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Published:August 22nd, 2015 12:04 EST

Breedlove: U.S. Troops Heroes in Train Attack

By SOP newswire3

U.S. European Command Commander Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove added his voice to others who are calling three Americans heroes for their actions Friday night on a train outside of Brussels, Belgium.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, assigned to the 65th Air Base Group, Lajes Air Base, Azores, Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Alek Skarlatos and a civilian friend were traveling via train as a group on personal leave. The men took immediate action to subdue an armed gunman before he could engage his automatic weapon on the train.

"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," Breedlove said. "We are extremely proud of their efforts and now are praying for our injured airman to have a speedy recovery."

Stone, who suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attack, is currently being treated in a French medical facility.