The air war started 20 years ago today. What do you think? I was mobilized in 2001 after 9/11 on one-year orders. It was a hardship being away from family that long, but I figured I would barrel through it and go home. That didn’t turn out as I’d planned as three weeks before we were to go home, we (some of us anyway) were told that we would be extended on another set of one-year orders. Man plans, Big Army laughs. So that’s how 20 years ago today, I spent the day, and night, and day, and night, in an operations center “working the problem” as they say. No, I wasn’t in Iraq, I was safely in the boundaries of the United States, doing my part for the war effort.