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Charlie’s Granddaughter To Serve as AC-130 Gunner
By Harold Hutchison

Charlie Beckwith became a special operations legend, best known for founding the Army’s Delta Force. His legacy, however, is not ending with him. Now, one of his descendants is joining the special operations community – and it is not where or who you would expect.

Airman First Class Mary Howe has qualified as an aerial gunner on the AC-130 Spectre. The AC-130, which is equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, a 40mm Bofors, and a 105mm howitzer, carries heavy firepower. Her mother, Connie Beckwith Howe, was one of three daughters of the special operations legend.

Howe is one of twenty women who are qualified to serve as aerial gunners on the AC-130.