Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee (center), a decorated veteran of three wars, receives a congratulatory a send off after visiting with 436 Aerial Port Squadron personnel at Dover Air Force Base to help celebrate his 100th birthday in Dover, Delaware, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (Associated Press/David Tulis)
Retired Col. Charles McGee stepped out of the small commercial jet and flashed a smile.
Then a thumbs-up.
McGee had returned on a round-trip flight Friday morning from Dover Air Force Base, where he served as co-pilot on one of two flights done especially for his birthday.
By the way he disembarked from the plane, it was hard to tell that McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, was turning 100.
U.S. Army Soldiers eat their Thanksgiving meal on Combat Outpost Cherkatah, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. The Soldiers are deployed with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith)
In an ideal world, Thanksgiving is spent at the dining room table, surrounded by beloved family, close friends, and good food. For U.S. service members,
it's occasionally spent in the shit.
Army Sgt. Michael Zamora uses a prototype Third Arm exoskeleton to easily aim an 18-pound M249 light machine gun during testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, March 14, 2018.(U.S. Army/Conrad Johnson)
Earlier this week, I reported that U.S. Special Operations Command was working on an articulated, gyrostabilized "third arm" to help enhance operator's accuracy downrange.
Naturally, Task & Purpose readers responded with a barrage of dick jokes.
U.S. Marines with the Marine Corps Band have their Dress Blue Alpha uniforms inspected during the Virginia International Tattoo at Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA., April 24, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Yuritzy Gomez)
Marine Corps veterans Samuel Jackson and Richard Dunn never met, but one Marine uniform will connect them forever.