STATEMENT: General Breedlove Praises Courage of Americans in French Train Incident

STUTTGART, Germany – General Philip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command, added his voice to others who are calling three Americans heroes for their actions Friday night on a train between Amsterdam and Paris.

“These men are heroes. Actions like this clearly illustrate the courage and commitment our young men and women have all the time, whether they are on duty or on leave,” said General Breedlove. “We are extremely proud of their efforts and now are praying for our injured airman to have a speedy recovery.”

Airman First Class Spencer Stone of Lajes Air Base, Azores, and Specialist Alek Skarlatos, an Oregon National Guardsman, and a civilian friend were traveling as a group on personal leave. They took immediate action to subdue an armed gunman before he could engage his automatic weapon on the train.

Airman First Class Stone is currently being treated in a French medical facility with non-life threatening injuries.