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MHS Remembers 9/11

Image representing 9/11 with the twin towers inside a pentagon and an American flag. Includes the text, The Defense Health Agency commemorates the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001—a searing moment in American history that remains all too vivid for many today. Not only were military medical personnel critical in treating and saving lives of victims of the attack on the Pentagon, but our military medical forces also responded to ground zero in New York. Many of the medical heroes of 9/11 continue to serve their country and patients, even 20 years later.

Delivering deployed medical support and combat medicine in the 20 years since the 9/11 attacks has revolutionized many fields of military medicine. We want to recognize advances in the MHS since 9/11, and highlight how military medicine contributes to medical practice. Medical advances since 9/11 continue to improve care for service members, dependents and retirees, help service members recover from illness and injury, and save lives in our local communities.

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Since 9/11, These 8 Military Medical Advancements are Saving Lives

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9/14/2021
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Derek Weida jokes with a physician during his prosthetic leg fitting at a prosthetics clinic in Las Vegas in April 2018.

Years of military conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan brought innovations that completely transformed the Military Health System's approach to combat casualty care. Here's a list of just a few ways military medicine has evolved in the two decades since the 9/11 attacks.

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Remembering 9/11: Military Health Leaders Reflect 20 Years Later

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9/14/2021
Onlookers view the collapsed side of the Pentagon building.

Military Health System leaders recall their 9/11 stories.

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‘My Life Changed That Day’ – DHA Staff Recalls 9/11 at the Pentagon

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9/10/2021
"Merwynn Pagdanganan, a federal health care IT specialist at the Pentagon, was there the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He jumped into action to support the emergency responders aiding and evacuating the injured (Courtesy of Merwynn Pagdanganan)."

A Defense Health Agency IT specialist recalls his 9/11 experience.

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Somber Ceremony at DHA Headquarters Evokes Vivid Memories of 9/11

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9/10/2021
Defense Health Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gragg bow their heads for the invocation prayer during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, at DHA headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, Sept. 10.

Vivid memories and somber reflections marked an emotional ceremony at Defense Health Agency headquarters on Friday as the military medical community remembered and honored the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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9/11 20th Anniversary Message from DHA Leadership

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9/8/2021
9/11 20th Anniversary Message from DHA Leadership

Our commemorations of the terrorist attacks on our nation twenty years ago serve as a somber reminder of the loss on 9/11 and in the days and years that followed. Lt. Gen. Ron Place, DHA Director, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gragg, DHA Senior Enlisted Leader, share their message honoring the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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September 11: USU Answers the Call

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9/12/2016

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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Pentagon Flag

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9/11/2016
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)

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Pentagon Scene

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9/11/2016
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. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass.)

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Pentagon Ruins

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9/11/2016
Pentagon Ruins

A section of the Pentagon lies in ruins 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. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass)

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Garrison Flag at Pentagon

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9/10/2016
Garrison Flag at Pentagon

The garrison flag is hung from the still smoldering Pentagon by service members and firefighters. (DoD photo)

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Defense Health Agency Remembers September 11th

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9/8/2016
Defense Health Agency Remembers September 11th

The Director of the Defense Health Agency, VADM Raquel C. Bono, reflects on September 11th for its 15-year anniversary. To learn more, visit: www.health.mil/MHSRemembers

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9/11 Memories – Michael Cowan

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(graphic) Vice Adm. Michael Cowan, retired, former U.S. Navy Surgeon General

Former U.S. Navy Surgeon General recalls the events of 9/11 and after

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9/6/2016
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On September 11, 2001, an airplane slammed into the side of the Pentagon as part of the terrorist attacks that would become known simply as 9/11. We honor those who died during the attacks, and we also recognize the heroes who responded to the attack on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, the World Trade Center in New York City, and the crash site of flight 93 located near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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Former Pentagon clinic chief Talks with First Responders

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9/5/2016
Former Pentagon clinic chief Talks with First Responders

Dr. James Geiling (center), at the time an Army colonel in charge of the Pentagon's DiLorenzo Tricare Health Clinic, talks with local first responders and senior military commanders after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Former Pentagon clinic chief surveys scene at the Pentagon

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9/5/2016
Former Pentagon clinic chief surveys scene at the Pentagon

Dr. James Geiling, at the time an Army colonel in charge of the Pentagon's DiLorenzo Tricare Health Clinic, surveys the scene after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

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