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9/11 Stories: Then, the World Changed

When 9/11 happened, I was the Director of Technical Training for MCI Telecommunications Corp. While my primary office was in Dallas, I was in Columbus, OH reviewing the training assets of CompuServe (a company MCI had just bought) for opportunities to incorporate their capabilities into our own.

Then the world changed.

DHS Remembers: Honoring the Victims of the September 11th Attacks

We mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and mourn the nearly 3,000 lives taken too soon. The people who perished in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville—including the heroic first responders who gave their lives to help others—left behind loved ones and communities who were never again the same. In the years since, more than 2,000 more were lost to 9/11-related illnesses as a result of working in hazardous conditions during recovery operations. We honor their lives and their memory on this solemn occasion, and mourn what we all lost on that terrible day.  

A Call to Serve: The Heroes within I&A

As the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we are reminded of the resilience of our country and the significance of our mission here at the Department of Homeland Security.

9/11 Stories: The Moment that Changed My Life

In a lifetime there are moments that are indelibly etched into a person’s consciousness, images saved in our mind’s eye, that we can recall down to the smallest details where we were and what​ we were doing.

9/11 Stories: Time Stood Still

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I was in my office at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  I was a medical officer for Civilian Employee Health Services.  I recall a nurse running through the clinic yelling for everyone to go to the breakroom. “Something happened in New York!"

9/11 Stories: I Was 11 Years Old

​When 9/11 happened, I was 11 years old and in fifth grade. I found out when I was in art class and a message came in from the main office that our teacher was to read to the whole class. She began reading in her normal warm happy voice, but as she continued reading she got slower and slower.


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