One-hundred-year old Tuskegee airman to receive promotion to Brigadier General

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December 11, 2019 - 10:23 am
Tuskegee Airman retired Air Force Col. Charles McGee

Airplane Owners and Pilots Association

By Lisa McLean

A 100-year-old retired United States Air Force colonel will be receiving an honorary promotion to Brigadier General.

Retired Colonel Charles McGhee, who resides in Bethesda, Md., is a combat veteran of three wars. He started his career as a Tuskegee Airmen, completing 136 combat missions. He then completed an additional 100 combat missions in the Korean Conflict and 173 combat missions in the Vietnam War. His 30-year distinguished career included him becoming the first African American to command a stateside Air Force Wing and Base in the integrated Air Force.

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representative Anthony Born (both D-Md.) spearheaded the promotion. They announced today the inclusion of their provision to authorize the honorary promotion of retired Colonel Charles McGhee within the House and Senate negotiated National Defense Authorization Act

(NDAA). Congress must now enact legislation authorizing the President to issue the honorary promotion.

“Charles McGee's service to our nation is truly remarkable and fully merits this distinguished recognition. I was proud to see the Senate come together on a bipartisan basis and unanimously pass this legislation to provide Col. McGee with this honor. I will keep working with my colleagues in the House to get this done as soon as possible for Col. McGee and his family,” said Senator Van Hollen.

The spry centenarian celebrated his birthday by flying a private plane between Frederick, Maryland, and Dover Air Force Base.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tuskegee Airman takes to the skies to celebrate his 100th birthday