Britton Halbert poses for a photo in September 2015 while serving as an Airman 1st Class with the 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (Valérie Monroy / US Air Force)
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – A 26-year-old airman was shot and killed Friday afternoon while riding his motorcycle just outside Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, where he was stationed.
Senior Airman Britton Lee Halbert, a native of Texas assigned to the 735th Air Mobility Squadron, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement released Monday by the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing, which oversees the squadron.
Halbert was heading south around 1:30 p.m. on Elliott Street on the eastern border of the Joint Base, according to a press release from the Honolulu Police Department.
He lost control of his Harley-Davidson and veered into the northbound lane, where a truck struck him, police said.
A 29-year-old man driving the truck was not injured, police said, who did not identify the driver or the make and model of the truck.
Police are investigating why Halbert lost control of the motorcycle.
“It appears that speed, on behalf of the motorcyclist, may be a contributing factor in this collision,” police said in the statement.
Alcohol and drug tests on the airman are underway, police said.
Halbert was previously with the 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
“Senior Airman Britton Halbert was a staunch member of our squadron, and we feel his loss very much,” Lt. Col. Andrew Gordon, commanding officer of the 735th, said in the statement. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends, wingers and all who took care of him.”