11 September 2001 is one of the major days everyone remembers. As with the Challenger disaster, it is one of those days where I remember everything. I was commissioned into the Navy on the 25th of May, receiving my diploma and shaking the President’s hand. I spent the summer with my first ship, a fast combat support ship based in Bremerton, making several voyages in the Pacific Ocean, including a port visit to Cabo San Lucas. Terrorism was very much in our minds and the suicide attack on USS Cole (DDG 67), which occurred in October 2000, was still in our minds.

I reported to my fast combat support ship in June of 2001 and we were in eight duty…