President Trump.

Congratulations to Iain and airman Charles McGee.