"I'm Alek Skarlatos, and you probably have no idea who I am...I've never danced. Like ever, ever," said the Oregon National Guardsman in a video for the 21st season of “Dancing with the stars,” which premiered Sept.15.
Skarlatos and his two friends, Anthony Sadler and Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, made national news on Aug. 21, when they thwarted a terror attack on a train in France. The specialist performed with his partner, Lindsay Arnold, a professional dancer, and received acclaim from the show’s panel.
"I did not expect that at all,” said Carrie Ann Inaba, one of the judges for the contest. “I'm sure that this whole experience has to be so surreal for you. You just came out and showed us one of the best dances of the night.”
Skarlatos will receive the Army’s highest noncombat award, the Soldier’s Medal, for his heroic actions in August, and said he felt he was honoring Sadler and Stone during his performance.
"I feel like I am representing Spencer and Anthony, I just really hope I do them proud.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.