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A jammed printer, a last minute decision and a view from the skies of D.C. the night of Sept. 12, 2001.

By Stephen T. Ziadie - August 31, 2021
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas For years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Linda Alcala wouldn’t use the restroom at the Pentagon without formulating a plan. 

“What should I do if the alarm goes off? Where’s the nearest exit? How quickly can I get to my gas mask?” she would ask herself.

In 2001, Alcala was an accounting office manager at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. She was printing reports ahead of her scheduled meeting at the Pentagon the morning of Sept. 11. A paper jam delayed her enough that she missed her bus to the meeting.

Had she been a passenger on the bus, she would have been dropped off minutes before flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon near the escalator to her fourth-floor meeting. 

After the plane hit the Pentagon, Alcala spent the next several hours sheltered in a bathroom, desperately trying to reach her son and other family members to let them know she was safe at Bolling, and not at the Pentagon. 

20 YEARS LATER: SEARCH AND RESCUE SOLDIERS REFLECT ON 9/11

By Thomas Brading - September 2, 2021 − FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Two decades ago as the nation reeled from the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, a unique team of search and rescue Soldiers put their training to work at the Pentagon when they were needed the most.

The effects of that Tuesday morning left a lasting legacy on the Army’s Military District of Washington Engineer Company. Years later, the unit was renamed the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company for its efforts that day.

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Fort Huachuca, Arizona, 2021- SupportOurTroops.Org was privileged to provide at no cost, including  delivery, $338,000 of requested PPE to the active duty  servicemembers at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.  61,152  8 oz. plastic bottles of gel hand sanitizer were delivered by the SOT Team to the base for servicemembers and families.   A full tractor-trailer load of care package goods.

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Kabul, Afghanistan, August 30, 2021 - U.S. Central Command announced early this morning Eastern Time that Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, is the final American service member to depart Afghanistan and that his departure closes the U.S. mission to evacuate American citizens, Afghan Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and vulnerable Afghans. He is pictured here as he boards a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by Master Sgt. Alex Burnett.

FORT DRUM, N.Y. – U.S. Army Sgt. Klayton McCallum, a combat medic with the New York National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, navigates a barbed wire obstacle during the 10th Mountain Division Expert Field Medical Badge assessment at Fort Drum, N.Y., May 20, 2021. (photo by Sgt. 1st Class Warren W. Wright Jr., New York National Guard)

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FORT DRUM, N.Y. – U.S. Army Sgt. Klayton McCallum, a combat medic with the New York National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, navigates a barbed wire obstacle during the 10th Mountain Division Expert Field Medical Badge assessment at Fort Drum, N.Y., May 20, 2021.
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A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III safely transported 823 Afghan citizens from Hamid Karzai International Airport, Aug. 15, 2021. The initial count of 640 passengers included only adults, inadvertently leaving off 183 children seated in laps as passengers were transported from the flight line. The correct total passenger count of 823 is a record for the C-17.  Photo by USAF photographer.

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