U.S. Army reports Maj. Gen. dies while on leave at Lake Murray

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bannister-US Army photo

Release from the US Army

A U.S. Army general officer died Sunday, while on transition leave in Lake Murray.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bannister was assigned to U.S. Army Central at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., working as a special projects officer for the Chief of Staff of the Army as he awaited retirement in the local area. The cause of his death is currently under investigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Maj. Gen. Bannister’s family. Our top priority is ensuring the family has all the local support and resources they need during this emotionally difficult time,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, the commanding general for U.S. Army Central.

Bannister was survived by his wife, Trese, and their daughter, Lindsey. His home of record was Rome, Ga.
Prior to his assignment at USARCENT headquarters, Bannister served as the 10th Mountain Division commander and senior commander at Fort Drum, N.Y., for 27 months until he relinquished command in April 2017. Years earlier, Bannister previously served as the division’s Deputy Commanding General. News of his sudden passing was received with shock and sadness throughout the Fort Drum and local community there.

“Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Bannister was a legendary Soldier and good man who dedicated his life to his family and his country. His wife and daughter are forever a part of the 10th Mountain Division Family, and we are grieving with them during this very difficult time,” said Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, Senior Commander, Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division. “We mourn his loss deeply, and recognize the significance of a life so well lived as a part of our lasting legacy.”

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