Paying tribute to the many who have fallen

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  • By Col. Kurt J. Gallegos
  • 944th Fighter Wing commander
Fourteen years ago today marks the anniversary of an event in United States history which many of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing and none of us should forget.

The September 11 attacks are one of the darkest moments in our history and it stand as a reminder to all of us to pay tribute to the many that have fallen and reinforce our commitment to this great nation.

On that tragic day, 2,996 people were killed. There were 2,606 in the World Trade Center twin towers and of those, 414 were first responder firefighters and police officers who knowingly rushed into harms way. It was the deadliest day in New York history.

We must also remember the 246 victims on four different airplanes and 125 at the Pentagon.

This hits home for me personally because soon after the event I had the honor of being the first F-16 pilot to drop bombs in Afghanistan.

I carry great pride in the fact that I had the opportunity to be of service to my country and the missions I accomplished were very fulfilling.

Whether you realize it or not, no matter your reasons for becoming part of the Air Force Reserve, you play a major role in the fight against terrorism.

Our fight and commitment against world terrorism is still ongoing with extremist groups like ISIS.

As an American service member you carry great responsibility and burden. For that alone, I commend you for your courage and service.