Barksdale Air Force Base's Role On 09.11.01

Sep 14, 2021

Credit Courtesy: NPR

20 years ago on the morning of September 11th, then President George W. Bush was visiting an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida when he got the word that hijacked planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City… He boarded Air Force 1 and was going to fly back to Washington D.C.,  but  after  another plane crashed into the Pentagon, his flight was diverted to what was the nearest most secure military air base in the country:  Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana.  It would be at Barksdale where President Bush would be televised to the entire  world  giving  a response to the attack.

The following is an account from two people who were witness to the events as they took place at Barksdale that day.