April 30, 2002—Ground
Zero Plus 231
Eagle Eye View From The Sentinels Of
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, April 30-- I received this
e-mail the other day from a friend of mine who spent countless
hours digging through the rubble of Ground Zero for victims
of the tragedy. As I studied the photo I was amazed
at its clarity (the original email allowed a much larger and
more precise look at the photo). It brought back memories
of my experience at Ground Zero when the world seemed to collapse
and death seemed imminent.
For me, I see
the photo as a symbol of the "eagle's eye view" from
the Sentinels of Vigilance--the watch guards who stand above
the site keeping a Vigilant Eye out for Terrorism of all different
sizes and shapes.
I do not believe
the thousands who died that day perished in vain.
Quite the contrary. I believe their spirits rose
and formed one body of Vigilance to remind us all that not only
physical Terrorism, but Emotional Terrorism must be fought with
the same passion we seek in our hunt for Osama bin Laden, and
others like him, who would strip the innocent of their rights
of security through inflicting Fear, Intimidation and Complacency
upon the helpless.
Below, I have printed the
military release that accompanies the picture. It
helps me remember why young men and women are willing to die
for the security of their nation, and to provide equal security
for others throughout the world.
* * *
Afghanistan Army News Service--An aircraft filled
with 101st Airborne Division soldiers en route to Afghanistan
circled the World Trade Center disaster site in lower
Manhattan last week to remind the troops of why they were
deploying. It was the first time since Sept. 11 that the
Federal Aviation Administration allowed a commercial plane to
fly over the site.
Capt. Richard Osborne,
pilot of MD-11 World Airways, radioed 20 minutes ahead to coordinate
the maneuver and the air traffic controllers were notably moved
by the request.
were happy to do it when we told them the 101st Airborne Division
(Air Assault) was on board," said Osborne.
"These people are going
over there and are literally risking their lives in response
to the terror that occurred at that place; it was very significant
that they get an opportunity to see it."
For the soldiers of Task
Force 187 making the trip, it was a reminder of what the
mission is all about. "It was definitely a sobering
moment, (a reminder) of what we're doing here," said
Specialist. Raymond Balance, Company D, 311th Military
Intelligence, ground surveillance. "It brought it
back to the front of my mind, of why we're doing this, by seeing
those two barren sites."
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