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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.

DOD prioritizes China as its long-term pacing challenge because of its increased military confidence, willingness to take risks and China's adoption of a coercive and aggressive approach to the Indo-Pacific region, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks said.

Connie Dugan Popel was a recreation aide for the American Red Cross for as part of the Supplemental Recreational Activities Overseas Program — better known as the "Donut Dollies" — for a yearlong tour during the Vietnam War.

Small businesses are agile and innovative, and every day they provide value in their contributions as prime and sub-tier suppliers to the defense mission, the director of the Defense Department's Office of Small Business Programs said.

No other military in the world could do what the U.S. military accomplished in evacuating 124,000 people — Americans, Afghans and third country personnel — from Kabul, a senior defense official said.

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