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9/11 Memories - Army Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey G. Grammer

Image of Army Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey G. Grammer, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center director. Army Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey G. Grammer, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center director

I was at Walter Reed in 2001; saw the Pentagon burning from the window. There was a fair amount of uncertainty for the role of behavioral health during the crisis. My mentor, Dr. Harold Wain, rose from uncertainty, commandeered a hospital van and driver, and took me with him to Arlington Hospital, Virginia, where we visited with victims on the ward and as they rolled in the door. It was bizarre how quickly we were assimilated into the care teams. It set the tone for the entire war for having embedded behavioral health assets as part of the acute trauma team. Eventually the work was published in a journal publication and a book chapter...but it all started with that day.

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Sep 12, 2016

September 11: USU Answers the Call

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USU graduates, faculty and students were among the first responders to New York and Washington, as well as the Pennsylvania crash site. Their extensive training and experience enabled them to react and mobilize quickly, many of them within seconds of the Pentagon attack.

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Sep 11, 2016

Pentagon Scene

A fire fighter from Arlington County, Fire Department surveys the scene during rescue and recovery efforts following the deadly Sep. 11 terrorist attack in which a hijacked commercial airliner was crashed into the Pentagon. American Airlines FLT 77 was bound for Los Angeles from Washington Dulles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft were killed, along with 125 people in the Pentagon. (U.S. Naval photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass.)

A fire fighter from Arlington County, Fire Department surveys the scene during rescue and recovery efforts following the deadly Sep. 11 terrorist attack in which a hijacked commercial airliner was crashed into the Pentagon. American Airlines FLT 77 was bound for Los Angeles from Washington Dulles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft ...

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Sep 11, 2016

Pentagon Flag

Military Service members render honors as fire and rescue workers unfurl a huge American flag over the side of the Pentagon during rescue and recovery efforts following the Sept 11 terrorist attack. The attack came at approximately 9:40 a.m. as a hijacked commercial airliner, originating from Washington D.C.'s Dulles airport, was flown into the southern side of the building facing Route 27. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass)

Military Service members render honors as fire and rescue workers unfurl a huge American flag over the side of the Pentagon during rescue and recovery efforts following the Sept 11 terrorist attack. The attack came at approximately 9:40 a.m. as a hijacked commercial airliner, originating from Washington D.C.'s Dulles airport, was flown into the ...

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