WHAT: Retired U.S. Air Force General Seth McKee will attend the Southeast Air Force ROTC’s Leadership Laboratory, addressing Southeast’s Air Force cadets about his military career. McKee will be in Cape Girardeau for Homecoming 2005 festivities.WHO: McKee is one of only three four-star generals from Missouri. He attended Southeast from 1934 to 1937.WHEN: 4 p.m. Oct. 24WHERE: Crisp Hall Room 125BACKGROUND:
During his tenure as general, McKee was commander in chief of the North American Air Defense (NORAD) Command, a military command consisting of United States and Canadian air defense forces with headquarters at the former Ent Air Force Base in Colorado. NORAD was responsible for air defense of the North American continent. He also served as commander in chief of the Continental Air Defense Command, the U.S. organization of NORAD, and as commander of the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Defense Command. McKee had operational command of all U.S. and Canadian strategic aerospace defense forces and was responsible for global aerospace surveillance and warning assessment of hostile attack from space.
McKee was born in McGehee, Ark. He graduated from Cape Central High School in 1934. He attended then Southeast Missouri State Teachers College for three years and then the University of Oklahoma. He began his military career in 1935 as a member of the Missouri National Guard and his Air Force career as an aviation cadet in February 1938. He graduated from flight training in February 1939. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters, Croix de Guerre with Palm (France), Croix de Guerre with Palm (Belgium), Belgium Fourragere, Order of Leopold with Palm (Belgium), First Class Order Royal Crown (Thailand), Order of Sacred Treasure, First Class (Japan), and National Security Merit, Second Class (Republic of Korea).