Alabama veteran recalls serving on Air Force One during 9/11
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (WBRC) – Brad Campbell remembered exactly where he was and what he was doing on 9/11.
He also recalled how he felt his job was to serve President George W. Bush on Air Force One in the days immediately following.
“After we saw the second plane touch down we knew it was important and we started working to get home,” said Campbell.
Brad Campbell’s home was then in Washington, DC, while working in communications on Air Force One, the plane that carries the President of the United States. Campbell now lives in Tuscaloosa and is an assistant director in the Office of Veterans Affairs at the University of Alabama.
“I was actually on the flight where we returned to New York with President Bush when he made the announcement over the megaphone near the rubble,” Campbell told the WBRC.
After the attack, Campbell helped modify and improve communications on Air Force One. He remembers September 11 not only as an event where America was attacked, but how The Americans got together in the days that followed.
“The amount of patriotism that came out of this event. I think that’s what the younger generation doesn’t really know yet. But the amount of patriotism because of it was something I had never experienced in my life. “
Campbell will spend the 20th anniversary of September 11 here on the University of Alabama campus. He and others will hand out ribbons in remembrance of the day in front of Bryant Denny Stadium.
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