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Students Visit Pentagon

Mount St. Mary's students visiting the Pentagon

Students from the Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Department at Mount St. Mary's University recently spent a day at the Pentagon, where they toured the facility and also met career employees in law enforcement and related Department of Defense areas. The trip, organized by Professor Virginia McGovern, is one of a number of initiatives designed to help students connect their social science experience at The Mount with career pathways.

“My mom used to have classes at the Pentagon and told me about how amazing the building was,” Jenna Milner ’22 said, “but it still was not what I expected.”

The tour included a visit to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, a solemn reminder of the 184 people who lost their lives during the 2001 terrorist attack. Although many students on the trip were just infants when the events of 9/11 occurred, it was clear that the memorial and the vast stretch of building clearly reconstructed since then, made a great impression on them.

Officers from the Pentagon Force Protection Agency guided the group through a security clearance process, and also accompanied the tour in the building itself, providing answers to many questions and information about law enforcement careers within their agency. Inside the building, students mingled with members of all armed forces branches, foreign visitors, and defense contractors, and toured large areas that involved walking more than 1.5 miles indoors.

Jack Trammell, Ph.D., department chair, accompanied the group. In coordination with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, future trips are planned for return visits.

“We hope to also come back out to your University to meet more of the students and possibly have some of the specialty units such as ERT and K-9 to come and speak with you all as well,” Officer Laquanda Burgess said.