It is incredible to believe that it has been ten years since our lives have changed. I believe on that fateful day that America lost her innocence. America had been fighting terrorism around the world, but not at home. Home was our sanctuary….our refuge. That was changed forever on this fateful day ten years ago.
In 1993, The World Trade Center had been the target of a smaller and less organized attack, but September 11, 2001 was anything but disorganized. It was planned long in advance, people trained, and they followed their plan. As a result, 2,977 innocent people died.
Our lives changed forever and how we look at the world. The US struck back at the Al Qaida terrorist group with the first official response on 7 October 2001 with the start of the aerial campaign. US Special Operations Forces led the response and has suffered many of the casualties as a result. I personally know many of the operators who have gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. SFC Daniel Petithory, SSG Brian Cody Prosser, and MSG Jefferson Davis were the first SF soldiers to pay that ultimate price.
I know that everyday, I think in some way or another about the events that happened on September 11. It may be catching a snippet on the war on the news or when I am visiting with former brothers at 5th SFG or at other SOF bases….or tragically, when we are contacted because someone has a need and are reaching out for assistance. I know that in all our lives, the Task Force Dagger Foundation feels the loss and hurt of each soldier and family we come into contact with. We are glad to be here and that we are able to help with what little we can. I know that I wish we were not needed.
In reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001; we have been at war for ten years and 6,207 Service men and women have defended our freedom with their last measure. Take a moment and go to http://militarytimes.com/valor/. This website lists all the casualties from OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom), OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom), and OND (Operation New Dawn). You can scroll down and learn more about these brave Americans. You can put a face to their name and find out more about them.
To my friends and former team mates, you are my family and I know that I am a better person for knowing you and serving with you. Thank you for your sacrifice and love for our great country.