Al Wallace, Dennis Young, and Mark Skipper are in Ft. Knox Wednesday, being recognized for their heroism at the Pentagon. The firefighters were assigned to the Fort Myer Fire Department in Arlington, VA on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Fort Knox Army post is observing the twelfth anniversary of 9-11 by honoring some of the firefighters who responded to the Pentagon on the morning of the attacks.
One of those being honored is Al Wallace, who says he thinks about 9-11 every day.
Wallace was assigned to the Ft. Myer Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia, on Sept. 11, 2001. He remembers getting a call from his chief alerting him about what had already happened in New York City.
Within minutes, Wallace and his comrades found themselves on the front lines at the Pentagon.
"Right there, up against the building--it was very difficult,” Wallace told WKU Public Radio Wednesday. “It was difficult to breathe, and we were already hypoxic from running. The smoke was coming out of the building along with the heat and the fire. And the more we worked, the more we got hurt."
Wallace was reunited Wednesday with two of his former fire department colleagues, and the fire truck they drove to the Pentagon on 9-11.
The truck--known as Foam 161--was damaged by the fire and destined for demolition. But last year Ft. Knox acquired the truck for its permanent collection at the George Patton Museum and Center for Leadership.
A fire truck damaged by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon is being added to the Patton Museum at Fort Knox.
The truck, known as Foam 161, will be unveiled at the museum Wednesday on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Colonel Thomas Edwards, the Garrison Commander at Fort Knox, tells WKU Public Radio the truck is one of the museum's new exhibits on leadership.
"It's going to be a great opportunity to showcase their leadership on 9/11 when we lost over 400 first responders, mostly in New York, but these were true heroes at the Pentagon that helped fight the fire there," says Edwards.
For Edwards, the truck rekindles personal memories of September 11, 2001.
"I was actually in the Pentagon on 9/11 when the plane hit, and I remember getting out of the building and seeing this particular fire truck, and the fire truck itself was on fire because it was so close to the point of impact," recalls Edwards.
On Tuesday, the fire truck will be loaded onto a flatbed trailer and driven down U.S. Highway 31W from Fort Knox, around the Elizabethtown roundabout, and back to Fort Knox. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the community is urged to line 31-W to pay their respects to this piece of history.
A Tennessee woman is suing the U.S. Army for $30 million, saying military authorities did not alert her to an investigation into allegations that a Fort Campbell soldier raped her daughter and videotaped the act.
The soldier, Joshua Cline, has been convicted on state rape charges and federal child pornography charges involving the girl, who was 6 when the abuse was discovered in 2008.
The woman told The Tennessean that the rape and its aftermath has been devastating.
The Army has declined to comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court earlier this month in Nashville.
The lawsuit says Army officials were investigating Cline but didn't notify the mother of the potential danger, and that the girl was then abused by Cline a second time.
A leadership course for Army cadets will be moving to Ft. Knox, bringing thousands of college students to the post next summer.
The relocation of the Leader Development and Assessment Course is good news for Ft. Knox, which is losing a combat brigade as part of the Pentagon's force reduction.
A statement from the Army's Cadet Command says the move will consolidate summer training for its Reserve Officers Training Corps. Along with another ROTC course at the base, the summer courses will bring about 12,000 cadets and staff to Ft. Knox beginning in 2014.
The course was previously hosted by Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
Studies suggest reading to children early in their development enhances their vocabulary, helps them identify letters and become better readers. Yet, less than half of U.S. children are read to on a daily basis.
To counteract that problem, reading is being doctor-prescribed in certain parts of the commonwealth, like Muhlenberg County.
Dr. Billie Galyen sees about 6,000 kids a year at her pediatric clinic in Greenville.
Five-year-old Brady and three-year-old Noah are there for check-ups. Every child six months to five years old leaves the office with a new book to take home and a prescription to read.