Remembering what happened at the Pentagon on 9/11

First responders salute the flag drapped over the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2019. Photo credit Lisa Ferdinando/DoD

When most people think of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., they think of the octagonal building full of military personnel and offices.

But, the Pentagon can also be described as a self-contained small city – complete with shops, restaurants, and businesses that even those with no military background would find familiar.

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One of those businesses is PenFed Credit Union.

James Schneck worked in the Pentagon until Feb. 1, 2001, as the assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs. Today, he is PenFed’s president and CEO.

“Those were the offices that were hit on 9/11,” he said. “Had that been seven months earlier, I would have been in those offices with my colleagues.”