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George T. Babbitt Jr. - Wikipedia

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General George T. Babbitt (81) is a retired
United States Air Force
four-star general who served as Commander,
Air Force Materiel Command (COMAFMC), from 1997 to 2000.

As a teenager in the late 1950s, Babbitt joined the Ventures rock
group, replacing the original drummer, Skip Moore. Just before
the band gained fame with their huge hit "Walk Don’t Run" in
1960, Babbitt had to drop out because he was not old enough to
play the nightclubs and bars the band was beginning to work in.

Babbitt was commissioned in 1965 through the Reserve Officer
Training Corps
program at the University of Washington. He
trained as an aircraft maintenance officer and served as officer
in charge of fighter flight lines in the United States, the Pacific
and Europe.

He twice commanded aircraft maintenance squadrons and was
deputy commander for maintenance of a European F-15 wing.

Prior to assuming command of Air Force Materiel Command,
Babbitt was director of the Defense Logistics Agency at
, Virginia. (Wikipedia)

1998.March 1st. Walk Don't Run with General George Babbitt - YouTube

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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019 file photo, World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks holds a photo of him taken in 1943, as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Brooks celebrated his 112th birthday, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 with a drive-by party at his New Orleans home hosted by the National War War II Museum. Drafted in 1940, Brooks was a private in the Army’s mostly Black 91st Engineer Battalion. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man who is the oldest living World
War II veteran in the United States has marked his 112th birthday.

Lawrence Brooks celebrated Sunday with a drive-by party at his
New Orleans home hosted by the National World War II Museum,
The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate
reported. He

also received greetings from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards,
who tweeted, “Mr. Brooks, the entire state of Louisiana thanks
you for your service and we all wish you a joyous birthday.”


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