SUITLAND, Md. – On Friday, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) held a wreath laying remembrance ceremony to honor the eight ONI shipmates who lost their lives during the terrorist attack at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Held annually at the Remembrance Garden at the National Maritime Intelligence Center, the ceremony commemorates the eight men and women serving in the Navy Command Center and Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot (CNO-IP) when they made the ultimate sacrifice that fateful day.
“We know that our shipmates died doing their duty, in service to tens of millions of others, whom were kept safer by the skillful application of their profession and their honorable service in and for the United States,” said ONI Deputy Commander Andrew Richardson, before placing a wreath at a remembrance stone where their names and images are inscribed. “Let us be galvanized by their service and their sacrifice to bring out the best within us for arduous times ahead.”
In the procession, the names of each of the fallen were read as a bell tolled eight times: Cmdr. Dan Shanower, Lt. Cmdr. Vince Tolbert, Lt. Jonas Panik, Lt. Darin Pontell, Petty Officer 1st Class Julian Cooper, Angela Houtz, Brady Howell, and Gerry Moran.
These shipmates represented a cross-section of ONI officers and enlisted, civilians and contractors, and employees and interns. They were among ONI’s best and brightest and will never be forgotten.
Sourced from: https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/News-Stories/Article/3156134/oni-honors-fallen-naval-intelligence-personnel-on-sept-11-anniversary/
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