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California airman, 26, killed on patrol in Kuwait

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 9/14/2020 KATE FELDMAN
a man wearing a hat and glasses: 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) © Provided by New York Daily News 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)

A 26-year-old member of the U.S. Air Force from Anaheim died Saturday in a single-vehicle crash while on patrol in Kuwait, the department of Defense said Sunday.

Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan, who had been deployed in July with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing’s 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, was doing patrol around Ali Al Salem Air Base before the accident, military officials said.

The cause of the accident is unclear and under investigation.


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Two other Airmen were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

“Senior Airman Jason Phan was an exceptionally noble servant to the nation and his fellow Airmen. 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," 66th Security Forces Squadron Commander Maj. Shane Watts said in a statement.

"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 had recently been accepted to work as a military working dog handler and was expected to enroll in the MWD Handler course at Joint Base Lackland in Texas after returning from deployment.

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