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US service member dies in accident

Jason Khai Phan

KUWAIT: A US service member has died in a non-combat incident at an air base in Kuwait, the US Department of Defense announced Sunday. Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan, assigned to the 66th Security Forces Squadron at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts died Saturday in “a single-vehicle, non-combat related accident while conducting a routine patrol outside the perimeter of Ali Al Salem Air Base,” according to a release.

Two other airmen were injured in the same accident; both were sent to a medical facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with “non-life-threatening injuries,” according to military releases.

Phan, 26, from Anaheim, California, was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the US Defense Department’s campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. According to Hanscom officials, his work while deployed included helping with preliminary criminal investigations, supporting base security, rendering emergency first aid and other base support functions.

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