It is hard to believe that 11 years have passed since the horrific 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
On September 11, 2001, I was the administrative officer of a Defense Department command in Philadelphia. I oversaw security, safety and other programs for the command.
That morning I was sitting in my office on a naval base in Philadelphia when one of our people stopped in and told me a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.
"Accident or terrorism?" I asked.
When we later heard a second aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center, we knew we were under attack. I thought of the Tom Clancy novel where he had a villain crash an aircraft into Washington D.C.
My security job more than doubled from that day until the day I retired from the Defense Department in 2007.
Last year I wrote a piece for Counterterrorism magazine on the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. You can read the piece below:
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