Alan Feistner Shares His Brother's 9/11 Story

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Personal Reflection

What were you doing on 9/11? (Or, What was your interviewee doing on 9/11?)

I was working in the White House on 9/11. However, that is not what I want to share. My brother was enrolled in the Embry Riddle Fort Campbell campus at that time but had just deployed his unit to South Korea in July 2001...where he was on 9/11. President Bush sent US special operations around the world to engage in anything that resembled Al-Qaeda. Within six months Major Curtis Feistner was among the first casualties after 9/11 when his helicopter crashed at sea in the Philippines. Curt was serving in Task Force 160th and supporting the Philippine Army's efforts to rescue two American missionaries who had been held hostage by Abu Sayef. Embry-Riddle honored Curt with an honorary degree after the fact.

How did 9/11 affect you personally and or professionally?

I lost my brother as a result of 9/11.

What do you want future generations of professionals, particularly those going into your field, to know about 9/11?

It is a dangerous world out there and America must always be vigilant. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was spot on when he stated, "We go to war with the military we have, not the military we wish we had."

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On 9/11, what sector were you (OR your interviewee) in?



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Alan Feistner Shares His Brother's 9/11 Story

I lost my brother as a result of 9/11.