Kansas airport bomb suspect was awarded National Defense medal

01/27/2014 1:14 PM

01/27/2014 1:14 PM

A Kansas man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport is a former Marine who was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

The Associated Press obtained the military records of avionics technician Terry L. Loewen through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Loewen was arrested Dec. 13, accused of trying to drive a van carrying what he thought was a bomb onto the tarmac at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Charges include attempted material support to al-Qaida.

The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable military service during a designated combat time. Loewen's military service briefly spanned the Vietnam War period.

Loewen was on active duty for training in 1974. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1973 to 1982, reaching the rank of sergeant.

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