JOHN E. MOORE:
On September 11, 2001, I was teaching Air Force personnel at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. The students, from bases throughout the world, had come to learn Air Staff approved policies and techniques. One student was from Goodfellow and the course proctor represented the Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB. During mid-morning break, some of the students saw on TV that a plane had hit the World Trade Center; therefore, most of the class was gathered around the TV when the second tower was hit. Security at NAS Jacksonville was immediately raised. Non-essential personnel were asked to leave the base. Many of the students were housed in a local hotel so the Academy arranged to have the remaining classes presented there.
Looking back on that morning I can think of no place I would rather have been than with professionals dedicated to providing outstanding support to the military and their families. I had worked in housing at bases throughout the country as a Command Specialist at AF Material Command before coming to Goodfellow for the last 5 of my 26 civilian service years. Retired from civil service in August, 2000, I was offered a job as course developer and instructor for the National Center for Housing Management. I spent the next 4 years teaching courses in Hawaii, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Jacksonville. No class stands out as clearly in my memory as the class that was moved off base because Muslim Jihadists had attacked our country.