Ed Hansen is from Beloit, Wisconsin. He graduated from South Beloit High School and then attended Northern Illinois University. He was drafted into the Army in 1964 and was sent to Alaska to serve at the Nike Missile Site Tare (A Battery A/2/562) outside of Fairbanks. He arrived the same day as Roger Babler. Ed was responsible for the target tracking radars. When their military service ended in February 1966, Babler and Hansen drove back to Wisconsin together. Despite living less than 50 miles apart, they did not see each other again until 2008 when attending a Nike Veterans reunion. After leaving the military, Ed worked for Sundstrad Aerospace, and retired in 1995.