Friday, December 12, 2008

Air Force Recruiter Stabbed Outside New York Office

News in Balance

News in Balance:

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Dec. 12, 2008 -- An Air Force recruiter was stabbed outside her Harlem recruiting office Dec. 11 at about 12:45 p.m. in New York City.

Staff Sgt. Sarah Charles, a recruiter with the 313th Recruiting Squadron, is currently in critical but stable condition.

Sergeant Charles was talking with a potential applicant at the time of the attack. A suspect has been apprehended.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarah and her family," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Maceachron, 360th Recruiting Group deputy commander. "Sarah is one of our superstar Airmen. She is a role-model and always displays a professional and friendly attitude. The Air Force is a family and her teammates and friends are rallying around her through this ordeal."

The incident is currently under investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the local authorities. Air Force officials have no reason to believe that this was a specific incident targeting military recruiters.

(Report from a U.S. Air Force news release.)

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