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FBI Passes Pentagon Crash Site Responsibilities to Army

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2001 – The FBI handed over Pentagon crash site management to the Army Military District of Washington at 7 a.m. today.

The transfer of responsibility marks the end of the FBI's crime scene investigation following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack against the Pentagon. MDW will oversee ongoing security operations around the damaged area of the building. FBI investigators will move their operations to the Pentagon's north parking lot and continue to sift through debris for more evidence.

"We've been overwhelmed by the support provided by the service members, firefighters, police and relief organizations that have worked with us over the last two weeks," said Van A. Harp, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. "Our job would have been more difficult without the selfless service of these brave men and women."

About 10,000 tons of debris have been removed to date during rescue and recovery efforts at the Pentagon. In addition, more than 1,500 men and women assigned to MDW have provided recovery and security assistance.

"This tragedy has changed all of our lives forever," said Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson, military district commander. "I'm extremely proud of the way our military and civilian team members have worked together under such trying circumstances."

(From an Army Military District of Washington release.)


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Click photo for screen-resolution imageArmy Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson presents FBI special agent Arthur Eberhart a poster-sized photo of the American flag unfurled from the roof of the Pentagon Sept. 12, the day after terrorist crashed a hijacked jetliner into the building. Eberhart, special agent in charge of the FBI crime scene investigation at the Pentagon, turned over control of the site to Jackson's command, the Military District of Washington, in a transfer ceremony Sept 26, 2001.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageSoldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) fold an American flag that had been displayed at the Pentagon disaster and recovery site. The FBI transferred site control to the Army's Military District of Washington on Sept. 26, 2001. The flag was a commemorative gift to FBI crime scene investigators, who continue their operations in a nearby parking lot.  
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