Rushing off to work, but pausing first to remember and honor those whose lives were stolen on 9-11-01, a day that changed our nation forever. I know 9-11 changed my life forever. One experience that I will share with you: Immediately after 9-11, my base at the time shipped most of its security forces (SF) off to the desert. I volunteered to be part of the "READY force," which is non-SF trained to fill in for SF while they are deployed. At that time, many of my peers lived with blinders on- sure, we were in the military, but we military scientists would always fight from home. When someone threatened to overrun my post, I had to come face to face with the fact that if this man did not turn around I was going to have to kill him. I made my decision, trained my weapon on him, and thankfully he left. Along with him left all my concerns about possibly deploying. After all, someone has to lead the troops out, and it might as well be someone like me (who will get the job done). Sometimes we never know how we will respond until placed in the situation, and in this instance, I'm pleased with my response.

So please visit the following links to join me in honoring the immediate victims of 9-11. Please also never forget that we are a nation at war, and many are making the ultimate sacrifice every day that you and I might have our freedoms:

List of All Victims
Complete List of Victims

Lists broken down by flight/building:
World Trade Center
American Airlines Flight 11
United Airlines Flight 175
Pentagon (view bios on DefendAmerica)
American Airlines Flight 77
United Airlines Flight 93
Stories of Survivors

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