Frankfurt Attack Draws White House, Pentagon Reactions

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2011 — Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma pledged that the Unit­ed States will work with Ger­man author­i­ties to get to the bot­tom of a shoot­ing out­side Frank­furt Inter­na­tion­al Air­port in Ger­many today that claimed the lives of two U.S. air­men and wound­ed two oth­ers.
“I’m sad­dened and I am out­raged by this attack that took the lives of two Amer­i­cans and wound­ed two oth­ers,” he said. “I think the Amer­i­can peo­ple are unit­ed in express­ing our grat­i­tude for the ser­vice of those who were lost.”

The pres­i­dent added that he and First Lady Michelle Oba­ma have the airmen’s fam­i­lies and friends in their thoughts and prayers, and are pray­ing for a speedy recov­ery for those who were injured.

“I want every­body to under­stand that we will spare no effort in learn­ing how this out­ra­geous act took place,” the pres­i­dent said, “and in work­ing with Ger­man author­i­ties to ensure that all of the per­pe­tra­tors are brought to jus­tice.”

Oba­ma called the inci­dent “a stark reminder of the extra­or­di­nary sac­ri­fices that our men and women in uni­form are mak­ing all around the world to keep us safe, and the dan­gers that they face all around the globe.”

“So I think it’s fair to say that on behalf of the Amer­i­can peo­ple, we want to extend our deep­est con­do­lences to these fam­i­lies,” he added.

Pen­ta­gon Press Sec­re­tary Geoff Mor­rell said the Defense Depart­ment will coop­er­ate with Ger­man author­i­ties in their inves­ti­ga­tion.

“The Defense Depart­ment is sad­dened by the deaths of two of our air­men and the wound­ing of two oth­ers today in Frank­furt, Ger­many,” he said. “We mourn the loss of our brave ser­vice mem­bers who were so cru­el­ly gunned down. We pray for their fam­i­lies and the speedy recov­ery of the wound­ed. And we will do all we can to help inves­ti­ga­tors bring to jus­tice those respon­si­ble for this cow­ard­ly attack.”

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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