By CNN Senior National Security Producer Charley Keyes
Every minute of every day pilots and support crews at this Air Force Base just outside Washington, D.C. remember the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
Unlike 10 years ago, they now – always - are on guard to stop future attacks.
“We shall never forget,” says a plaque attached to a piece of the Pentagon wreckage from the 9/11 devastation. “This fragment of the Pentagon is placed here in honor of the 3,087 innocent men, women and children from across America and around the world killed by terrorists on 11 September 2001 and the capital guardians who bravely answered our nation's call to duty,” the inscription says. “Again, the sleeping giant awakes…”
CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence visited Andrews in the days leading up to the 9/11 anniversary and heard the story of how pilots rushed to respond in the first chaotic moments ten years ago.