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Deployed Westover Airman killed in vehicle accident

Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Ouellette, 42nd Aerial Port Squadron member, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, died in a single all-terrain-vehicle non-combat related accident on the flightline at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Sept. 14. (Courtesy photo)

Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Ouellette, 42nd Aerial Port Squadron member, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, died in a single all-terrain-vehicle non-combat related accident on the flightline at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Sept. 14. (Courtesy photo)

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. --

A deployed U.S. Air Force Reserve Citizen Airman assigned to Westover Air Reserve Base has died from non-combat injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Col. Craig C. Peters, 439th Airlift Wing commander, confirmed the death of Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Ouellette on September 14. Ouellette was assigned to the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron.

“Ronald was a valued member of the Patriot Wing and there are no words that can heal the pain his loss brings,” Peters said. “We consider every Airman, civilian and dependent part of the team that makes all we do in the defense of our nation possible. The loss of our own, or any service member, is never easy. During this difficult time, our priority is to do all we can to lift and support his family, friends, fellow Airmen in his squadron and loved ones who are struggling.”

Ouellette was 23 years old and lived in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He was single with no children.

The accident is under investigation. Further details will be provided when they become available.

For more information, please contact Westover Air Reserve Base Public Affairs at 439AW.PA@us.af.mil or 413-557-2020.