Former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha addresses the audience as he is recognized for receiving the Medal of Honor at the Pentagon, Feb. 11, 2013.
Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha says people need to stop "armchair quarterbacking" what they would do during a school shooting.
In an appearance on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper, Romesha said all those would-be heroes should "stop talking about it" if they've never been in a situation like that. Although the question from Tapper was vague and mentioned "some people" were saying they would have run into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to confront the gunman, President Donald Trump said earlier this week he would have "run in there," even if he were unarmed.
Trump went on to criticize police officers on scene, saying they "weren't exactly Medal of Honor winners."
Romesha — who is a Medal of Honor winner (yes, I know, he's a recipient and you don't "win" it) — knows a thing or two about running into fire. During a coordinated attack on his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, Romesha ran repeatedly through enemy fire to tend to wounded soldiers, lead his men, and kill enemy fighters.
Here's what he said in full:
It's one of those...I never looked to go be a hero. I guess I don't feel like I've ever been a hero. I'm just someone who did a job. Until you're actually put in that experience, that situation, it's all about timing. We're all going to be faced with something in our lives. But to hear someone say in hindsight — armchair quarterbacking — 'Yeah I would've ran in there and would've done this, that, and the other,' well until you do it, you know, stop talking about it.
Chief Mass Communication Spc. Keith DeVinney sleeps between exercises during Fleet Combat Camera Pacific's Winter Quick Shot 2013 combined field training exercise in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, Calif., Feb. 17, 2013. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair)
(Reuters Health) - Soldiers who experience sleep problems during basic combat training may be more likely to struggle with psychological distress, attention difficulties, and anger issues during their entry into the military, a recent study suggests.
"These results show that it would probably be useful to check in with new soldiers over time because sleep problems can be a signal that a soldier is encountering difficulties," said Amanda Adrian, lead author of the study and a research psychologist at the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.
"Addressing sleep problems early on should help set soldiers up for success as they transition into their next unit of assignment," she said by email.
Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.
Photo: US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
U.S. Army Cpt. Katrina Hopkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers, assigned to Task Force Warhorse, pilot a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operation at Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Javion Siders)
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.