Working across from the Pentagon

Date Submitted: 09/10/2002
Author Info: Wesley (Bolling AFB DC - USA) 
Occupation: Government/Military
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: Yes

I had been in the Air Force for 3 years. I worked at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. For those of you who don’t know, Bolling is just inside D.C. and provides a view of the Pentagon, the Capitol and a few other landmarks.

I was doing my usual work, when suddenly everyone was pouring into our break room. I worked my way into the break room and saw the T.V. reporting of the first plane crash. When we saw the second plane crash, everyone in the room said “That’s it, we’re going to war.”

Suddenly the news switched over to a reporter in the Pentagon who was trying to question officials on what was going on. The reporter started to feel the ground shake inside the Pentagon.

Without being able to figure out what was going on, we were told to evacuate our building (it was needed by the base commander). We stormed out into the parking lot, to see the Pentagon smoking.

We had 200 or so co-workers working in the Pentagon that day from our office. Of course, we didn’t find out for hours, but they were all O.K.

As I stood there watching the Pentagon smoke, I thought to myself “This will change the world forever!”


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