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Fighter jets from Luke Air Force Base flew in a low missing-man formation over the state Capitol on Friday morning to honor the life and service of Maj. George Washington Biggs, an Arizona Native who served as one of the youngest Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
Biggs, who died in September at the age of 95, was born in Nogales, joined the military in 1943 at the age of 18, and served during World War II, as well as during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Funeral services celebrating the life of one of the last living original Tuskegee Airman in Arizona took place Friday morning at the World War II memorial in Wesley Bolin Plaza at the Capitol.
George Washington Biggs, a Nogales native, died at the age of 95 in a Tucson senior care facility on Sept. 19, according to his daughter Rose Dickerson-Biggs. He served in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Korean War.
Even before President Donald Trump's speech Wednesday on U.S. tensions with Iran, two key members of Arizona's congressional delegation — a Democrat and a Republican — viewed Tuesday's relatively minor missile attacks as a chance to step back from the brink of war.
The lack of casualties from Iran's missile strikes on bases in Iraq that house U.S. troops left Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., hoping for a de-escalation of the situation.