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NASA to Honor Tuskegee Airman

  • Category
    Miscellaneous
  • Published
    20th Feb, 2020

As part of its celebration of Black History Month, NASA will honour retired Air Force Col. Charles McGee at a ceremony, in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters

Context

  • As part of its celebration of Black History Month, NASA will honour retired Air Force Col. Charles McGee at a ceremony, in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters.
  • The event is sponsored by the NASA Headquarters chapter of Blacks in Government.
  • McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen and a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Of the 355 Tuskegee pilots who flew in combat, McGee is one of only nine surviving.
  • McGee will be joined by NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, also a retired Air Force colonel, who logged more than 612 hours in space on space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-118 mission in 2007 and space shuttle Discovery on STS-133 in 2011.
  • McGee is scheduled to receive an honorary promotion to the rank of brigadier general, as authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
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