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An experienced Keynote Speaker since 9/11, LTC Robert J. Darling has many national public appearances under his belt. His story of the first 24 hours in the White House Bunker is both riveting and compelling. You will hear stories of which the national press was never privy.

     An absolute must for todays audiences interested in the inside story of those directly involved, is putting both LTC Robert J. Darling on stage relating the tension and leadership decisions at the highest levels of our government, and Erik O. Ronningen, the last person to escape the South Tower before it collapsed. The interwoven stores of these two engaging gentleman playing off one another will have your listeners on the edge of their seats, and a presentation they will long remember. 

LTC Robert J. Darling, USMC (RETY)

LTC Robert J. Darling, USMC (Ret.) 


September 11, 2001 - The White House 
A Crisis Leadership Presentation 

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 key liaison between the Vice President, National Security Advisor and the Pentagon and worked directly with the National Command Authority to respond to the terrorist attacks.  Lieutenant Colonel Darling witnessed first hand the enormity of the crisis leadership decisions that were made that day on behalf of all Americans.

Title Photo: 24 Hours Inside The President's Bunker

LTC Robert J. Darling, USMC (Ret) was the White House Airlift Operations Officer who, during the 9/11/2001 attack on America, 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.

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