September 12, 2008
|Photo Courtesy Pentagon Memorial Fund|
|Each Pentagon Memorial unit uniquely honors, in its words and placement, one of the lives lost there on September 11, 2008.|
CACI President and CEO Paul Cofoni and President of U.S. Operations Bill Fairl attended the dedication. They represented everyone at CACI in saluting this inspiring tribute to hope, renewal and the cost of freedom.
A Unique Remembrance
The Pentagon Memorial honors the lives lost at the Pentagon and on the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 that tore through the building. It contains 184 memorial units, gracefully curved benches with lighted reflecting pools beneath each, and each dedicated to an individual victim by its unique placement.
A single victim's name is inscribed on each memorial. They are organized by a timeline of the victims' ages, from the youngest, Dana Falkenberg, 3, to the oldest, John D. Yamnicky, 71. The units representing the 59 lives lost on American Airlines Flight 77 are positioned so that visitors face the sky when reading the names of its passengers. The 125 benches for those who were inside the Pentagon face the opposite direction, so visitors standing at these units face the Pentagon's south facade, where the plane struck.
|Photo Courtesy Department of Defense|
|One hundred eighty-four troops from across the armed services helped dedicate the Pentagon Memorial, September 11, 2008.|
Of the memorial dedication Paul Cofoni said, "It was a profoundly moving and emotional event. The memorial is a magnificent remembrance of those lost, and a stirring reminder of how we must continually dedicate ourselves to fighting the forces behind this attack. It's a challenge that will span generations, and the more we can do today, the better our future will be. And I'm proud to say all of the devoted patriots at CACI are dedicated to making that future better by providing the services and solutions our government needs to defeat terrorist threats."
"It is vitally important for Americans to remember these occasions and reflect upon our world today," added Dr. London. "There are many things for which we can be thankful and proud. But we must also be watchful. As the Pentagon Memorial so meaningfully demonstrates, America must be ever vigilant in defending our freedoms and protecting our people, here and around the world."
CACI People Were There
|Photo by Michael W. Pendergrass, USN|
|In this historic picture of the flag being draped over the Pentagon the day after the attack, the fourth fireman from the left is the husband of a CACI recruiter.|
In the aftermath of the attacks CACI people went to the World Trade Center with state-of-the-art technology to search for survivors. We never faltered in our support for clients. And we had an award-winning team at the Pentagon providing contract management for the rebuilding efforts.
CACI Support for Funding and Families
CACI was one of the first companies to contribute to the Pentagon Memorial Fund, and has continued to provide financial support. Dr. London personally presented CACI's first check to Pentagon Memorial Fund President Jim Laychak and represented our company at the groundbreaking ceremonies in 2006.
CACI also created our own September 11 Recovery Program to support charitable organizations assisting those affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93. As part of this effort CACI co-sponsored the American Patriot Fund with the District of Columbia Society Sons of The American Revolution and other organizations. Through this fund CACI raised more than $87,000 for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, co-chaired by former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, to provide educational assistance to the dependents of those killed or permanently disabled because of the attack on the Pentagon.
Helping Our Military Community
CACI is also widely involved in supporting the military community through our CACI Project Philanthropy program, which oversees numerous charitable activities.
We are a primary sponsor for Cause (Comfort for America's Uniformed Services) and support the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project, both of which serve recuperating soldiers and their family members. We have supported TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors that supports the families of American warfighters who have died, and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides free college scholarship grants, along with financial aid and educational counseling, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel killed in training accidents or operational missions.
U.S. Operations President Bill Fairl is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Service Organizations (USO)-Metro organization in the Washington, DC area. This summer, Bill and numerous CACI volunteers helped pack more than 70,000 USO Care Packages for our service men and women around the world. CACI also sponsored the USO lounge at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Virginia.
Within our business, we've enjoyed considerable success in our Deploying Talent - Creating Careers initiative, which identifies qualified disabled veterans to hire into open CACI positions. Veterans have the opportunity to use their talents, expertise and education to build meaningful careers, while CACI and our clients tap into a resource that is rich in talent and experience and steeped in the ethos of duty that ensures high quality support for critical missions.
Serving as a Trusted Partner
CACI has a proud history of serving our country, from our earliest days as a company founded on computer technology in 1962. Our very first contract was with the U.S. Navy.
"As the Pentagon Memorial so meaningfully demonstrates, America must be ever vigilant in defending our freedoms and protecting our people, here and around the world."
CACI Executive Chairman
Dr. J.P. (Jack) London
Today CACI is a worldwide provider of professional services and information technology solutions to the Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies, including the Intelligence Community and national security programs. We support our government with honesty and ethics, delivering services and solutions our clients value to support their critical missions. Integrity, innovation and national service are the hallmarks of our culture and our business.
From business system solutions that save money and improve citizen services, to logistics support that ensures our warfighters are equipped and ready, to intelligence gathering that saves lives and helps protect our nation - and through many more of our core competencies - CACI serves as a trusted partner on our clients' national missions.
We salute the Pentagon Memorial Fund and encourage everyone living in or visiting the Washington, DC metropolitan area to visit this solemn remembrance of lives lost.
When the memorial design competition was initiated six years ago designers were challenged to transform the location of an attack on our nation into "a place of solace, peace and healing." If you have a chance to visit the memorial you will have no doubt they succeeded.
For information on the Pentagon Memorial visit www.defenselink.mil/home/features/2008/0708_memorial.
You can also visit an interactive site where you'll find three-dimensional views of the memorial and learn more about the lives of those lost www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/interactives/pentagonmemorial/index.html.