Daniel Hansen

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Staff Sgt. Daniel Louis Hansen, 24, died Feb. 14, 2009, in Farah province, Afghanistan.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Chapel One, 7137 Fighter Drive, Elmendorf Air Force Base.
Daniel was the first born of a set of identical twins on Aug. 20, 1984, in Walnut Creek, Calif. Daniel graduated June of 2002 from Merrill F. West High School in Tracy, Calif., where he was an avid athlete competing in wrestling, cross country, track and field and football. Still 17, Daniel left his family in August and reported to MCRD San Diego as a recruit. While at boot camp, he earned a meritorious promotion upon graduation in November 2002. In February 2003, Pfc. Hansen graduated the School of Infantry and was selected to attend Marine Corps Security Forces Training Company, Norfolk, Va. During this time, Pfc. Hansen was screened for the Yankee White Presidential Detail program. Upon graduation in April 2003, he was meritoriously promoted to Lance Cpl. and received orders to Marine Barracks, 8th & I. Lance Cpl. Hansen received advanced security training and assisted in providing security for the United Nations General Assembly. In May 2004, he was assigned to Camp David Presidential Retreat. While at Camp David, Lance Cpl. Hansen worked closely with the Secret Service Agency and provided security for heads of state and the president of the United States.
In July 2005, Cpl. Hansen received orders to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Upon checking in to 1st Marine Division, Cpl. Hansen was hand-selected and placed in charge of the personal security detail for Maj. Gen. Richard Natonski. Due to Cpl. Hansen's extraordinary performance, he was assigned temporary additional duty to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force as the personal security officer for Maj. Gen. Richard Zilmer.
In February 2006, Cpl. Hansen deployed to Camp Fellujah, Iraq, where he carried out the billet of commanding general's security officer as well as being the VIP security coordinator for all VIP movements. Hansen was promoted to sergeant in March 2006 while deployed. Shortly after his return to the states in February 2007, Sgt. Hansen received orders for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School at Eglin AFB, Fla.
In January 2008, Sgt. Hansen graduated EOD School and was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS)-171, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. While stationed at MWSS-171, he participated in exercises such as Southern Frontier 2008, Pitch Black 2008 and other events within the EOD community. His dedication and great attention to detail in the performance of his duties led him to be hand selected as an individual augment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
On Feb. 14, 2009, Sgt. Hansen was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Hansen's personal decorations include: the Purple Heart, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a gold star and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with bronze star. He has received the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon.
Staff Sgt. Daniel L. Hansen, U.S. Marine Corps, was a high spirited man. He dedicated himself completely to everything he did. He enjoyed mixed martial arts, grappling, sparring, sky diving, hiking, camping, snorkeling, diving, white-water rafting, cycling and working out. He also enjoyed quality time with his family, writing stories with his twin brother and watching anime. Daniel took the greatest pride in all that he did and held himself to the highest standards. He wouldn't hesitate to help anyone in a heartbeat for any reason, without requiring compensation.
Daniel is survived by his parents, Delbert (Sheryll) Hansen; twin brother, Matthew (Stefanie) Hansen; sister, KatieAnne Hansen; half sister, Trena Hansen; grandmother, Ila Ferreira and step-grandfather, Bob Moses; fiance, Emily Campbell; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to charities supporting our troops and disabled veterans. The family will be using the following charity: The EOD Memorial Fund at www.eodmemorial.org.
To view an online obituary and condolences, visit www.alaskanfuneralhomes.net. Arrangements are with Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2009
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