Started by Extremepredjudice, September 11, 2011, 04:39:02 PM
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Quote from: EMT-83 on September 12, 2011, 01:57:37 AMSo many memories came back today...Strangers stopping us on the street to thank us for our service, and not feeling worthy of their praise.
Quote from: Eclipse on September 11, 2007, 05:59:28 PMI was working as an IT / Facilities Director for an Internet company in Downtown Chicago. Our offices were in Citicorp Center, which is also the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Northwestern train station), one of the two major rail hubs in Chicago.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogilvie_Transportation_CenterMy schedule was somewhat flexible, and I had a late start because my house was being painted. Like most people I woke up to sporadic reports of an "accident" in Manhattan, and had the television on when the second plane hit, causing me to yell to my contractor to get into the kitchen and starting a bad day.After watching for a while I left for the train, listening on my radio all the way - to this day I can remembers the dichotomy between the informed and uninformed. There were a number of people on the train listening as well, and we would occasionally look at each other in (fear? horror? anger?) I don't know, but the look was the same - contrasted against the uninformed / disinterested reading yesterday's news or sleeping.About 1/2-way into the the city (40 minute trip), they started talking about other attacks, and I was struck with 2-seconds of literal panic - Chicago has the tallest building in the US, and I work in a large BRIGHT BLUEbuilding on the edge of the city, which is also a transportation hub - and I was going TO the building because I felt a responsibility for the people and the assets.((*)) Well, I wasn't going to stop the train.When I got downtown, things were "exciting" - there was never anything like a panic, but certainly most people by then had something similar on their mind.I went downstairs and bought a small B&W television from the Osco - the only place we cold get a signal was in the CMO's office, where I huddled around that little 5" screen with the CEO, CFO, CTO and a few other execs. Being the typical dot-comer / finance types, several of them had friends of family in or near the towers. There was also business concern that a financing round we desperately needed would be impacted by the crisis this would cause in the markets. (life, does, after all, go on).Executives watching a 5" B&W television with the image of a collapsing building will be in my memory forever.As time clicked, the sky got quiet (no planes), and the news services talked more and more about follow-up attacks such as in Ireland (IRA) where they wait for ES people to respond and then set off round two, I got more and more insistent that we release everyone who was working to go home. Considering how organized the attackers looked, I believed an excellent second strike would be to wait until the whole country was going home and hit the trains and expressways - and again, that big blue building out in the open with a train station in the basement. From our windows and on the news we could see the the commute was starting early, with thousands of people in the streets moving towards the exits.After what I thought was way too much hesitation, I convinced them to let everyone go home, which was great, except this was what every other company in Chicago had decided as well. Thus began the great exodus from the city. And to Chicago's credit, there were few issues outside of crowded buses and trains. The expressways, of course, were a nightmare.My CAP activity consisted of checking into the unit and relaying availability - many local units participated in airport watches for days after, as well as assisting stranded aircrews and passengers, especially at larger regional airports like Rockford and Palwaukee that see a lot of traffic but don't expect people to hang around very long. Several of our pilots had stories about being ordered to land "immediately" and then having to find a way home by some other means, only to retrieve their planes later in the week.My unit hosted a joint seminar a few days later with the FAA and AOPA to guide pilots on procedures should they be intercepted by the military because they were in restricted airspace. This was especially an issue for PWK and UGN pilots because of their respective proximity to O'Hare, the city, and a nuclear plant on the North Shore. Sneeze or get a bad tailwind on a go-around, and you were in trouble.The unit meeting the next Tuesday had more participants than I had ever seen, with the CC filling staff positions which hadn't been occupied in years and discussing increased funding and tasking.We all knew things had changed.(BTW - thank you to the NY'ers for getting it done for all of us - to this day their photos are some of the most clear and comprehensive. Whenever I see them I try and grasp the enormous pressure they were under.There have been pivotal moments in our history, and if that is not the pinnacle, I don't know what is.)
Quote from: bosshawk on September 12, 2011, 06:59:51 AMMy first thought was of the B-25 that crashed into the Empire State Building right after World War II(yes, I am that old).
Quote from: Eclipse on September 12, 2011, 03:40:14 AMI have no weapon to grab, and no post to man, but I hope the small contributions I make and the way I live my life helps to the extent it can, and that my children will see the benefits of the efforts and lives spent making the world a safer place.It's not an easy job, it's not done, and the work continues on the backs of the men, women, and families of our armed forces and public servants.Thank you.
Quote from: a2capt on September 15, 2011, 03:39:26 AMAttention All Aircraft - By Order of the Federal Aviation Command Center all airports, aerodromes are not authorized for (ops?) or takeoff until further notice. Advise initial contact you have information Tango
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