Monday, January 01, 2007 For Immediate Release:
Contact: Frank Shafroth 703-228-3116(voice), 703-228-4743 (TTY)
Navy ship commemorates heroes and victims of the 9/11 Pentagon attack
The Arlington County Board today made appointments to the Commissioning Committee for the USS Arlington, a new U.S. Navy ship (San Antonio Class) currently under construction. The USS Arlington is scheduled to be commissioned in 2011, and is being built to honor the heroes and victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon in 2001.
“Our community will never forget the tragic events of September 11th,” said Paul Ferguson, Chairman of the Arlington County Board. “The USS Arlington will stand as a living tribute to those brave men and women who risked their lives to save others and we are grateful to the Commissioning Committee for their leadership.”
The Committee will be responsible for fundraising and maintenance of a long-term relationship between the ship, its crew, and Arlington County and will also address a timeline, fundraising issues, and a recommended process for the commissioning of the USS Arlington, including an assessment of the financial implications for the County.
As part of its charge, the committee shall make its final recommendations to the Board by no later than December 1, 2007.
The USS Arlington Commissioning Committee
The Arlington County Board appointed the following members to the Commissioning Committee:
- Rosemary Dillard, whose husband was killed in the Pentagon on 9/11
- Pat Hymel Lipinski, whose former husband was killed in the Pentagon on 9/11 and former principal at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School
- Lisa Dolan, whose husband, Navy Captain Bob Dolan, was killed at the Pentagon on 9/11
- Rodney White – Arlington County Fire Department firefighter/paramedic
- Wilbur R. Gray – Arlington County Fire Department Battalion Chief
- Admiral Stansfield Turner, former Director of Central Intelligence Agency
- Nancy Gorell – President of the No. Va. Council of Navy League
- Admiral John Foley – Vice President, Business Development/Strategic Planning, Northrup Grumman
Additional members will be appointed at a later time.
In September 2005, the Navy held a ceremony at the Pentagon to name the USS Arlington and the USS Somerset in honor of the heroes and victims of the Pentagon attack and the flight downed in Pennsylvania. The ceremony also honored the sacrifices of those who provided critical assistance both during and after the attack of 9/11, including the emergency, fire, and rescue personnel of Arlington County.
The Arlington and Somerset are the latest additions to the San Antonio Class of amphibious transport dock ships–the first to be designed from the keel up. This class is set to replace 27 amphibious ships from the three classes of amphibious ships now in service. An earlier ship of the same class, the USS New York, was named for the World Trade Center victims in New York. With an overall length of 684 feet, the San Antonio Class ships are designed to accommodate 1,200 sailors and Marines and their equipment.Tags: 9 11 pentagon, address, admiral stansfield turner, amphibious ships, amphibious transport, amphibious transport dock, Arlington, Arlington County, arlington county board, arlington county fire department, attack on the pentagon, board, bob dolan, boston elementary school, cap, captain, center, central intelligence agency, ceremony, Chairman, charge, class, class ships, com, commission, COMMISSIONING, Committee, construction, county, county fire department, crew, DATE, day, December, Department, design, dock, emergency, end, equipment, EST, event, fire, firefight, firefighter, firefighter paramedic, Flight, FORGET, Frank Shafroth, fun, fundraising issues, Ground, grumman, head, hero, Heroes, husband, hymel, IMMEDIATE, Intelligence, Jan, keel, League, Link, long term relationship, lot, LPD, Main, Mar, Marine, member, Monday, name, Navy, navy captain, navy league, navy ship, NEVER, New York, News, NY, org, OTHER, part, paul ferguson, Pennsylvania, Pentagon, pentagon attack, Per, place, Point, Port, PR, process, red, RELEASE, rescue, Sacrifice, sail, sailors, San Antonio, School, Sept, September, september 11 th, service, ship, ships, side, Somerset, term, time, timeline, Today, trade, tragic events, transport, tribute, u s navy, US, USS, uss arlington, USS New York, USS Somerset LPD-25, Va., victim, wikipedia, Will, World, World Trade Center, www