Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. DarlingUnited States Marine Corps (Ret.)


September 11, 2001 - The White House

A Crisis Leadership Presentation

By Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling
United States Marine Corps (Ret.

On September 11th, 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Darling was working in the White House Military Office and was initially tasked to coordinate airlift assets for the President’s evacuation to an undisclosed site.  However, he was quickly recruited to provide his military expertise and became a liaison between the Vice President, National Security Advisor and the Pentagon.  During the next 24 hours, he received real time information from numerous government agencies and worked directly with the National Command Authority to respond to the terrorist attacks.  Lieutenant Colonel Darling witnessed firsthand the enormity of the crisis leadership decisions that were made that day on behalf of all Americans.  This presentation is designed to ensure we, as a nation, never forget the events of 9/11/01, and to inspire all leaders to take the necessary steps within their power to protect and safeguard their employees, their organizations and their communities.   

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”

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