OGTA's OPENING PROMOTIONAL TRAILER
DEBRIEF #3 - 'ONWARD, UPWARD' with Brigadier General Charles McGee
On 2 September 2020, the Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS) and Old Guys and Their Airplanes (OGTA) had a broadcast Debrief #3 LIVE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with Tuskeegee Airman, Brigadier General Charles McGee!
On Wednesday, 2 September, Tuskegee Airman and 3-war combat pilot Brigadier General Charles McGee was interviewed live as part of the Old Guys and Their Airplanes "Debrief" series in association with the DFC Society.
Press Release: CLICK HERE
This was an historic interview! It's a wonderful and especially rare opportunity (see video link below) for anyone to learn history from someone who was "up close and personal"; with WWII, racial segregation and the transition of many generations of Americans.
Brigadier General McGee served in WWII, The Korean War and Vietnam War, accumulating an astounding 409 combat missions. His civilian service is marked by extensive honors including the nation’s highest civilian award, The Congressional Gold Medal. Today, at age 100, he remains an active role model to youth, promoting his mantra of personal success, “Perceive, Prepare, Perform and Persevere.” The live interview was FREE TO THE PUBLIC with special emphasis on encouraging teachers and group leaders to tune-in.
To this point, the 2 September interview with Brigadier General McGee was conducted during the "school time" - 9am Pacific, 10am Mountain, 11am Central and Noon Eastern. ** If for whatever reason, you were not able to view the live interview, it's not too late to click on the link below to see the video.
The Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Educators Kit is provided below.
** Click on the video below to view the interview with Brigadier General Charles McGee in 'ONWARD, UPWARD'.
Using Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Educators Kit Package
The three free main components of the Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Educators Kit were designed to allow the individual teacher ﬂexibility in addressing their speciﬁc needs. Downloading, printing and distributing is encouraged but please respect the copyright and hard work of the many people who contributed by not altering content, hosting it or distributing it without written permission.
Download the three free main components. Click HERE to download.
The Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Main Kit
This four page .pdf uses the story of 'Onward and Upward' as a launching point to challenge students to deﬁne their own dream of success and realize it through intelligent work and positive behavior.
Click HERE to download.
The Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Photo Kit
Who doesn’t like pictures?! Many of the photos included are previously unpublished. However, they provide historical and photographic insight into Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee' fascinating career.
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The Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Worksheets
These worksheets provide the practical aspect of bringing 'Onward and Upward' into the classroom. There are five pages and each one features two questions for students to thoughtfully and independently engage with Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee' story.
Click HERE to download.
DEBRIEF #2 - 'VIETNAM GETS REAL' with BRUCE HUFFMAN, DFC Society Chairman
Old Guys and Their Airplanes interviewed DFC Society Chairman Bruce Huffman LIVE using Zoom technology.
Bruce’s story featured his service as an Army Scout pilot (OH-6A) in 1968-69 and feature his harrowing experiences at nearly grass-level flushing out NVA.
Click on the video below to view the interview with Bruce Huffman in 'VIETNAM GETS REAL'.
DEBRIEF #1 - 'OPERATION TAILWIND' with PAT OWEN, DFC Society Treasurer
Old Guys and Their Airplanes interviewed DFC Society Treasurer Pat Owen LIVE using Zoom technology.
Pat Owen with 750 Vietnam War Sorties, Cobra Pilot, Operation Tailwind represented the team to rave reviews from a crowd that checked in from around the world. Pat shared his DFC experience during Operation Tailwind and along the way, brought us up to speed on the Cobra, media relations and the power of good friendships.
Click on the video below to view the interview with Pat Owen in 'OPERATION TAILWIND'.
ABOUT OLD GUYS AND THEIR AIRPLANES (OGTA)
OGTA stands for “Old Guys and Their Airplanes,” an internationally award-winning production company focused on bringing the leadership and historically significant stories of American military veterans to the public.
CLICK HERE to VIEW OGTA's OPENING PROMOTIONAL TRAILER
“Debriefs” are interviews with decorated combat veterans conducted live and allowing the audience a chance for Q&A with the veteran. Aviation artist, writer and filmmaker John Mollison conducts the interviews.
The Distinguished Flying Cross Society and OGTA have partnered to brand these Debriefs as essential components of educating the general public - of all generations - on how individuals have served our country, heroically.
The first two inaugural “Debrief” events were extraordinarily successful, engaging an international audience. Follow up contact with attendees has reinforced that “this” is an important way to reach others with the message that supports all the characteristics that warrant the award of “DFC.”
OGTA Debriefs are designed for anyone who wants to learn more about history - veterans, family members, teachers, media and history buffs. Host John Mollison says that it’s best to learn important lessons of history from people who were actually there and we can’t disagree with that!
OGTA Debriefs are pay-per-event with proceeds going to support the time-intensive production and, most importantly, the goals and mission of the DFC Society. Though the cost per event is modest, know that the DFC Society receives a check for at least 50% of the ticket cost, free and clear.
If you are a DFC SOCIETY member, we would like your support and to hear from you if you have a tale to tell.
But in the end, please take a few moments and consider OGTA’s mantra, “When an old (person) dies, a library burns.” The future of our nation, our businesses, our communities and even families benefit when we pass the wisdom of our life’s experience onto the rest.
The first two “Debriefs” featured Vietnam War helicopter pilots Pat Owen and Bruce Huffman (and DFCS members) were successful, reaching an international audience (as well as raising money for the DFCS!).
More “Debrief” interviews are being planned and slated to include features that deepen and widen the powerful, positive impact of these veteran’s experiences. All in all, the DFCS/OGTA partnership is a powerful way support the mutual mission of ensuring the stuff that makes America great gets passed unto others.