March 15, 2005 |
Sensors at two military mail facilities detected signs of anthrax on two pieces of mail but Pentagon officials said the mail was irradiated, rendering any anthrax inert. Additional tests and other sensors at the two facilities, one of them at the Pentagon and the other nearby, found no presence of anthrax, which can be used as a biological weapon. There were no initial reports of illness.
December 23, 2004 |
A fuel tanker truck crashed near the Pentagon, sparking multiple explosions that sent flames nearly 50 feet in the air and shut down a major highway for several hours overnight. The driver died in the accident. The truck apparently struck a guardrail as it drove onto an exit ramp of Interstate 395. "It sounded ... like artillery," said John F. Moroz, a nearby resident.
January 11, 2004 |
Pentagon auditors spent 1,139 hours altering their own files in order to pass an internal review, say investigators who found that the accounting sleuths engaged in just the kind of wasteful activity they are supposed to expose.
December 3, 2003 |
The Pentagon postponed action on an $18-billion Air Force deal for 100 Boeing Co. 767 tankers until the deal is investigated, after Boeing's firing of two executives for ethics violations. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz told leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee in a letter dated Dec. 1 that he was ordering a "pause in the execution" of the Air Force contracts to lease and buy the midair refueling tankers, a major setback in Boeing's two-year effort to sell the planes.
March 4, 2003 |
The 184 people who died at the Pentagon in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be commemorated by individual benches and lighted reflecting pools, the Department of Defense said Monday. An 11-member committee, selected by the Pentagon, chose "Light Benches," by New York architects Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman, from 1,126 entries submitted by an international group of designers.
September 13, 2002 |
In a single casket, remains that symbolically represent all 184 victims of the attack on the Pentagon were buried with full military honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place of the nation's unknown soldiers. In a quiet postscript to the nation's Sept. 11 observances, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld eulogized the dead as patriots who died "here at home, not on a faraway battlefield."