The National Capital Area Council, White Oak District Scout BSA Troop 96 of Silver Spring, Maryland, is sponsored by the People’s Community Baptist Church had the distinct honor of serving as the Color Guard for the Memorial Service to honor Brigadier General Charles E. McGee. The celebration of life was filled with tributes of his admiration, reflection, and recognition of the significance of Scouting in the Brigadier General’s life. There were tributes to his service to the United States as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II and his continued service during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Even our very own Eagle Scouts were granted the opportunity to deliver a final Eagle Scout Charge acknowledging his steadfastness and dedication to the principles of Scouting. Lastly, The McGee Family’s reflections were equaled by the expressions delivered by the distinguished guest Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen and a Four-Star General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff, United States Air Force.
The Memorial service culminated in a two-year relationship between the Troop and Brigadier General McGee. His daughter Yvonne highlighted his love for Scouting and the meaning of the Scout Oath and Law. Just two short years ago, Troop 96 and the National Capital Area Council honored retired Air Force Brigadier General Charles E. McGee with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, was established in 2013 and recognized individuals whose accomplishments embody the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law. Also, Troop 96 honored Brigadier General McGee with its first honorary Eagle Scout Award.
Scout BSA Troop 96, established in 1991, has developed a mission to foster and develop a quality program in the White Oak District and the National Capital Area Council. The Troop’s objective is to offer boys meaningful experiences in leadership, outdoor adventure, learning opportunities and recognition for accomplishment, and the development of life skills to help each boy contribute to his family, his church, his community, and our nation. Troop 96 provides each boy an opportunity to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. As of February 2022, Troop 96 has produced 68 Eagle Scouts since its inception.
The Memorial Service for Brigadier General Charles E. McGee occurred on Sunday, February 6 at 3:00 pm EST, you can view the service here.