stations aco uple ofmin utes , so| walked down togive theguys8 aquickin tel
briefing.They were sittingin the jets alreadyand told them whatha d happened;
again notknowing it was ana irlin er (that collided into the World Trade Center).
Then, shortly after that,the phone rang in the hangar and Jay Jonson9 answered
it.He said, "It's NEADS and they need to talk with you." I got on thephone, I
don't know who it was, but hes a i d , " how many airplanes can you get airborne?"
Is a id,'w e got two on battle stations rightn o w ,' and he said, "No, that's notwha t I
asked.Howmany can you getinto theair?"'Well, with me, that makes three,
wehave three pilotsto ta l.'H e said, "OK,y o u betterg e trea dy." S o , they
(NEADS) apparently knew whatw a s going on righta w a y , if they were goingt o
scramble, launchthe fleet. Thatis something thatis unheardo f.
So, Iquick ran in, called Colonel Utecht10 just to let himknow oursituation out
here, thatw e were going to be without aSOF11 on theground so theyco uldS O F
from home and do what they needed to do to get more personnelo u t here,
althoughw ed id n 't knowa t that point that it was not going to be feasible, that
transportationat that pointwas going to be nil.
So Iwen t , got mygea r, sat up in the jet and by thetime I satdo wn we got a
greenli g h t12 to go.None of us at that point -Brad Derrig knew there was a
second airplane (to hit the World Trade Center)- he'sthe onlyo n e'ca us e he
5Alertp i lo t so nd u t yTues da y, 1 September 2001 a t1 1 9F W /D e t1 w e re Major Bradley Derrig a n d
Capt. Dean Eckmann, both from the 178 Fighter Squadron,1 1 9 Fighter Wing, North DakotaA ir
National Guarda t Fargo. Maj. Derrig is a full-time instructor pilot withth e178th a n d Capt.
Eckmann, is a pilotfo r Northwest Airlinesi n additiont o beinga 178th pilot.
9 Technical SergeantJ a y Jonson,o n duty flight chieffo r1 1 9 FW/Det1, Langley AFB,V a .
10Col.R ic h a r d Utecht, Commander,119Ih Fighter Wing, FargoN D
11Supervis o ro f Flyin g
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