Come hear Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) speak about the military response to the 9/11 at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference!Posted in Member Update, SCAA Annual Conference
Come hear one of our General Session Speakers, Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) speak on the military response to the 9/11 at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference. He will be speaking February 9 to the from 1:10pm to 2:15pm.
Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) Chairman Board of Directors, USO of NC
“The 9/11 terrorist hijacking and attacks on America’s key business and military centers has become a seminal event in the lives of our generation. On that morning, as a Major General in the USAF, I was serving as the Director of Operations of the Pacific Air Forces at Hickam AFB in Honolulu, Hawaii. Little did I know that by 0600 (HST) that morning, I would be designated by the President of the United States as the Joint Force Air Component Commander for Hawaii, Guam and the Federated States of Micronesia. With that title, the President designated me as one of three Air Force Generals who were given the authority to shoot down civilian airliners that had been hijacked. His guidance was that ‘…You will not allow what happened in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania to occur in your area of responsibility…’
With those mission orders, I had the responsibility to decide, act and prevent a reoccurrence of the tragedy that occurred on that morning.”
Come hear “the rest of story” from Gen. Waskow himself on February 9.