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Our hearts go out to our Navy Yard neighbors

Our hearts go out to our Navy Yard neighbors

Yesterday was a terrible day for our community.  Our colleagues at the Navy Yard experienced an incomprehensible act of violence that resulted in loss of life and disruption of everyday life for so many.

Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this senseless tragedy and the victims who are recuperating from their injuries.  Our thoughts and prayers are also with the many people traumatized by this long and frightening ordeal.

We are very appreciative of the bravery shown by the many first responders, who acted so selflessly to protect the people who live and work in the area.  Our thanks cannot meet the measure of their courage and willingness to sacrifice for the safety of others. 

Photo of DOT H.Q. with flags at half-mast
DOT Headquarters with flags at half-mast; photo courtesy Arthur Dexter.

We are further grateful for the help provided by DOT employees yesterday to our Navy Yard colleagues. 

I'm also very grateful that no one at DOT Headquarters was hurt, and I'm proud of the professionalism that everyone at DOT showed by remaining calm and patient throughout the day.

We at DOT share with our Navy Yard colleagues a commitment to public service. Today, we will do our best to return to that commitment.

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The Navy Yard gymnasium, located in building 197, is shutdown during the restoration of that building. The restoration process is expected to take 2 to 3 months due to the extensive damage caused by law enforcement response. It is a difficult situation for all at Navy Yard, with missing co-workers, building damage reminders of the situation and a myriad of other factors. One way to boost morale is to keep the body in shape. Something many civilians and especially the military undertake during lunch and other off hours at the Navy Yard. They are unable to exercise as before due to building restoration and criminal investigation processes. Is there any way that DOT, right next door, can allow Navy Yard employees with Navy recreation facility memberships to use the DOT recreation facilities during the restoration? This would surely help boost their morale and demonstrate our willingness to help out other departments.

Well said and echoing all of us who support USDOT and US Navy in service to fellow citizens and the nation. Our hearts stopped on Monday and beat more heavily now.
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