920th Rescue Wing Members Honor Airmen Killed in Khobar Towers Bombing 24 Years Ago
By Space Coast Daily // June 28, 2020
1996 Khobar Towers bombing was terrorist attack on U.S. Air Force housing complex
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Rescue Wing members honored five Rescue Airmen and 14 other Airmen killed in a terrorist attack 24 years ago known as the Khobar Towers bombing.
The Khobar Towers bombing of 1996 was a terrorist attack on a U.S. Air Force housing complex in the town of Khobar, near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on June 25, 1996.
The individuals identified as members of Hilzballah Al-Hijaz drove a tanker truck packed with 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) of explosives near the complex and then jumped into waiting vehicles, escaping just before detonation.
The explosion, which was so loud that it was heard some 20 miles (32 km) away, left a crater 85 feet (26 metres) wide and 35 feet (10.6 metres) deep. Nineteen U.S. service members were killed, and some 500 people were injured.
In all, 19 U.S. servicemen and one Saudi were killed and 372 of many nationalities were wounded. Several of the wounded were members of the 920th RQW.
The fallen are:
■ Master Sgt. Michael G. Heiser
■ Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Johnson
■ AIC Justin R. Wood
■ Capt. Christopher J. Adams
■ Capt. Leland T.Haun
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