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Pentagon Command Center Recalls 9/11
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2006 — Sept. 11, 2001, started beautifully. But by 10 a.m., the clear blue skies were marred by black smoke rising above horrific scenes of death and destruction. | Story |
REFLECTIONS
Gordon England
Terrorist Attack Changed America Forever Click link to view video
William J. Gainey
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2006 Five years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England views them over the course of three distinct days he said forever changed America: one day the country celebrated its greatness, the next, that greatness came under attack, and the third day, the nation began striking back. | Story | 
Peter Pace
Shock, Anger Gave Way to Resolve Click link to view video
William J. Gainey
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 — It was an “eerie feeling” returning to the United States after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace. Pace had just been confirmed as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was in Bogota, Colombia, when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. | Story |
Edmund G. Giambastiani
9/11 Showed Importance of Transformation Click link to view video
Edmund G. GiambastianiWASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 – Adm. Edmund G. Giambastiani Jr., the most senior military officer serving in the Pentagon today who was present during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, recalls the painful irony of the day. | Story |
Richard Myers
Former Chairman Remembers Attacks Click link to view video
William J. GaineyWASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 — Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers was visiting senators on Capitol Hill, Sept. 11, 2001, when he first heard of a plane hitting the World Trade Center. The first reports called the strike a probable accident by a small plane, so Myers, now retired, went on with his appointments. | Story |
Timothy Keating
Northern Command Chief Talks of 9/11
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 — One result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was the establishment of U.S. Northern Command to deal with threats aimed at the United States, the organizationís commander said here today. | Story |
William J. Gainey
Attack Signaled an End of an Era Click link to view video
William J. GaineyWASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 — For the man who now serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, watching the televised image of an airliner hitting the World Trade Center signaled the end of an era as the country was thrust into war. | Story |
Rodney J. McKinley Click link to view video
William J. GaineyWASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 — Sept. 11, 2001, was an "incredible day" and one Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney McKinley said he'll never forget. It should also be a reminder to all Americans that we are a nation at war, he added.
Michael Mullen Click link to view video
William J. GaineyWASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Mullen said he often thinks of Sept. 11, 2001 - "the day the world turned upside down." The plane hit the Pentagon directly below his office. "It's a war that must be won and I am very much resolved to win it."
DoD Servicemembers' Reflections
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 — In a series of 60-second video spots, servicemembers share their memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks when airliners hit New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and went down in a field near Shanksville, Pa.
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RELATED LINKS
• Walter Reed Medical Center Staff Recall 9/11
• Proclamation: National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2006
• White House – 9/11 5 Years Later: Successes and Challenges
• September 11 Remembered, 2005
• We Will Never Forget, 2004
• Fallen Warriors
• How 9/11 Changed the Army
• Soldier Remembers NYC on 9/11 Anniversary
• 9/11 Influenced Three National Guard Members' Service
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Aerial view of the destruction caused when a hijacked commercial jetliner crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. The terrorist attack which caused extensive damage to the Pentagon followed similar attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cedric H. Rudisill
SURVIVORS
Debra Wagner
'A Horrible Way to Start a Beautiful Morning'
Debra WagnerWASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 — Debra Wagner and her colleagues at the Pentagon got a phone call telling them to turn on the television. There had been a terrible "accident" in New York City. | Story |
José Rojas
'All I Could See Was a Big Ball of Flames'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 — When José Rojas went to pull a badly burned woman from a Pentagon window after Islamic extremists drove a commercial airliner headlong into the building, her skin came right off in his hands. | Story |
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Fire and rescue workers unfurl a huge American flag over the side of the Pentagon during rescue and recovery efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. A hijacked commercial airliner, originating from Washington D.C.'s Dulles airport, was flown into the southern side of the building. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass
TRIBUTES
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Members of the United States Transportation Command lead more than 1,700 military and civilian runners during a Scott Air Force Base, Ill. 2.1 mile group run Sept. 11, 2006. The early morning event was a prelude to a 9/11 remembrance held on the base parade field during which Gen. Norton Schwartz, commander, United States Transportation Command addressed the formation. Photo by Bob Fehringer, USTRANSCOM/PA
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'Human Flag’ Kicks Off Hampton Roads Event
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Sept. 11, 2006 — Servicemembers from around the Hampton Roads, Va., area came together at Mount Trashmore Park to remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. | Story |
Cyclists End Fifth 9/11 'Tour de Force'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 — On a day filled with events across the country commemorating the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a group of 94 bicyclists marked the occasion in their own way, by completing a 272-mile journey from Ground Zero in New York City to the Pentagon here. | Story |
• Navy Retiree Drives Mobile 9/11 Memorial
PHOTO ESSAYS
• Scott AFB 9/11 Run
• Damage at the Pentagon, 2001
• View of a Tragedy, 2001
• Remembering 9-11 Photo Essay 1
• Essay 2
• Essay 3
• Essay 4
• Commemorating 9/11, 2003
 
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