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Air Force veteran arrested in bombing of Oklahoma recruiting center

By: The Associated Press
July 12, 2017 Updated: July 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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Benjamin Don Roden. Associated Press photo.

A 28-year-old man facing federal charges in a pipe bomb explosion outside an Air Force recruiting center in Oklahoma had been enlisted in that branch of the military and was decorated for his service.

Oklahoma Air National Guard Capt. Jennifer Proctor said Wednesday that Benjamin Don Roden enlisted for Air Force active duty in April 2012 and joined the state's air national guard in October 2014.

Proctor says Roden was discharged from the air national guard's 138th Fighter Wing in April. He had been a senior airman, whose job involved fire protection.

Proctor says Roden received several decorations, including the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. She says he was deployed with the Air Force, but that she didn't know where.

The bomb exploded Monday night in front of the Air Force recruiting center in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby.

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