Robins AFB Linda Curtis on September 11, her decision to enlist

Editor’s Note: It’s been 20 years since September 11, 2001, a day that changed America forever. The Telegraph spoke to soldiers at Robins Air Force Base about the impact of 9/11 and how it is affecting them today.

Staff Sgt. Linda Curtis, 116th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was a high school student on September 11, 20 years ago. She comes from a long line of military personnel: her grandfather served in the Korean War and her father in the Air Force.

Q: Where were you during September 11?

A: I was preparing to go to college for a program in Washington State. I’m from a small town with a class of 33, and I remember waking up getting ready to go to class and at first thought it was a movie on TV.

Q: How did the attacks affect you?

A: It encouraged me to step up and help. Before, I had no idea about joining the military. I was going to school for my prerequisites in nursing, I was going to enter the nursing program and get my RN, but seeing [9/11] motivated me to [enlist].

Q: What was it like joining the army after high school?

A: I was 17 when I joined and it was pretty cool to be a part of something bigger than yourself and to do your part. My mom was surprised and wanted me to go to school, but I don’t regret it for a second.

Q: Were you nervous about joining us?

A: I was in tech school when Fallujah fell, and we were all in the dayroom watching in Keesler, Mississippi, knowing we could probably be deployed and I wasn’t scared. I was prepared to do whatever I could to put this country back in order.

Q: What was the impact of your enlistment after 9/11 on your life?

A: That changed everything: my whole adult life has been devoted to the global war on terror. I made great friends, met my husband, had amazing children, and I wouldn’t be near Warner Robins, Georgia without 9/11.

I loved traveling, being deployed to other places … being surrounded by support and being a part of something big. It’s family here.

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