Jansure, left, former Nanty Glo resident and 1978 graduate of
Blacklick Valley High School, is shown here greeting film star
Bo Derek at a ceremony at the Pentagon to commend Pentagon reconstruction
crews for their work to restore the Department of Defense headquarters
following the 9-11 terrorist attack on the government building.
The ceremony was on March 21, 2002.
Randy writes: "I have worked in and around
the Pentagon for the past 10 years. I have worked for a McLean,
Va.-based engineering integrator for the past 12 years. Our company
designed and integrated the backbone network for the (Pentagon's)
wedge one space that was destroyed in the attack. Had this happened
a few years ago, I may not have been sending this email. Our company
has been tasked to once again rebuild the networks, which includes
designing and rebuilding sites for the displaced workers who were
scheduled to move into the newly renovated Pentagon wedge one
An interview with the director of the engineering
team explains: John Ladd witnessed the September 11 explosion
at the Pentagon from his office window. As director of engineering
for SMS Data Products Group, he quickly realized the McLean, Va.-based
systems integrator would play a crucial role in getting displaced
employees back to work in a new location (as) SMS had completed
a similar project for the Pentagon when it had been under renovation
several years before.
"The first day [Tuesday], it took time to get
any idea what was happening," he says. "On day two, we got back
into the building and could assess the IT damage." Ironically,
the portion of the building that suffered the most damage was
the same area where SMS had worked previously. "We had very good
documentation of what was in place," Ladd says. "We knew the IT
infrastructure and the networks, the agencies they served and
SMS engineers came up with a network-infrastructure
design for a new facility based on Cisco products and presented
it to the government's newly created Emergency Network Team, which
approved it, polished the details, drew up the equipment list
and developed an implementation strategy. Cisco pulled hardware
directly off the assembly line in California to fill the order,
then chartered a plane that carried the equipment cross-country
for Sunday-night delivery.
Putting in 30-hour shifts, Ladd and his team
of 20 SMS engineers,aided by vendors, integrators and whoever
else could be pressed into service,accomplished the task faster
than employees could figure out where they were assigned to go.
Office space and an operational network for more than 1,500 Pentagon
workers was ready for the start of business Monday morning, Sept.
17. "These buildings were bare when we started," Ladd says. "Seeing
this come together from scratch was a remarkable feat to witness."
Our work is still ongoing today.
An American Forces Press Service release states:
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2002 Congress today commended Pentagon
reconstruction crews for their dedicated work in repairing DoD's
headquarters following the 9-11 terrorist attack. Florida Rep.
Mark Foley gave a presentation copy of House Resolution 368 to
Pentagon Renovation Program Manager Lee Evey in a brief 11 a.m.
ceremony. The resolution praised the speed of the "Phoenix Project,"
which is six weeks ahead of schedule because of near-round-the-clock
work shifts. The House cited the crews effort in demolition work
the 400,000 square feet of ground that needed to be cleared
before reconstruction could begin was ready "in just one month,
when it was estimated to take 4 to 7 months.
Actress Bo Derek visited with Pentagon renovation
workers prior to attending the presentation of House Resolution
368, which praised renovation crews for their efforts in quickly
repairing damage to the Pentagon from the 9-11 terrorist attack.
Derek recently accepted President Bush's request to become chairwoman
of special events for the National Rehabilitation Program for
Veterans. She will assist in organizing volunteer activities to
develop sports events and other activities for America's disabled
by Gerry Gilmore