By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
U.S. Army Lt. John Fernandez (Ret.) didn't wear shorts to his interview with us here at 30 Rock today -- he wore long pants -- so there was no way the folks who passed us in the hallway would ever know that John's lower legs are made of titanium. But those who come out to watch the former West Point lacrosse Captain in this weekend's Army/Navy alumni lacrosse match will see how he gets around...and will no doubt marvel at it. But if you ask him, in the classic swagger of a soft-spoken military combat veteran, he'll tell you, "I was never that quick on my feet anyway..."
John's injuries were caused when an American F-15 dropped a bomb on his position. He was the commander of a missile battery -- they're called MLRS's -- and if they weren't instruments of war they'd be beautiful things to watch. As I told him today, I was stranded with General Downing during that stage of the war, and the MLRS launches we were watching at night could easily have been from John's position.
These days, John is working for the Wounded Warrior Project. He's a native of Long Island -- married, father of two with one on the way. He is a great guy, and in a few days we'll air portions of our interview with him, and we'll put all of it on the website.
By the way: my favorite story of the day? Right here.
We have a great broadcast planned to cap off what I think has been a great week. Have a great weekend, and I hope you can come back to join us on Monday night.