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Pfc. Andrew McLean died Friday after suffering a medical emergency. McLean, from Fayetteville, N.C., was a part of 3rd Battalion 60th Infantry Regiment. The Army’s next-of-kin notification process is complete.

The unit continues to have six chaplains as well as behavior health professionals assisting trainees and cadre through the healing process.

“The Army and Fort Jackson grieve this loss deeply, but not as sharply as our soldier’s closest friends and family,” said Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our hearts and prayers are with the family members and team mates of the deceased soldier. We are providing every comfort and assistance that we can to all involved,” said Beagle.

The 18-year-old experienced a medical emergency while preparing to do physical training in his battalion area. Fort Jackson medical responders immediately transported the soldier to Providence Hospital.  Providers at the hospital pronounced him dead shortly after 8:30 p.m. Hospital staff reported the death was not heat related.

“Separate investigations are taking place to determine the facts behind the incident and will be provided in time to our soldier’s family, who rightly deserve this information,” Beagle said. “As information becomes available, we will release that information in conjunction with the surviving family’s wishes.

The Army has a tradition of holding a memorial service to help the healing process of those left behind. That information will be announced soon.

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