DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. – At present marks the 19th anniversary of the unforgettable terrorist assaults that took the lives of practically 3,000 individuals in New York Metropolis, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and endlessly modified the lives of People all over the place.
In reminiscence of these misplaced within the tragedy, Dobbins hosted a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony right here on the POW/MIA Park this morning.
“September 11, 2001 changed life in the United States forever, and its impact on our military brothers and sisters will be felt for a long time to come,” mentioned Col. Craig McPike, set up commander, throughout the ceremony.
The ceremony included a second of silence at 8:46 a.m. when American Airways Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Commerce Heart in New York Metropolis. Airmen from the 94th Safety Forces Squadron lowered the flag to half-mast whereas faucets performed. On account of COVID-19 measures, attendance was restricted to base management and a handful of Airmen and members from the Dobbins Fireplace Division. Many watched the occasion stay on social media.
In his speech, the bottom commander mentioned the essential position the Air Pressure Reserve performed within the bigger reduction efforts.
“Our aeromedical evacuation aircrews were among the first to respond,” mentioned McPike. “We provided the majority of the mortuary affairs support, and our aircrew flew in critical supplies, equipment and personnel, including emergency response teams from FEMA, fire trucks, search dogs, and earth moving equipment. Our F-16 fighters and KC-135 air-refueling tankers immediately began overhead combat air patrol to support our major US cities. We were quickly joined by AWACS and C-130 aircrews under the direction of NORAD in support of Operation Noble Eagle.”
The colonel concluded his speech highlighting ongoing nationwide efforts and displaying gratitude for being a part of the Air Pressure Reserve.
“The response of our Reservists in this time of crisis has been overwhelming and since then over 11,000 Air Force Reservists have been mobilized, and thousands more continue to provide daily support as volunteers,” McPike mentioned. “Never have I been so proud to be part of the Air Force Reserve and to be an American.”