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Lessons Learned: Post September 11

Jennifer L. Castro
Collections Manager
Marine Corps Museums Branch
National Museum of the Marine Corps


After September 11, 2001, each of the Department of Defense Historical Divisions worked together to respond to the attack on the Pentagon. Normally each of the individual Historical Divisions of the armed services has a responsibility to collect, preserve, and interpret the operational, technological, and cultural aspects of the development of their individual service, but with September 11, came the mission of documenting the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. This presentation will incorporate images of the Pentagon as a disaster site as well as document the recovery efforts and problems that were encountered while recovering historical property from the Pentagon to include: the objectives and mission of the recovery team, the scope of work for the recovery efforts, treatment of the Pentagon as a crime scene and how that hampered efforts, equipment, hazmat, and safety concerns, the removal and staging of historic property, and the results of our overall efforts. The presentation will conclude with the important lessons that were learned from the recovery efforts.


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