The 2021 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is now officially underway. Deputy Secretary John Tien has officially kicked off this important effort in a new video.
On Saturday I joined many others in New York City to attend the memorial service honoring the lives lost as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was both heartbreaking and inspiring to hear family members pay tribute to the loved ones they, and all of us, lost.
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.
Through the work you do every day, you honor the lives that were lost as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
When people ask me, what is my motivation to work with DHS? My reply is short, 9/11.
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.
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.
It was the loudest bang I ever heard. It wasn’t just a single sound but seemed to reverberate for over a second. Since I was located on the fourth floor of 6 World Trade Center I couldn’t tell what just happened.
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!"
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.