Austin, Milley Call on Americans to Remember, Honor 9/11 Victims

4 months ago
AMERICA NEWS NOW

President Joe Biden said unity in America is the nation’s greatest strength – reflected by a coming-together of U.S. citizens in the days and months that followed the greatest attack on U.S. soil by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

Sailors from the USS Arlington, USS New York and USS Somerset, as well as others, attended an observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, for the heroes of United Flight 93, which crashed at 10:03 a.m., Sept. 11, 2001.

At a 9/11 memorial event at the Pentagon, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks said she remembers the resiliency of Americans following the attacks.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III hosted Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana at the Pentagon.

Two decades ago, Air Force Lt. Gen. Marc H. Sasseville, now the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau, was a lieutenant colonel with the D.C. Air National Guard. When aircraft hit the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, the nation went on alert — and so did he.

Survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon shared their recollections during webinars with college students and Department of Defense Education Activity high school students.

A number of organizations and individuals laid wreaths at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, including Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks. She also spoke with some of the survivors of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III recognized the vital contribution of Arabian Gulf allies, saying their aid enabled the evacuation of 124,000 people from Afghanistan.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency embarked on a new program called the Environmental Microbes as a BioEngineering Resource to secure America's rare earth elements supply chain.

The Defense Department extended use of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's "Firefly" program until September 2022 to help fight wildfires on the West Coast.