This afternoon, military officials aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., identified a Marine who died yesterday morning. Lt. Colonel Andrew Reed, 39, collapsed while completing the running portion of a semi-annual physical fitness test on nearby Camp Johnson. The cause of death is under investigation, although an unofficial medical source on base revealed to this Examiner that the Marine officer died of a heart attack.
The incident took place about 7:40 a.m. Friday. Until the investigation is complete, it is not known if heat was a contributing factor in the officer’s death. Physical training sessions are typically held in the mornings to alleviate heat stress.
Lt. Colonel Reed was slated to take over command of Logistics Operations School at Camp Johnson, a satellite camp of Camp Lejeune, where various support specialties train including finance, logistics, administration, and supply.
Commissioned in 1996 after graduating with a Bachelor of Special Studies degree in Secondary Education and Physical Education from Iowa’s Cornell College, Reed became a career logistics officer. Prior to his arrival at Camp Lejeune Reed was at Headquarters Marine Corps in Northern Virginia as Senior Forum Coordinator for the Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources.
A complete account of Lt. Colonel Reed’s professional military education, including his training at Amphibious Warfare School is listed here.
Twice deployed into combat, Reed served in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006.
Among his many decorations are the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars in lieu subsequent awards, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Camp Lejeune Public Affairs did not list marital status or hometown of record for the Lieutenant Colonel. The officer’s family has not disclosed funeral arrangements or plans for a public memorial at this time.
Lt. Colonel Michael J. Monroe, current commanding officer of Logistics Operations School, will remain in place until the Corps installs another commander.