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Department of Defense identifies Hanscom Airman killed in vehicle accident in Kuwait

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Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan, photographed in 2019 as an airman first class, 66th Security Forces Squadron, of Anaheim, Calif., died as a result of non-combat related injuries while conducting a routine patrol outside the perimeter of Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Sept. 12. (U.S. Air Force photo)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (Sept. 13, 2020) – The Department of Defense has identified an Airman who was killed Sept. 12 in a single-vehicle, non-combat related accident while conducting a routine patrol outside the perimeter of Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait. He is Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan, 26, who had served with the 66th Security Forces Squadron since October 2018.

Phan was deployed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing’s 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron in Kuwait. He had been there since July.

66 SFS members from Hanscom routinely deploy to assist with security operations around the globe.

According to a release from U.S. Air Forces Central, the parent command for the deployed unit, two other Airmen were injured in the accident. The surviving Airmen were transported to a hospital at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with non-life-threatening injuries.

At Hanscom, Phan conducted preliminary criminal investigations, rendered emergency first aid and oversaw all integrated defense, policing, investigations, military working dog support and access control for the base, according to 66th Security Forces Squadron Commander Maj. Shane Watts. He was recently accepted as a military working dog handler. Upon return from deployment, Phan was projected to attend the MWD Handler course at Joint Base Lackland in Texas.

“Senior Airman Jason Phan was an exceptionally noble servant to the nation and his fellow Airmen,” said Watts. “His tireless commitment to master his craft made him a credible and reliable teammate in critical situations. But it was his genuine enthusiasm and selfless devotion to others that defined the depth of his character and inspiration to his peers and leaders. Jason lived with passion and shared compassion with purpose to everyone. He will be sorely missed by the Defenders here, and I’m extremely grateful for and humbled by his service. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”

Phan hailed from Anaheim, California. He was single with no children.

Airman Phan’s remains will be flown back to the U.S. via Dover AFB, Delaware, at a yet-to-be-determined date. Air Force officials ask that news media and others respect the privacy of family members.

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