An Air Force F-15 pilot, Capt. Eric Straub, proposed to his girlfriend over the weekend, Today.com and multiple other outlets report.
This, in and of itself, isn’t news. It’s the military, people get married every 32 seconds, according to statistics I recently made up.
But Straub’s new financee, Claire Thorton, is a cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals. And Straub went all out for the proposal, donning his flight suit and dropping to one knee on the sideline of the Cardinals game against the Washington Redskins.
"It was so loud you couldn't hear anything,” Straub told Today.com. “I had all these things I wanted to say, but once I got down on my knee, I had no idea what to say. I think all I said was, 'I love you marry me!' It was funny.''
She said yes.
"Claire had no idea what was going on,'' Straub told TODAY.com. "I just wanted it to be special for her, and I wanted her to be surprised.”
According to Today.com, Straub had just returned from a deployment to the Middle East. As we’ve previously reported, Straub’s aircraft, the F-15E Strike Eagle, has been an active participant in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The couple went to high school together, and had been dating for about a year.
Several members of the Marine Corps' famous Silent Drill Platoon were kicked out of the service or punished by their command after someone reported witnessing them using a training rifle to strike someone.
Three Marines have been discharged in the last 60 days and two others lost a rank after the Naval Criminal Investigative Service began looking into hazing allegations inside the revered unit that performs at public events around the world.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur.)
Defense officials will brief President Donald Trump's national security team on a plan that involves sending 5,000 more troops to the Middle East to deter Iran, Task & Purpose has learned.
So far, no decisions have been made about whether to send the reinforcements to the region, unnamed U.S. officials told CNN's Barbara Starr.
"The military capabilities being discussed include sending additional ballistic missile defense systems, Tomahawk cruise missiles on submarines, and surface ships with land attack capabilities for striking at a long range," CNN reports. "Specific weapons systems and units have not been identified."
The thousands of sailors, Coasties and Marines who descend on New York City every year for Fleet Week are an awesome sight to behold on their own, but this year's confab of U.S. service members includes a uniquely powerful homecoming as well.
When an Air Force major called J.J. completed a solo flight in the U-2 in late August 2016 — 60 years after the high-flying aircraft was introduced — he became the 1,000th pilot to do so.
J.J., whose name was withheld by the U.S. Air Force for security reasons, earned his solo patch a few days after pilots No. 998 and No. 999. Those three pilots are in distinguished company, two fellow pilots said this month.
"We have a pretty small, elite team of folks. We're between about 60 and 70 active-duty pilots at any given time," Maj. Matt "Top" Nauman said during an Air Force event at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City.
"We're about 1,050 [pilots] right now. So to put that in context, there are more people with Super Bowl rings than there are people with U-2 patches," Nauman added. "It's a pretty small group of people that we've hired over the last 60 to 65 years."