Monthly Archives: September 2012

9/11/01: Eleven Years Later

     It was a crisp fall morning eleven years ago today.  I was a second lieutenant in the middle of the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Ft. Benning, and we had been up all night training. Morning chow was over, and a new crew of cadre was arriving. We were preparing our weapons and equipment for our second day in the field, and the day was beginning to take shape. We first heard about the attacks via a cadre member who knew little. No one understood the magnitude of the attack, but suspicions were rising and our curiosity had been piqued. We tuned in to the local CBS affiliate via our SINCGARS radios, and listened intently as the coverage unfolded. We could hear the words – and did so for so many hours over the next three days – but we had no idea what the images better conveyed. We were angry, and we were in the relative dark as our fates were being sealed.

      

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