News | Sept. 8, 2021

DLA Aviation employees remember 9/11: Vinson Avery

By DLA Aviation Public Affairs Office

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Public Affairs Office is running a week-long series Sept. 6-11 sharing the stories of DLA Aviation employees who remember where they were and what they were doing that fateful day.

Name: Vinson Avery

Organization: DLA Aviation at San Diego

What is your job title, and what do you do, specifically? I’m an inventory management specialist. I am part of a team that provides collaborative forecasting, sustainment and direct action in support of aircraft and components maintenance and repair to Fleet Readiness Center Southwest.  

Please tell where you were and what you were doing on Sept. 11, 2001. I was a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps attending the Advanced Leadership Course at Camp Pendleton, California. This course is considered the gateway into senior leadership and provides the Marine Corps with a cadre of warfighters ready for future challenges, and that challenge would be tested soon. Right after the course, I was deployed with the 1st Marine Division.

What can we do to ensure future generations never forget that fateful day? That day was asymmetrical in nature, leaving behind conventional warfare and moving into a series of deepening strategic dilemmas far into the future. With this in mind, our way of life and mindset is ingrained with a sense of duty to tell future generations about what happened on 9/11.