HomeNewsArticle Display

Hanscom AFB mourns loss of Airman

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) --

The Hanscom Air Force Base community mourned the loss of a 66th Security Forces Squadron Airman who was killed in a non-combat related incident while serving overseas Sept. 12.

 

Senior Airman Jason “Khai” Phan was deployed to Kuwait with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing’s SFS in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

 

Hanscom AFB personnel describe Phan as epitomizing the Air Force core values by emulating excellence in every task.

 

“He came to this country with big dreams and aspirations and truly worked to obtain all of his goals,” said Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Souheaver, a 66th SFS defender, who served directly with Phan. “He never stopped believing and pushing to achieve what a lot of people never attempt to do.”

 

Phan immigrated to Anaheim, California, from Vietnam when he was 18 years old to attend school as a computer scientist, and enlisted to help financially support his family. With English as his second language, he worked through elementary-school textbooks on his off time to improve his speech.

 

“The reason he wanted to improve so badly was so he could better do his job, but more importantly, so he could express himself to his friends and loved ones,” said Senior Airman Joel Bell, also a 66th SFS defender, and a good friend of Phan’s.

 

“I am broken by the loss of one of my closest friends, but I’m inspired by him to pursue a life that would make him proud,” Bell said.

 

Phan found an outlet in volunteering at the Hanscom AFB K-9 kennels, taking a break from what Bell described as Phan’s constant devotion to his job and from studying English to learn all there was to know about being a military working-dog handler.

 

According to the 66th SFS officials, Phan had recently been accepted to the 341st Training Squadron MWD Handler course at Joint Base Lackland, Texas, and was scheduled to attend following his deployment.

 

In a standing memorial, officials from the schoolhouse announced that Phan will be posthumously recognized as a graduate of the course. Additionally, two MWDs have been named in his honor; MWD Kkhai and MWD Pphan will go on to serve across the Department of Defense.

 

Typical spelling of MWD names bred through the DOD “Puppy Program” include a double first letter.

 

Maj. Shane Watts, 66th SFS commander, said defenders could be vulnerable around Phan without fear of judgement, and their weaknesses turned to strength through his calm reassurance.

 

“He was the type of Airman, defender, man and friend so profound that I felt an overwhelming obligation to live up to the expectations he deserved in a commander,” Watts said. “I’m still not sure if I’ve done that, but he’s left an impression on me that I will share with my family and commit to fulfilling in my lifetime.”

 

Chief Master Sgt. William Hebb, Hanscom AFB command chief, said “Phan was an absolutely amazing Airman and defender. He made an impact on everyone he knew through his can-do attitude and friendship.”

 

In an email to Hanscom AFB’s workforce, Col. Katrina Stephens, Hanscom AFB commander, called Phan “truly an extraordinary Airman,” and encouraged the community to be there for one another.

 

“Senior Airman Phan represented the best of the Air Force and understood what it meant to be a true wingman,” she said.

 

Engage

Twitter
RT @HQUSAFEAFAF: #DYK the air terminal ops center (ATOC) at Nigerien Air Base 201 is responsible for air transportation ops including cargo…
Twitter
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have been working as quickly as possible to crack the… https://t.co/srH7dpHM8k
Twitter
.@GenCQBrownJr & @cmsaf_official receive their #COVID19 vaccines. Prioritized @DeptofDefense personnel are highly… https://t.co/tAhlWH4BQP
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: The culture we need in our Air Force is one where we embrace diversity, value respect, and foster inclusion. Team Dov…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Talk about a year to be proud of! @HQ_AFMC #Bestof2020AF https://t.co/jyXWj9iWcY
Twitter
Combatting COVID one arm at a time. Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing received their first dose of the Moderna… https://t.co/tojuYTsqXn
Twitter
Training for the fight A 21st Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey takes off during a training mission at… https://t.co/b3hWLilMl8
Twitter
RT @AFResearchLab: Our team is using the power of directed energy and the electromagnetic spectrum to give our warfighters the upper hand.…
Twitter
RT @AFResearchLab: The @usairforce Golden Horde Vanguard program completed its first flight demonstration of collaborative weapons last mon…
Twitter
Give @GenCQBrownJr a follow for the latest on how he's leading the charge to accelerate change throughout the… https://t.co/vef2RqG6oy
Twitter
Developing civilian Airmen The Department of the Air Force is providing developmental education, academic programs… https://t.co/md3EPKRWvM
Twitter
RT @AirmanMagazine: It's time to vote for Airman Magazine’s 2020 photo of the year! This annual competition showcases the men and women of…
Twitter
Mentorship As part of service-wide focus on #mentorship, the @AETCommand Mentoring Council will virtually host a L… https://t.co/SPyI9QWbeN
Twitter
🚧 🚧 CAUTION: Falcons at work 🚧 🚧 F-16 Fighting Falcons based in the @CENTCOM area of operations conduct armed ae… https://t.co/bJO9eInx9u
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: #COVID19 vaccines continue to rollout & the logistics and immunizations teams at the 59th Medical Wing are ensuring the dis…
Twitter
Rolling out the #Vaccine in the phased plan per @DeptofDefense guidelines. https://t.co/NvPYGfourn
Twitter
It is tradition for senior leadership to present Airmen with a coin for exceptionally demonstrating the #AirForce c… https://t.co/qYrBJDfBuI
Twitter
Give @GenCQBrownJr a follow for the latest on how he's leading the charge to accelerate change throughout the… https://t.co/xmiFBLktWW
Twitter
RT @AFResearchLab: @cubcrafters XCub aircraft made a stop in Dayton as it heads over to Maryland to help our 711 HPW test their LASH system…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,311,730
Follow Us