On Dec. 20, 2019 One hundred year old Tuskegee Airmen Charles McGee was promoted to Brigadier General when the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 was signed into law.
"It’s wonderful to be recognized for service and what it means to serve," McGee said. "Certainly to receive that honorary rank is very meaningful."
McGee protected the Eighth Air Force bombers as part of the famous "Red Tails Squadron." Back then, white pilots were sent home after 50 missions. But McGee flew 136 missions over Nazi Europe. He then served in Korea and Vietnam, before retiring from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Colonel.
The centenarian’s family is anticipating a ceremony sometime next month. McGee insists his promotion is about promoting others sticking to their dreams.
"We had folks tell us you can’t do something," McGee said. "I think this kind of sweeps that away. Realize that you can."