U.S. Airman Killed in Vehicle Accident in Kuwait, Second Incident Past Few Days
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), on September 16, announced the death of an Airman in vehicle accident in Kuwait while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
The deceased was identified as Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Ouellette, 23, of Merrimack, New Hampshire He died September 14 in a single all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) non-combat related accident on the flightline at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Ouellette was assigned to the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts. The DOD statement said that the cause of the accident is under investigation.
This is the second fatal vehicle accident involving a U.S. Airman at Ali Al Salem Air Base in the past few days. The first incident occurred on September 12 when Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan, 26, of Anaheim, California, died in a single-vehicle non-combat related accident while conducting a routine patrol outside the perimeter of the base.
The DOD statement clarified that Sept. 14 accident is unrelated to the one that claimed the life of Senior Airman Jason Phan.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and teammates of our two Airmen who we have recently lost,” said Col. Henry Triplett, commander of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing at Ali Al Salem. “These two Airmen were beloved members of our wing and tragically died while serving our nation. While this is an extremely difficult time for our wing, we will continue to lean on and support one another.”