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The 20th Anniversary of 9/11 is quickly approaching, and General Kelvin Coppock has finally written about that day in his new book “Destination 9/11.”
As one of the highest-ranking intelligence officers in the United States Air Force on September 11, 2001, Brigadier General Kelvin Coppock joined President George W. Bush at the Strategic Command Headquarters to face the day that changed the World.
“Destination 9/11” will give you a deeper understanding of 9/11 and an even greater appreciation for all that goes into keeping our nation safe.
Kelvin brings his story to life in an engaging way with balanced detail, bringing out all ranges of emotion. I loved the inclusion of historical events leading up to 9/11 occurring in tandem with Kel’s personal journey as well as the insight into the rigorous training our impressive military leaders experience. I finished the book with a deeper understanding of 9/11 and an even greater appreciation for all that goes into keeping our nation safe. Highly recommend it!
Destination 9/11 is a fantastic gem of a book. This book kept me up, turning page after page, unable to put it down! Ret. Brig Gen Kelvin Coppock’s voice sheds new light on a day many people think they know all there is to know about it. His story must be in the historical record, and now it is. Leading up to the story of The Day is the story of a man who spent much of his adult life in the Air Force. I had no idea that branch of the military did so much. I have encouraged everyone I know with a tie to the military or an interest in that day to read this unputdownable book.
I had been waiting years to have a book of this magnitude written. Well written, easy to read book from the man that was intimately involved in the day that should never be forgotten by any American. I loved how General Coppock intertwined the story of his life and military training that led up to his briefing of the President. He provided historical facts of the rise of Bin Laden and kept me wanting to turn the page and read more.
Destination 9/11 is an absolute must read! This book kept me glued to my seat, turning page after page, unable to put it down! Ret. Brig Gen Kelvin Coppock’s voice and uplifting personality shines throughout this memoir, adding a unique and inspiring perspective to a tragic event so well known. Coppock offers never-before-seen information, straight from the source, not only about secret exercises, missions, and plans at play during September 11, 2001, but also insider information about the United States Air Force and what it is like serving as a man who is incredibly devoted to his country. As soon as I finished this memoir I was filled with an overwhelming feeling of awe and satisfaction, knowing that I had just read something important and memorable.
Overall, if, in a perfect world, 9/11 did not happen, this memoir would still be an incredibly interesting and exciting read, it isn’t every day that the general population hears from those so intertwined in the United States military. Ret Brigadier General Kelvin Robert Coppock has lived a very full life, filled with accomplishments and hard work. This is a story of a life that should be well known, not only for his heroic, in the moment, decision making, but for his 34 years of service in the United States Air Force.
Just as Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) is the “day that shall live in infamy” for America’s “Greatest Generation”, so too is 9/11/2001 for our generation. Few Americans alive that fateful day failed to witness – and none of us can forget – the horrific images of jet airliners smashing into the World Trade Center’s majestic and magnificent Twin Towers and the fiery destruction and cascading devastation, the chaos and the death, that resulted. We all witnessed it, either in real time or in replays, and we thought we knew what happened, but now – for the first time – we are presented with a “behind the scenes” exposé from the highest level of our government: The intelligence briefing presented to President George W. Bush by the US Air Force officer who presented it, General Kelvin Coppock.
Coppock’s recently published book – Destination 9/11 – arrives just as we approach the 20th Anniversary of that infamous and horribly tragic event. A time to remember those that lost their lives and the families so terribly impacted, a time to reflect on what we know, and a time to learn more about it. Not only does General Coppock relate to us what we knew – more importantly what we did not know and why – on that fateful day, but in a parallel series of timeline counterpoints, outlines how we got to that shocking and dreadful destiny.
More than that, Coppock’s book is a detailed, well-written, in-context story of a young man originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, who joined the Air Force, attended the AF Academy, and moved steadily upwards, learning and growing from each and every experience. He lead increasing numbers of men and women as a commander assigned progressively growing responsibilities and, becoming a Brigadier General, he was perfectly placed as the US Strategic Command’s Director of Intelligence, poised to provide the command’s 9/11 briefing to President Bush. His description of the nearly two hours he spent with the President – and especially his frank appraisal of Bush’s personality, demeanour, and attitudes – is particularly insightful and not something anyone will read any other place.
At a deeper, more personal level, the intertwining braid of Coppock’s most memorable life experiences and most meaningful lessons learned illustrates to all – in all walks of American life – and especially to those just beginning their life careers, how these individually significant episodes build synergistically to prepare a person for a fateful – in this case historic – opportunity and influence the outcome of it.
Expertly written and well-paced, this book is a “must read” for anyone who wishes to know more about the watershed tragedy that befell our nation, terminated nearly 3,000 American lives, injured 25,000 others, and devastated innumerable families. But it is so much more than that, providing much food for thought as we reflect on the immensity and gravity of that horrific event and look inwardly at our own individual life’s story and how it prepares us for our own extraordinary date with destiny.
Douglas C. Dildy, Colonel, USAF (Ret.) and Author of To Defeat the Few and 14 other books
General Coppock provides the reader with clear insight on what happened on 9/11 and importantly, what did not happen on 9/11. Like all American tragedies, conspiracy theories immediately popped up after 9/11 and some were given credence in the media. General Coppock was there and he leaves no doubt about what went on; all conspiracy theories are completely debunked in this excellent book. Destination 9/11 will become the premier reference for all future discussions of 9/11, including how our intelligence network failed to detect the attack and then immediately responded to provide critical support to the top leaders of our government. A compelling read!
Retired Brigadier General Kelvin Coppock provides a unique perspective of the events leading up to 9/11. His personal life story including the successes and challenges of a career in the U.S. Air Force is an inspirational story of patriotism, leadership, and family all playing a part in the development of a key leader ready to handle the unplanned events of that fateful day. There is no doubt readers will be surprised by the twists and turns of his story. I encourage everyone to read this book!
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About the Author
Brig. Gen. Kelvin R. Coppock was Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. As ACC's senior intelligence officer he leads more than 16,000 intelligence operations people and is responsible for intelligence support to 210 active-duty and Reserve component units. The general directs the development of policy, doctrine, organizational concepts, weapons system requirements, tactics, techniques, and procedures applicable to ACC forces worldwide.
General Coppock was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy and began his career as a missile combat crew member at Malmstrom AFB, Mont. He is a master missileer, space operator, senior intelligence officer, and firefighter. He has held several unit, major command, and unified command assignments, as well as tours at the Pentagon, to include the Joint Staff. General Coppock has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels.