WASHINGTON -- Less than 48 hours after returning from the Persian Gulf, Army Sgt. Paulette McDuffie was flown to the nation's capital for an all-star welcome from Defense Secretary Richard Cheney, Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and various celebrities.
McDuffie, a Baltimorean, was one of a few hundred members of the services picked at random to take part in Tuesday night's "Salute to the Men and Women of the Desert Storm Campaign" at the Washington Hilton.
"We're going to see the show and then head out on the town," said McDuffie, a personnel administrator and 1984 graduate of Baltimore's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. She was accompanied by Barbara Tony of Baltimore, who had helped raise McDuffie since she was a teen-ager.