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Remembering 9/11: Military Career Split Into Before And After Attacks, Army Veteran Says

Shaun Goater served in the Household Cavalry Regiment and completed tours of both Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11.

A British Army veteran has told Forces News he splits his military career into two parts – before and after the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

Shaun Goater served in the Household Cavalry Regiment and completed tours of both Afghanistan and Iraq following the attacks in New York and Washington.

He said the work the Army "did post-9/11 was completely different" than before the attacks, adding "it changed the Army forever".

And Mr Goater said troops had "a different view" of the attacks than civilians.

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"Once we got over the initial shock of the scale of the attack, thoughts very quickly turned to, 'This is going to kick off somewhere, we're going to be going somewhere," he said.

He also said the attack on 11 September 2001, was a generation's "Kennedy moment".

"I think people that were alive and actually witnessed the attacks know where they were at that exact point and it's something you will never forget about."