He was a very positive influence to his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. His friends liked to talk about the one guy that he would always remind to wear his gear. He really looked after them.
— Debbie Vaughn, aunt
McGee worked as a trainer of military police in Afghanistan. In one of his last e-mails home, McGee expressed thanks that his aunt's husband, a Navy lieutenant commander, had returned home safely from a deployment to Kuwait.
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