Townsend visits Md. guardsmen at Pentagon

September 21, 2001|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - Borrowing a green Army camouflage jacket as a shield against the rain, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend toured the damaged Pentagon yesterday, thanking Maryland National Guardsmen who have helped provide security there since the terrorist attack last week.

Townsend arrived with Maj. Gen. James F. Fretterd, commander of the Maryland National Guard, and walked out to the building's courtyard to shake hands with the citizen soldiers. She then viewed the attack site.

The lieutenant governor presented the guardsmen, part of the 115th Military Police Battalion in Salisbury, with a stack of thank-you letters and colorful drawings from students at Millington Elementary School in Kent County.

"You stand in for our people," she said. "It's very important that the citizens feel part of this effort."

Lt. Col. Bernard P. Liswell, commander of the battalion, said 190 of the 300 soldiers in the battalion were part of the call-up of Guard and Reserve forces Sept. 12.

The soldiers have orders to provide security at the Pentagon until Sept. 30, although Liswell said their orders could be extended.

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