Active U.S. Air Force Member Dead After Setting Himself on Fire in Protest

February 27, 2024

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Airman Bushnell. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Col. Celina Noyes, commander of the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing said after the death of 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell.

What To Know: Bushnell, a U.S. Air Force Member, passed away after he set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C. on Sunday. During a livestream outside the Embassy he called the Israeli attack on Gaza a genocide and said, “what he was doing was not as extreme as the suffering of the Palestinian people” (NBC News) and that he “will no longer be complicit in genocide” (The AP). He then set himself on fire.

Secret Service members extinguished the flames upon arrival by emergency services.

Bushnell, originally from Massachusetts, was serving in San Antonio, Texas. He began serving in 2020 and worked as a cyber defense operations specialist.

Read More:

U.S. Air Force member who set himself on fire outside Israeli Embassy in D.C. has died (NBC News)

US airman dies after setting himself ablaze outside Israeli Embassy in Israel-Hamas war protest (The Associated Press)

by Sarah Pinkerton, based in Paris