NASA to Honor Tuskegee Airman During Black History Month Program

NASA to Honor Tuskegee Airman During Black History Month Program

As a neighborhood of its celebration of Black History Month, NASA will honor retired Air Force Col. Charles McGee at a ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 5, within the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, located at 300 E Street SW in Washington.

The event, sponsored by the NASA Headquarters chapter of Blacks in Government, will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST and may air survive NASA TV and thus the agency’s website.

McGee, who served as a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen during war II – known at the time because the “Red Tails” – was a career officer within the Air Force and also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars, having flown 409 combat missions during his 30 years of service. Of the 355 Tuskegee pilots who flew in combat, McGee is one of only nine surviving. McGee is scheduled to receive an honorary promotion to the rank of brigadier , as authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, which President Trump signed into law in December, the same month McGee celebrated his 100th birthday.

McGee are getting to be joined by NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, also a retired Air Force colonel, who logged quite 612 hours in space on spacecraft Endeavor on the STS-118 mission in 2007 and spacecraft Discovery on STS-133 in 2011. the two will share their experiences on what it means to be a trailblazer and to inspire others to follow their dreams.

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