September 11, 2001 - 8:46 AM. Where were you' Most amongst the command can remember where they were. What they were doing. That day will always be personally etched in our memory as one of loss, tragedy, and sacrifice. Since that day in history, Americans have waged a war against terror.

Nine years ago, ordinary citizens endured extraordinary loss, demonstrated uncommon sacrifice, and rose to unparalleled challenge. Americans of all faiths, colors, and creeds found the best in themselves under the worst of circumstances, which was. In the words of General Casey, it was the beginning of, "...a war against a global extremist network that is fixed on defeating the United States and destroying our way of life. This foe will not go away nor will they give up easily, and the next decade will likely be one of persistent conflict."

We all have much to be thankful for in our lives. On this Patriot Day, I ask all members of the 3d Sustainment Command team to pause and remember those 2977 Patriots, including 55 fellow servicemembers at the Pentagon, who lost their lives September 11, 2001. We will keep them in our thoughts and also remember the survivors and Families who were so deeply affected by the events of that day.

September 11th taught us the importance of vigilance, preparedness for any contingency, and that Americans are resilient. Those within the command must remain committed to being prepared and ready to answer the call when needed. Terrorists and enemies of our country never sleep.

As per U.S. Public Law 107-89, all units, "will display flags at half-mast on September 11th, and observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."

Robin B. Akin