A Riveting Eye-Witness Account of the Minute-by-Minute Drama Inside the White House Bunker on September 11, 2001

After Major Darling organizes President Bush's trip to Florida on Sept. 10, 2001, he believes the next couple of days will be quiet. He has no idea that a war is about to begin. On September 11th, after terrorists crash airliners into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, Maj. Darling rushes to the president's underground chamber at the White House.

There, he takes on the task of liaison between the Vice President, National Security Advisor and The White House Situation Room. He plays an instrumental role when Vice President Cheney orders two fighter jets airborne in order to shoot down United Flight 93. Throughout the attacks, Maj. Darling witnesses the unprecedented actions that our nation’s leaders are taking to defend America.

Follow Darling's story as he becomes a Marine Corps aviator and rises through the ranks to fly with Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1 and then is selected as a White House Airlift Operations Liaison Officer charged with organizing all logistical aspects of travel for The White House. It is during this time he finds himself responding to the crisis that changed the world.






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24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker
Author, Robert J. Darling



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Robert J. Darling Bio

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col.

Cobra “Attack Helicopter” Pilot

Marine Helicopter Squadron One Presidential Pilot for President Bill Clinton

White House Airlift Operations Officer who, during the attack on America on 9/11/01, responded to the underground White House Bunker Complex and stood shoulder to shoulder with America’s highest leaders as they made unprecedented crisis leadership decisions on behalf of all Americans.

Author : “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01”

CEO of Quantitative Analytics, LLC

Managing Partner of Turning Point Crisis Management-USA


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