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AF looks for 9/11 stories

by Tech. Sgt. J.C. Woodring
Air Force Print News

SAN ANTONIO -- The face of the world changed when terrorists intentionally crashed commercial aircraft into the Twin Towers in New York and into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. A global audience watched the attacks live on television, and the repeated images haunted many for weeks, months or even years.

These attacks inspired different reactions. Some feared living in major cities, others became avid news junkies, and many chose to join the fight for freedom. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 135,000 have joined the Air Force.

Air Force officials want to share their stories.

In an effort launched Aug. 17, Airmen who are part of this "9/11 Generation" can tell their stories through Air Force Link, the Air Force's official Web site.

"Before 9/11, many Airmen never really thought that they might go to war," said Col. Janice Gunnoe, Air Force News Agency commander. "Since the attacks, our new Airmen understand that their country is at war, and they chose to join the fight anyway.

"This is a drastic change in their motives, and these letters are a way for them to tell their stories," she said.

Airmen can submit stories to www.af.mil/letters/index.asp?type=4. To record an audio story, call 877- 237-2346 toll free, DSN 945-5918 or commercial 210- 925-5918 and select Option 2.

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