Story by LTC Jefferson Wolfe on 09/12/2017By Lt. Col. Jefferson Wolfe
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Soldiers from the active component and Army Reserve worked together as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command honored the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington D.C.
Brig. Gen. Fred Maiocco was the presiding officer for the event, which took place at the 21st TSC's headquarters building on Panzer Kaserne. Maiocco serves as the 21st TSC's deputy commanding general as well as the commanding general of the Army Reserve's 7th Mission Support Command, a down trace unit of the 21st TSC
Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Brown also participated in the wreath ceremony. He is the senior enlisted leader of the 7th MSC.
The 21 TSC's color guard also took part in the ceremony, which was attended by leaders from around the command as well as local German and Bundeswehr officials.
"Today, we remember those nearly three thousand men, women and children lost in the attacks of September 11, and we honor more than six thousand service members who have given their lives in Afghanistan and in Iraq, as well as tens of thousands of our wounded warriors, and the Gold Star families of our fallen heroes," Maiocco said.
The new generation of service members is the most diverse the nation has seen, he said.
"Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and their families have served with honor, kept us safe, and earned the eternal gratitude of all Americans," Maiocco said. "As a nation, we will move forward with the same strength, unity and resilience that our troops and their families display every day."
The United States has the best-trained, led and equipped fighting force in its history, he said.
"Many of us in 2001 could not have imagined that in 16 years, we would have a completely transformed Army, filled with men and women who have spent the bulk of their careers fighting two wars," Maiocco concluded. "As our country again faces the winds of change, I am confident that today's Army, one made up of the men and women of the 9/11 generation will rise to new heights for years to come."
Almost 3,000 people were killed September 11, 2001 when al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airplanes. Two were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and one crashed into the Pentagon just south of Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.