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"I'VE NEVER BEEN PROUDER OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE IN MY LIFE."

Army General Honors Keesler Airmen

An Army Reserve general saluted the 81st Medical Group at Keesler Air Force base for helping with recovery efforts at the Pentagon following the attack on America.

General George Walker commended the group and helped its commander hand out individual honors to those who participated in the patriotic mission.

Members of the 81st medical group helped with the recovery efforts at the Pentagon. They dealt with the aftermath of a direct hit on the building symbolic of America's military might.

"And to have that be directly attacked in such a fashion, it was as stunning to all of us I think as it was to the whole nation. And for our people to be utilized in such a fashion to help our colleagues in whatever branch of service, we consider it a privilege," Medical Group commander Gen. Dan Locker said.

Tom Bocek was among those who helped with the recovery at the pentagon.

"To stand there and personally look at the aftermath, I'd have to say more than anything it's heartbreaking. It's hard to believe that people would actually do such a thing."

Reserve commander Gen. George Walker presented a group commendation to the 81st medical group. The attack on the Pentagon hit that section of the building that houses the Army Reserve.

"We're all in this together. We can call on one another. We can depend on one another to step up to the plate when they have a special ability and we have a special need. Then we're all standing there together ready to go," Gen. Walker said.

Members of the 81st Medical Group also received individual medals for their outstanding service. But those who participated are quick to credit the entire team.

"The people I work with, I've never been prouder of a group of people in my whole life. All the nurses, technicians, social workers jumped right in. The team. It was absolutely phenomenal the way the folks pulled together," said Jerry Gingrich of the 81st medical group.

Military leaders were pleased to recognize the outstanding service.

By Steve Phillips

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