Lieutenant Colonel Robert Darling's Inside Account of 9/11
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Darling spoke at chapel and visited classes on October 8, 2012.
In 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from a very distinguished career in the United States Marine Corps, with over twenty years of active duty service. He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War, and in Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope. In October 2000, he was picked to work for the White House Military Office, in the Airlift Operations Department. In this role, Lt. Col. Darling supported the President, Vice President, and National Security Advisor in the President's Emergency Operations Center.
On the never-to-be forgotten day of September 11, 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Darling was working in the White House Military Office. He was initially asked to coordinate an airlift for President Bush to an undisclosed site. However, he was quickly recruited to provide his military expertise and help the Vice President, National Security Advisor, and the Pentagon with key decisions.
During the next 24 hours he received real-time information from numerous government agencies and worked directly with the National Command Authority to respond to the terrorist attacks. Lieutenant Colonel Darling saw in a firsthand way the enormous crisis America was facing, and the challenging decisions the President had to make on behalf of all Americans.
Lt. Col. Darling is now the President of an aviation company in Virginia, where he lives with his wife and two sons.