A little history.....
I had just retired from active duty Navy (Aug 31) and was sitting at home drinking a cup of coffee wondering which job offer I was going to accept, when 9/11 happened.
The very next day I recieved a call, from a company that would soon become my new boss, who wanted to hire me to work a Homeland Security/Defense mission as a telecomunications planner, which I readily accepted.
Spent the next 5 years planning with citys/states/local agencies when it came to integrating DoD comms into the first responder comms when/if a 9/11 event ever happed again.
That position was followed by a promotion to do what I do now, train the troops for the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan (the comms closet I joke about on here).
Suffice it to say, my life has been deeply interwoven with the pursuit of this man (and his minions) and to find out our troops had successfully removed this threat from the world, late last night (I was standing a shift in the comm closet) was pure joy.
Long story short, and speaking from experience, when/if you have the opportunity to see a young man or woman in a uniform (Soldier/Sailor/Airmen/Marine/Coastgaurd etc) thank them for their service.
They deserve that thanks today because at some point during their short careers, I am sure they have had a hand in this effort.
IT IS A GREAT DAY TO BE AN AMERICAN MY FRIENDS.