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What's your 9/11 story? Staff Sgt. Jaime McCauley

Staff Sgt. Jaime McCauley, 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jordan Jones)

Staff Sgt. Jaime McCauley, 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jordan Jones)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- I was working active duty at Seymour Johnson AFB on a targeting pod. One of my coworkers who was walking by my shelter mentioned that the Twin Towers had been bombed and that they were showing the news feed on the TV in the break room.

When I reached a good stopping point in the procedure I had been accomplishing, I decided to take a break and see what was happening. I went to the break room. Several of my other coworkers were already present.

No one really knew what was going on, not even the news reporters. Then the second airplane hit. The break room got quiet because we all knew what we had seen. We all knew what it meant.

The soldier next to me said it all, "Pack up guys, we're going to war."

Editor's note:

Ten years after Sept. 11, 2001, 162nd Fighter Wing members recall where they were that fateful day, and reaffirm their commitment to serve in the Arizona Air National Guard. Do you have a story to share? If so, email it to 162fw.pa.omb@ang.af.mil for posting here on the wing's official website.