Virginia State Police including one local trooper — wasted no time in responding to the Pentagon attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
Troopers from all over the state arrived to maintain a security presence, provide escorts and keep vigilant, said Col. Steve Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent.
“Our people immediately recognized the threat environment this created, and No. 2, this was an historic event and we needed to be there for security and to just help calm folks and let folks know this is under control,” said Flaherty, who was a major and deputy director of the Bureau of Field Operations at the time.
At least 181 troopers arrived within hours of the attack and up to 250 came at the peak of the response. Troopers remained around the Pentagon for two years afterward — 18 troopers a shift, 24 hours a day — while crews reconstructed the Department of Defense headquarters.