In the Duncan Hunter books, Captain William McGee, U.S. Navy SEAL, retired, is a major composite character. I met a few Navy SEALs at the Naval War College but none were more impressive than our class president. We talked shop and careers and avoided operational stuff. We didn’t talk politics. We played a little racquetball–well, one of us did. I swear the man could do everything well, except play racquetball. His Schwarzenegger physique, culled from hours in the weight room, telegraphed his athletic prowess, his ability to survive in the most difficult of conditions, as well as his lethality. People would think he was Schwarzenegger’s Predator character without the make up and the crazy helmet. Nightmarish bad.
Readers of Special Access are introduced to my very special SEAL. As Duncan Hunter learned, Captain Bill McGee was the most decorated special operations warrior in special operations history. He was Special Operations Command 9-1-1 response. When America needed bad guys eliminated or neutralized, they’d call McGee. Finding and killing the enemies of America was his specialty. McGee has tremendous interest in airplanes as he was the son of one of the original WWII Tuskegee Airmen. McGee was disqualified from becoming a pilot because of poor color and distance vision, so he became a SEAL. He also liked to blow up stuff. An explosives expert.
I gave him tiny round eyeglass lenses to give him the air of being incredibly smart as if he were a scholar. There was nothing he couldn’t do, except one thing. When America needed him most, after 9/11, he couldn’t find the master terrorist Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Tora Bora, Afghanistan. When the CIA personally blamed him for failing to find Osama bin Laden, McGee was relieved of command and removed from Special Operations Command. No one really knew why the legendary Navy SEAL was sent packing to the Naval War College. The master of his profession, his 35-year career wasn’t supposed to end as a student. With his professional life in tatters, McGee invites Hunter to sit with him in the auditorium. In a business where he had few friends, he lowered his defenses and he and Hunter become fast friends. McGee didn’t know it then, but he couldn’t have found a truer friend. And friends always come running when there is trouble.
More to follow.