Airman who helped stop train attack returns to US via Travis Air Force Base
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone disembarks from an airplane arriving from Germany at Travis Air Force Base, Thursday. Stone was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled an armed gunman on a Paris-bound train. Stone has been undergoing medical treatment in Germany since he, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Sacramento college student Anthony Sadler subdued the gunman on a passenger train traveling through Belgium on Aug. 21. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone returned Thursday to the U.S. to a hero's welcome upon landing at Travis Air Force Base nearly two weeks after he and two childhood friends gained worldwide recognition for overpowering a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train.
The 23-year-old from Sacramento descended a staircase from the plane, was greeted by family members and then headed along a walkway toward the passenger terminal, while about 300 military family members cheered and waved American flags.
"Welcome Home A1C Stone" flashed on a nearby marquee.
Stone, along with Alek Skarlatos, 22, and Anthony Sadler, 23, were hailed as heroes for overpowering Ayoub El Khazzani after he opened fire on a Paris-bound train Aug. 21. They received the Legion d'honneur – France’s highest honor – from France's President Francois Hollande. Continue Reading