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Retired war veteran celebrates 98th birthday

Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday.
Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday.(Robins Air Force Base)
Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 3:18 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 4:51 PM EDT
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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (WALB) - Lt. Col. Robert Phillips celebrated his 98th birthday with the help of Robins Air Force Base in Houston County.

Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday.
Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday.(Robins Air Force Base)

Personnel on the base led Lt. Col. Phillips on a special tour to commemorate Tuesday’s occasion.

Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday.
Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday.(Robins Air Force Base)

Phillips was an aircrew member and a navigator during World War II. He also flew over the Korean and Vietnam Wars during his service.

On Friday, Phillips met with airmen who took him aboard an E-8C Joint Surveillance attack radar system aircraft to share experiences.

Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday.
Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday.(Robins Air Force Base)
Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday
Lt. Col. Robert Phillips' 98th birthday(Robins Air Force Base)

Phillips is an Albany native and now lives in Cordele. There was also a celebration Tuesday in Vienna to honor Phillips’ birthday.

Happy Birthday Lt. Col. Robert Phillips!

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