3 face courts-martial in death of Eglin airman

AP News
Posted: Nov 25, 2011 2:05 PM
3 face courts-martial in death of Eglin airman

Three Air Force sergeants face courts-martial for safety violations involving the death of a Florida-based airman killed while helping dispose of bombs at an air base in Iraq.

The Pentagon says 25-year-old Senior Airman James A. Hansen of Athens, Mich., died Sept. 15, 2010, during a "controlled demolition" at Joint Base Balad. Hansen was from the 46th Operations Support Section at Elgin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle.

The Pensacola News-Journal ( http://on.pnj.com/uFK6tp) reported Thursday that Hansen's parents will speak on their son's behalf at each sergeant's court-martial to be held at their home station over the next few months.

Charges against the three sergeants, who supervised the botched demolition, were filed in June. An accident report listed several safety issues.


Information from: Pensacola News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com