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T8 B8 Miles Kara Docs (2) Andrews Fdr- Blank Tab (2)- 8-28-03 MFR- BG David Wherley 939

T8 B8 Miles Kara Docs (2) Andrews Fdr- Blank Tab (2)- 8-28-03 MFR- BG David Wherley 939

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COMMISSION
SENSITIVEFOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
MEMORANDUM
FOR
THERECORD
Event:BGDavid Wherley,onSeptember11,2001 Commanderof the
113
th
Wingof the
USAF
Air National Guard, Andrews AFBType of event: InterviewDate: August
28,
2003Special Access IssuesPrepared
by:
Philip ZelikowTeam Number:
Location:
Harvard, Boston,
MA
Participants
-
BG
David Wherley, USAFParticipants
-
Commission: Philip Zelikow, Ernest
May
On 8/28/03 I taught a pair of
classes
in an executive program at Harvard. General Wherley wasa student in the program and introduced himself to me, explaining his relationship to the 9/11story and volunteering the information indicated below. Ernest May was present during
this
conversation.On
9/11
General Wherley
was on
active
duty, commanding
the
113th Wing
of the
USAF
Air
National Guard. This is the Guard wing for Washington, DC, based out of Andrews AB.Watching the images on TV that morning he went from his
office
to the
Wing's
communicationscenter.Shortly
after
the plane hit the Pentagon, agents from the Secret Service contacted the Wing forhelp. Wherley called the JOC while watching TV
footage
of employees evacuating the WhiteHouse complex. Wherley
finally
got through on the phone to an agent, Ken Beauchamp, on thepresidential protective detail. He knew Beauchamp from other routine work
with4ke
Wing.Beauchamp askedthecommandertosendup
aircraft
toprotect Washington. Wherley wantedtohelp
but
asked, with
all
respect,
to
"speak
to
someone
a
little
higher
up the
food
chain."
Wherley then talked
to
another
Secret
Service agent, Becky Editor. Speaking
for the
Vice
President,
she
asked
General Wherley to put
aircraft
over DC with orders to
intercept
any aircraftthat approached within any 20
miles
of the city and turn that aircraft around. If the aircraftwould not change course, the interceptor should use "any
force
necessary"
to keep that
aircraft
fromcrashing intoabuilding. Wherley askediftherewasanybodyin auniform around therehecouldtalk to. Editor alluded to a Navy captain who was busy on other matters, but said no one
was
available. Wherley
felt
the
instructions were
not in
military terms,
but
were understandableenough.
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