Hattiesburg retired general talks about death of Osama bin Laden - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg retired general talks about death of Osama bin Laden

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - "He made the announcement that Osama bin laden had been killed and my initial reaction was thank god," said Retired Major General Jeff Hammond.

Those are the sentiments of the man who helped begin the search for bin laden nearly a decade ago, and who commanded U.S. Ground forces in Afghanistan.

"What a great day. What a great moment for all the beautiful families of the soldiers we lost under my command at combat for fifteen months, when I commanded the 4th Infantry Division. A great moment. Long over due," said Hammond.

Bin Laden's demise is long over due for families affected by 9-11, and Hammond, who was at the pentagon on 9-11 says that day affected him personally.

"That's when the plane struck. It struck into my office area where I just departed. Killed my people. A few hours later I crawled back up into the pentagon, where the roof was still on fire, couldn't see too well I just had to confirm the lose of life. The life of those people that served a long side with me," said Hammond.

That's when Hammond knew there would be war, and the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden began.

"Then, I  was given command of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division. I went back in for fifteen months. Commanded the forces of 28 thousand soldiers and their families. It was during that period I like to believe that we defeated Al Qaeda in Iraq," said Hammond.

Hammond says Al Qaeda was weakened then, but it took years of intelligence to get the U.S. to this moment of success, which Hammond feels is just one of two major threats the U.S. military has taken down.

"In my view this is the second weapon of mass destruction our service members have taken off the battle field. First being Saddam Hussein , and now Bin Laden. Magnificent work.

So, the question now is what is next? Hammond believes Al Qaeda has only been silenced temporarily.

"They will go through a period of disruption, but they do quickly recover. We can not lose sight of that," said Hammond.

And Hammond says he hasn't lost sight there will always be an Osama Bin Laden when it comes to the war on terror.

Copyright 2011 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • 'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

    'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

    Sunday, July 15 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-07-15 15:48:02 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 6:23 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:23:32 GMT
    (Sony Pictures Animation via AP). This image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows a scene from "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."(Sony Pictures Animation via AP). This image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows a scene from "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."
    "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust.More >>
    "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust.More >>
  • LPD searching woman wanted for auto burglary, credit card fraud

    LPD searching woman wanted for auto burglary, credit card fraud

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:22 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:22:45 GMT
    The woman faces potential charges for auto burglary and felony credit card fraud. (Photo source: LPD)The woman faces potential charges for auto burglary and felony credit card fraud. (Photo source: LPD)

    Laurel police need help identifying a woman that is accused of breaking into an unlocked car and using stolen credit cards.  LPD officers responded to Sandy Lane after reports of three auto burglaries to unlocked vehicles on Saturday at 4 p.m. Various items were reported stolen, and a short time later one of the credit cards stolen was used by a woman at Kroger on Highway 15 north, according to a Laurel Police Department news release.  The woman faces potent...

    More >>

    Laurel police need help identifying a woman that is accused of breaking into an unlocked car and using stolen credit cards.  LPD officers responded to Sandy Lane after reports of three auto burglaries to unlocked vehicles on Saturday at 4 p.m. Various items were reported stolen, and a short time later one of the credit cards stolen was used by a woman at Kroger on Highway 15 north, according to a Laurel Police Department news release.  The woman faces potent...

    More >>
  • Richton police officer participates in Lip Sync Challenge

    Richton police officer participates in Lip Sync Challenge

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:01:57 GMT
    In the video, McSwain lip synchs William McDowell's "I Give Myself Away," a popular worship song. (Photo source: Netta McSwain Facebook)In the video, McSwain lip synchs William McDowell's "I Give Myself Away," a popular worship song. (Photo source: Netta McSwain Facebook)

    A Richton police officer got spiritual with his rendition of the nationwide Lip Sync Challenge.  Police officers across the country have gone viral with their lip sync talents, and Richton Police Department Officer Jeremy McSwain debuted his on Monday in a video posted to Facebook. In the video, McSwain lip synchs William McDowell's "I Give Myself Away," a popular worship song.  You can watch McSwain's performance below: Netta McSwain  ...

    More >>

    A Richton police officer got spiritual with his rendition of the nationwide Lip Sync Challenge.  Police officers across the country have gone viral with their lip sync talents, and Richton Police Department Officer Jeremy McSwain debuted his on Monday in a video posted to Facebook. In the video, McSwain lip synchs William McDowell's "I Give Myself Away," a popular worship song.  You can watch McSwain's performance below: Netta McSwain  ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly