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We salute the Air National Guard chief master sergeant who pulled passengers from a fiery B-17 crash
A Connecticut Air National Guard chief master sergeant sprang into acton when the World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress he was a passenger aboard crashed while attempting to land at Bradley International Airport on Wednesday, officials said.
Chief Master Sgt. James Traficante, the current command chief for the 103rd Airlift Wing at Bradley's Air National Guard Base, was able to open the downed Collings Foundation B-17's hatch and pull other passengers to safety thanks to his military-issued flame retardant flight gloves and his experience as a C-130 loadmaster, NBC Connecticut reports
"He is very familiar with the back of an aircraft," Army Maj. Gen. Francis J. Evon, adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard, said in a statement on Thursday. "[It was] very lucky that he had gloves on. Our understanding is he popped the hatch and was able to extract some individuals."
Chief Master Sgt. James Traficante(Connecticut National Guard photo)
The Hartford Courant reports that Traficante suffered "at least one broken arm and a broken collarbone" during the crash. He was transported to Hartford Hospital for treatment and released as of Wednesday evening, according to NBC Connecticut.
Seven people were killed in the crash, including the pilot and co-pilot. Seven passengers, including Traficante, were injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the incident.
"The Connecticut National Guard is thankful that our airman on board the aircraft is safe," Evon said in a statement "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragic accident."
The FBI is treating the recent shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as a terrorist attack, several media outlets reported on Sunday.
"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.
The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time
The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.
We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"