US Air Force officials applauded the heroism of Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, as well as Spc. Alek Skarlatos and two others. Had it not been for the group, the officials said, things would have gone quite differently aboard the train last Friday.
Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, the first female soldiers ever to earn a Ranger tab, on Thursday discussed their experience at the notoriously tough school. Their male Ranger buddies spoke about how skepticism turned to admiration.
Two female soldiers are in the running to become the first women to wear Ranger tabs. At his final press conference, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno reflected on the military's expanding role for women.
Of the 19 women who started Ranger School, a captain and a first lieutenant – both West Point graduates – remain. Make it through one more week of swamp training, and they will become the first women to wear a Ranger tab.
A senior officer who used his personal firearm to shoot back at the Chattanooga attacker is unlikely to face criminal charges. But what some see as a disconnect between a Pentagon investigation and what many call heroism points to the rapid shift on the ground at military installations.
In an age when much of aerial combat seems to involve pilotless drones, it may be difficult to comprehend the dangers of military flying. Vietnam tested many pilots, including Sen. John McCain and one Monitor reporter.