Air Force One changes direction and heads west, eventually landing at Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport, Louisiana. While the aircraft refuels, the President records a short broadcast message pledging that "the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts,” stating that he is in contact with the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense, other members of the Cabinet, and national security advisers. He assures the nation that, "We have taken the necessary security precautions to continue the functions of your Government”.1

1 Goldberg, A. Papadopoulous, S., et al “Pentagon 9/11” Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense n.d PDF. March 16, 2011 page 129