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DOD: Louisiana soldier dies as result of non-combat related incident in Syria

Gov. Edwards releases statement
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Posted at 8:58 AM, Jun 10, 2021

The Department of Defense announced Thursday, June 10, the death of a Louisiana soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Department says that 1st Sgt. Casey J. Hart, 42, of Baton Rouge died Tuesday, June 8, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Hart died as a result of a non-combat related incident on May 9, 2021, at Al-Tanf Garrison in Syria.

The incident, the department says, is under investigation.

Hart was assigned to 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Louisiana Army National Guard in Lafayette, Louisiana.

On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the death of First Sergeant Casey J. Hart.

“First Sergeant Casey J. Hart valiantly and proudly served the citizens of our state and nation, and we are deeply saddened to hear of his passing,” said Gov. Edwards. “A senior member of the 2nd Battalion, he grew as a strong leader over the past two decades. A true American hero, he selflessly served his community here and during his assignments abroad. Deeply committed to his family and unit, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Please join me and Donna in praying for his wife, daughter, family, colleagues and friends.”

Hart was a 14-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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