Posted: Wednesday, September 12th 2012 at 11:47am
Suwanee woman remembers 9/11 on board Air Force One
By Katie Crumley Access Insider
Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Wanda Joell was a flight attendant on Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001. (photo courtesy of Fox 5)
SUWANEE - A Suwanee woman looks back on the 9/11 attacks from a rare vantage point... she was on board Air Force One with the president on that day.
Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Wanda Joell told Fox 5 that Air Force One was protected by two fighter jets on either side, as she and others first learned of the magnitude of the attacks from the news.
"I felt like we were going to be okay, we were safe with our guardian angels," she said.
Joell said security orders remain for her not to reveal what all went on during those harrowing hours after the World Trade Center towers fell, but she said they did take every precaution to make sure President George W. Bush was safe.
"We got airborne and had to make some deviations in flight and different plans just to keep our president safe," she said.
Joell, who was also the first African-American woman to serve as a flight attendant on Air Force One, is now retired and works as a motivational speaker.
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