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Senior Airman James Arthur Hansen

December 21, 2012

Hansen

This week’s American Hero is United States Air Force Senior Airman James A. Hansen of Athens, Michigan.

According to The Daily Reporter

James graduated from Athens High School in 2003, attended Kellogg Community College and Central Michigan University. He continued his education while in the Air Force through CMU’s College of Extended Learning and was working toward his Bachelor’s degree. He began his service in the U. S. Air Force in May 2008 and was Senior Airman specializing in air field management. He was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. and deployed to Iraq in 2010. James was a member of the Athens golf team in high school as well as the National Honor Society and a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity while at CMU. He enjoyed playing the drums and running.

Judi Henckel, a teacher at Athens high school had many things to say about James and his family:

It really is just hard to believe it’s really true but the family is so strong. I’m so impressed by how strong they are for each other. The thing I will remember most about Jimmy is his smile. You could tell he genuinely meant it when he said he was glad to see you. Whatever he did, he gave 100 percent of what he had and you can’t say that about every kid. I think he was sort of searching for the right thing and I think he thought he found it in the Air Force. I know he was happy.

According to a Pentagon report, Hansen died of wounds suffered during a controlled detonation at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, on September 15th, 2010. He was assigned to the 46th Operations Support Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Hansen’s family and friends recalled him as the type who befriended those who were either less fortunate or rarely had the opportunity to have a friend like James. He genuinely cared about the welfare of those around him and shared his passion for life and his happiness with everyone he encountered.

As stated by those stationed with Hansen, he embodied the very spirit the United States Air Force needs and promotes. The family has also asked that memorial contributions be made to the Jimmy Hansen Memorial Scholarship through the Athens Area Community Foundation, which can be found by clicking HERE.

Today, James lies in rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. Though he is remembered as a son, a brother and a friend, we ask that you forever remember him as an American Hero.

 

 

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