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Fort Hamilton marks anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks

Aide to secretary of army talks about personal loss

September 13, 2022 Theodore General
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The U.S. Army Garrison based at Fort Hamilton in Southwest Brooklyn continued its longstanding tradition of marking the annual anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, on the Pentagon and on the field at Shanksville, Pennsylvania on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.  

This year’s keynote speaker was  Dr. Pamela J. Newman, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, New York South, who is a prominent business executive and influential civic leader.  

Civilian aides serve without  salary, wages or related benefits and are afforded a three-star protocol status. Each CASA is committed to supporting all Department of the Army civilians, soldiers and their families.

She talked about her 176 colleagues who were killed while attending a meeting on the 105th floor of the South Tower when the hijacked plane smashed into the building. She also worked there, but at the time she was away on a business trip in California.

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Empire Shield Task Force soldiers render a 21-gun salute at Fort Hamilton.

The commemoration program included the Presentation of the Colors staffed by members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force.  Fasan Olufemi of the NYPD sang the national anthem, and Garrison Chaplain Capt. Scott Norman gave the invocation and reflection. 

Col. Brian Jacobs, the new garrison commander and a West Point graduate, spoke about his recollections of 9/11 and the dramatic impact it has had on his service career.

At the wreath-laying ceremony, a 21-gun salute was fired by the Joint Task Force-Empire Shield, followed by Sgt, Edward Preston playing “Taps,” and two FDNY Emerald Society Pipers played “Amazing Grace.”  Chaplain Norman gave a benediction to conclude the event.

Sgt. Edward Preston plays Taps at the wreath-laying ceremony.


Fort Hamilton Garrison Commander Colonel Brian Jacobs spoke about his recollections of 9/11.


FDNY Deputy Asst. Chief and Brooklyn Commander Joseph Ferrante with Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso.


Presenting the wreath in honor of those who fell on 9/11.


Keynote speaker Dr. Pamela J. Newman, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (New York South)

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