How big is the Pentagon?
I visited the Pentagon last week meeting with top brass to advance the International Franchise Association’s VetFran initiative and to talk up my Tannerisms presentations on military bases to transitioning vets. We’re doing a lot to help the IFA meet its objective of placing 75,000 vets and their spouses in our franchise community by 2014. What I’m trying to do with my Tannerisms presentations is educate vets on what franchising is and isn’t, where to go for information, what questions to ask franchisors and franchisees, where to find financing, what to look for in an FDD, basically to make vets smarter when they go through an investigation process and better able to make the best decision for their future. My next presentation is September 23, at Ft. Benning outside of Columbus, GA. About that same time, my wife, Fran, and I have been invited back to Washington, D.C. for a private (daylong) tour of the Pentagon. If you’ve ever been near the building, its size is overwhelming. I can tell from the inside it’s exhausting. Someone asked me, “How big is the Pentagon?” “Bigger than a bread basket,” I said. It’s big. Consider this: There are nearly 6.5 million square feet of space in the building. At any given time of the day, there are about 21,000 people working. There are five floors above ground and two basement levels. It is a self-contained office complex with every imaginable support facility available. There are 17.5 miles of corridors. Within the Pentagon there is a five-acre, central plaza. During the Cold War, the area was darkly nicknamed, “ground zero” under the assumption that if the Soviet Union launched a nuclear attack, the plaza would be its first target. If you remember, the Pentagon was struck by terrorists who hijacked and crashed a commercial jet into the western side of the building on September 11, 2001, eerily 60 years to the day construction workers broke ground on the five-sided colossus—September 11, 1941. We’re looking forward to the tour, and I’m looking forward to continue making a difference in our veterans’ lives.