The secretary of the Air Force said yesterday that Airman Spencer Stone was known as “Captain America” by his friends before he ever took down a gunman on a French train.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee Jones said that the gunman didn't expect "a confrontation with our very own 'Captain America.'"

“And believe it or not, that is what Airman Stone’s friends nicknamed him during Air Force technical training," she added.

Stone was one of four Americans credited with foiling the suspect on a high-speed train to Paris.

French-American Professor Mark Moogalian was shot in the neck after being the first person to confront the gunman. Then, Stone and his two friends, Sacramento State University senior Anthony Sadler and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, rushed in to restrain the gunman.

Stone now is being nominated for the Airman’s Medal, the highest noncombat honor.

I was able to chat with Airman First Class Stone yesterday thanking him and congratulating him on a job well done. We...

Posted by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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