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Barksdale Air Force Base's Role On 09.11.01

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.             

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.