Going in with Both Eyes Open

On September 11th, 2001 (at around 0845 or so) I was with my college Air Force ROTC instructor. We were in the middle of a paperwork session that would affirm my intention to pursue an officers’ commission in the Air Force upon graduation.

I finished up with the papers and as my instructor shook my hand to congratulate me, an Air Force major mentioned in passing “so a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center.”


Read the rest here.


(My apologies if the following sounds at all maudlin or saccharine, but it wasn’t originally meant for publication.)

To the original post, longtime reader and tipster Mike Daley commented:

Thanks for the link. 9/11 is still a tear up day for me, and reading John’s post was a real feel good item.

I emailed Mike back with:

I’m (just) old enough now to think of these 23-, 24-year-old men as “kids.” But these …kids… are commissioned officers in the US Army, Air Force, and Navy. Already they’ve done more for this country than I have, or maybe ever will. That’s a fact, and it will never cease to astonish me.

And neither will these kids.

Mike then suggested that I post our email exchange here on VodkaPundit. So here it is, as a favor to a buddy


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