Top photo: A wreath, dog tags and empty shells adorn the North Dakota Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism at its dedication on Sept. 11, 2009. The memorial is located at the front gate of Fraine Barracks, the N.D. National Guard headquarters, in Bismarck, N.D. This joint venture of the city of Bismarck and the National Guard honors 28 North Dakotans, of which fourteen are N.D. National Guard Soldiers. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kiel Skager, N.D. National Guard Visual Information)
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Hooligan History - Sept. 11, 2001 Terror Attacks
At 9:24 a.m., moments after the World Trade Center Towers were struck by civilian airliners hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, N.D. Air National Guard (NDANG) pilots from the 178th Fighter Squadron, Maj. Dean Eckmann, Maj. Brad Derrig and Capt. Craig Borgstrom, took off from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where the NDANG operated an alert detachment, en route to New York City. These pilots and their F-16 Fighting Falcons were among the first military responders to take to the skies in response to the terrorist attacks that day.
Not long after becoming airborne, the Pentagon was struck and the Happy Hooligans were diverted to Washington, D.C. and ordered to conduct combat air patrols over the White House and the U.S. Capitol, in order to provide protection from further attacks. The FAA had ordered all civilian air traffic grounded, and the 119th Fighter Wing pilots were tasked to intercept any non-compliant aircraft. United Airlines flight 93 was still in the air with hijackers in control of the aircraft when President George W. Bush gave the authority to shoot down civilian airplanes that ‘looked like they were going to be used as fuel bombs.’ This order was not needed as passengers aboard flight 93 heroically assumed control of the aircraft from the hijackers and the airplane crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside. These terrorist attacks on 9/11 killed nearly 3,000 people.
N.D. Air National Guard on 9-11
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