A U.S. Air Force staff sergeant from New Hampshire has died from non-combat injuries suffered in an ATV accident in Kuwait, the Department of Defense said.
Ronald Ouellette, 23, of Merrimack, died Monday, Col. Craig Peters, 439th Airlift Wing commander, said in a news release. Ouellette was assigned to the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts.
The accident happened at the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait.
The accident is under investigation.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement that Ouellette was an American hero whose service to the country “will never be forgotten.”
It is with sorrow that we have learned of the passing of Staff Sgt. Ronald Ouellette of Merrimack. All of NH mourns the loss of Staff Sgt. Ouellette, an American Hero, whose service to our country will never be forgotten. Our prayers are with his family.https://t.co/QJoCAWp0gU
— Chris Sununu (@GovChrisSununu) September 16, 2020
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said in a statement, “We have a solemn obligation to always honor the memory of Staff Sergeant Ouellette and hold his family close.”
From the beginning of our nation’s history, Granite Staters have selflessly answered the call of duty to protect our country and tragically, some never return home. We have a solemn obligation to always honor the memory of Staff Sergeant Ouellette and hold his family close.
— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) September 16, 2020
Ouellette “represented the best that our state has to offer,” U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said in a statement.
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