HomeNewsArticle Display

Where were you Sept. 11, 2001?

Members of the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, remember Sept. 11, 2001. (Air Force photo illustration by Maj. Gabe Johnson)

Members of the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, remember Sept. 11, 2001. (Air Force photo illustration by Maj. Gabe Johnson)

Staff Sgt. Pierce Franklin
Fire Department

Franklin had family in the pentagon when the plane crashed into it, but that wasn’t the only thing he remembered about that day.

“Being a fireman, I watched all the firemen walk into the towers that day and never come back down. I knew that they had made the ultimate sacrifice for people they didn’t even know, but that’s part of the job. It’s more a calling really.”

(Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Staff Sgt. Pierce Franklin, Fire Department - Sergeant Franklin had family in the Pentagon when the plane crashed into it, but that wasn’t the only thing he remembered about that day. “Being a fireman, I watched all the firemen walk into the towers that day and never come back down. I knew that they had made the ultimate sacrifice for people they didn’t even know, but that’s part of the job. It’s more a calling really.” (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Staff Sgt. Andreas Lorenz, 162nd Security Forces Squadron - "I was sitting at my desk when I got the news that were being attacked. No one really knew what was happening, Then it all kind of cooled down and we began to understand. It was a bad day. I never really thought about joining the military before then." (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Staff Sgt. Andreas Lorenz, 162nd Security Forces Squadron - "I was sitting at my desk when I got the news that were being attacked. No one really knew what was happening, Then it all kind of cooled down and we began to understand. It was a bad day. I never really thought about joining the military before then." (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Samantha Ithal
Retention

Barb Gavre
162nd Family Readiness Group

Samantha Ithal stands with her mother, Barb Gavre from family readiness, who remembers dropping her daughter off at school before she heard the news about the towers. 

“I remember being at school watching the news and everybody was bawling even though we didn’t know anybody who was involved in it.” 

(Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Samantha Ithal, Retention - Barb Gavre, 162nd Family Readiness Group - Samantha Ithal stands with her mother, Barb Gavre from family readiness, who remembers dropping her daughter off at school before she heard the news about the towers. “I remember being at school watching the news and everybody was bawling even though we didn’t know anybody who was involved in it.” (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Lt. Col. Erik Houston
Instructor Pilot

“I was a pilot for American Airlines at the time. When I first heard about the plane hitting the tower, I immediately thought it must have been bad weather and some issues with navigation. I turned on the TV and saw that it was a beautiful day and the second plane hit, and we all knew it was no mistake. After that, I went back into the National Guard.”

(Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Lt. Col. Erik Houston, Instructor Pilot - “I was a pilot for American Airlines at the time. When I first heard about the plane hitting the tower, I immediately thought it must have been bad weather and some issues with navigation. I turned on the TV and saw that it was a beautiful day and the second plane hit, and we all knew it was no mistake. After that, I went back into the National Guard.” (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Senior Airman Linda Lewis
162nd Maintenance Group

“My roommate woke me up telling me about what happened. I was in shock and worried because I couldn’t get hold of some close family friends who lived in the area. It took months before I heard from them.”

(Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Senior Airman Linda Lewis, 162nd Maintenance Group - “My roommate woke me up telling me about what happened. I was in shock and worried because I couldn’t get hold of some close family friends who lived in the area. It took months before I heard from them.” (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Airman 1st Class Siiri Moore
162nd Force Support Squadron

“I was in the sixth grade when it happened. It was kind of a shock at first because I didn’t understand it. The more I grew up and learned about it the harder it hit me. I actually felt like a part of it even though I don’t know anybody who was there.”

(Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Airman 1st Class Siiri Moore, 162nd Force Support Squadron - “I was in the sixth grade when it happened. It was kind of a shock at first because I didn’t understand it. The more I grew up and learned about it the harder it hit me. I actually felt like a part of it even though I don’t know anybody who was there.” (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Staff Sgt. Francisco Ralston
162nd Force Support Squadron
	
“My first thoughts, when I heard the news, were just strong feelings of patriotism.”
	
(Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Staff Sgt. Francisco Ralston, 162nd Force Support Squadron - “My first thoughts, when I heard the news, were just strong feelings of patriotism.” (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Senior Airman Ruben Carranza, 162nd Financial Management - Airman Carranza was listening to the radio at a civilian job when he found out about the attacks. Having no access to a television, he didn’t actually know what happened until his wife picked him up from work. The first words to come out of her mouth were about the attacks. They spent the rest of the day watching the news. “I remember just watching the news for the whole afternoon with my wife. We just kept watching the replay of the towers falling over and over again. I think we fell asleep watching the news without talking about anything else. It was that big of an impact.” (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

Senior Airman Ruben Carranza, 162nd Financial Management - Airman Carranza was listening to the radio at a civilian job when he found out about the attacks. Having no access to a television, he didn’t actually know what happened until his wife picked him up from work. The first words to come out of her mouth were about the attacks. They spent the rest of the day watching the news. “I remember just watching the news for the whole afternoon with my wife. We just kept watching the replay of the towers falling over and over again. I think we fell asleep watching the news without talking about anything else. It was that big of an impact.” (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Today marks the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Members of the 162nd Fighter Wing here remember where they were when they heard the news.

(Click through the photos on the right)