Approaching the anniversary of Sept. 11, how has this day impacted your life?

Submitted by David D. Underwood Jr. and Ensign Heather Hill

Staff Sgt. Scott Nishiki
154th Maintenance Squadron

“I would say that the event that occurred on Sept. 11 gave me a greater sense of purpose and dedication towards the country I’m serving.”

McLane Nguyen
Veteran and Air Force spouse

“Sept. 11 was a tragic event for our country. This allowed me to understand that I must serve my country with brothers and sisters to protect our country.”

1st Lt. Kendall Carey
15th Operations Support Squadron

“Sept. 11 happened when I was young, 3rd grade, but I remember that it was very serious. Once I grew older I understood that my brother-in-law was serving in the Iraq War because of 9/11. It was also a motivator for me to join the service a few years later.”

Pfc. Myles Ayres
Charlie Co. 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion

“I was 3 years old when the attack happened, so I don’t remember much. I am grateful for the men and women who responded that day to protect the people from harm’s way.”

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Maximo Martinez
USS Hopper

“I was in elementary school when it happened. I am grateful to live in this country and that there are people who never had to face that day. That day is what motivated me to serve.”

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Joseph Sanchez
JBPHH

“I was there, two streets down from the towers. I still have nightmares to this day.”

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