The 9/11 terrorist attacks changed everything for many people, not just those in New York City. Stories erupted of people who lost loved ones in the plane crashes from all over the United States, quickly followed by revelations from those who were supposed to be on those flights, but by a bit of chance, were not.
The Day It All Changed
For the military, it was the beginning of a major shift. Hugh Curry recalled the day in vivid detail in an article for Task & Purpose.
He and his wife and just arrived at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. He was working his way through the standard paperwork and processing that comes with coming back from overseas and settling into a stateside base.
On September 11, 2001, he took his three children to school and heard the news on NPR of the first plane hitting the North Tower. He, like many who listened that day, did not believe his ears.
He stopped by his apartment, and his wife Barbara was watching the coverage. Curry said that he sat down to watch it with her before his first appointment.
They watched as the second plane hit. Curry says he thought it had to be a terrorist attack. His wife asked, “Who would do this?” Curry knew that it was likely the head of the terrorist organization who had been attacking many other U.S. facilities across the globe, Osama Bin Laden.
When Curry called his boss at the base, he was told to stay home. Everything had been put on lockdown by Security Forces, and it was a mess.
Curry stayed at home and watched the rest of the events of the day unfold, including seeing the look on President George W. Bush’s face when someone told him what had just happened.
Curry wrote that he knew the U.S. would strike back just as they had during the Clinton administration when attacks happened but never thought we would be there for 20 years.
He said, eventually, they all got used to the new protocols on the bases—the long waits to get in as every car was checked by bomb-sniffing dogs or by Security Forces.
Curry ended his op-ed commending those who served in Afghanistan for their efforts and for trying to bring peace to a region that just is not open to change.