Ten years ago, I was a small business owner. The U.S was strong, and the world was good. I heard of the on-and-off wars in the Middle East on the |6 o’clock news and then went back to being a free American. My good friends were cooks in the World Trade Center and were always trying to get me there for lunch, but the hike was too much from Long Island. You could say I had my head buried in the sand.
I lost my friends that day.
I sold my business and joined the Transportation Security Administration to ensure nothing like that ever happens again. I also own a consulting business for the training of private security companies.
Tsambazis is a Transportation Security Administration supervisor and training instructor at Newark Liberty International Airport, N.J., the departure point of United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. He is president of the Federal Managers Association Chapter 400, the first at TSA.
Perspectives from federal employees:
Diane Sullivan Says:
September 8th, 2011 at 5:16 pm
I was (and am) an Executive Office Mgr for the Department of Defense working at a Navy base in California. On the morning of 9/11, I was at work (coming in at 0630) when the planes hit the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania. I had travelers in my organization that were on travel to the Pentagon, so my first priority was to see if they were alright. Of course, that was impossible with commuication being what it was. Our base went into immediate lock-down – no one in or out. Some of us were finally told we could leave at around 1100 PST – others stayed and worked thru the night. I immediately went to the local Red Cross center to donate blood – I had a LOT of company – the line was out the door and down the sidewalk! The last 10 years have been difficult for our community, as we are a small Navy town and have seen many of our service members off to Iraq and Afghanistan, with some coming back severely injured and some not making it back at all. I am thankful that we have not had any further terrorist attacks in the USA.