IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Secretary Carter to Present Medals to French Train Attack Heroes


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva will host an award ceremony at 2 p.m., Thursday, in the Pentagon's center court yard for the three individuals who stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound train on Aug. 21.
 
At the ceremony, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone will receive the Airman's Medal & Purple Heart medal, Specialist Alek Skarlatos will receive the Soldier's Medal, and Anthony Sadler will receive the Department of Defense Medal for Valor.
 
Secretary Carter and Gen. Selva will provide remarks during the ceremony.  Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler will conduct a brief media availability in the Pentagon's center courtyard immediately following the awards ceremony. 
 
Media are invited to cover this event.   Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 60 minutes before the event; have proof of affiliation and photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.
 
For questions about this ceremony, please contact Lt. Col. Tom Crosson at 703-697-5133.