West Grad Becomes Colonel (Kent Hansen - Class of 1981)
Posted on 10/25/2016
Wausau Daily Herald
10/25/2016 - Page A03
West grad becomes colonel
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ATLANTA - Wausau native Kent Hansen has been promoted to the rank of colonel with the United States Air Force Reserve Command. He was honored in a Sept. 30 pinning ceremony in Atlanta. After graduating from Wausau West High School in 1981, the son of David Hansen and stepson of Donna Hansen enlisted in the Air Force in 1983.
He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1992, first lieutenant in 1994, captain in 1998 and major in 2003. He waspromoted to lieutenant colonel in 2007. In 2010, he was deployed to Iraq and served as the commander of security forces at KirkukAir Base.
His father, David Hansen, said it is "very rare to move up through ranks to colonel" and "quite an accomplishment."
Kent Hansen currently is serving as Mission Support Group Commander at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah.