Sailor's Death in Djibouti under Investigation

A building on Camp Lemonnier (Photo: Kairosguy/Wikimedia Commons)
A building on Camp Lemonnier (Photo: Kairosguy/Wikimedia Commons)

A sailor who was supporting forward Navy operations in Africa has died of a non-combat related injury, the Defense Department announced today.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Jerod Clement, 38, of Massachusetts, died June 21 while deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, according to the announcement.

The incident is under investigation by the military.

According to officials, Clement was an air traffic controller attached to Navy Reserve Unit Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC), Quincy, Massachusetts, forward deployed to Camp Lemonnier. He was in mobilized Navy reserve status.

He had reported to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa on May 20, according to information provided by Navy Personnel Command.

Clement enlisted Jan. 28, 1997, and had served aboard the aircraft carriers Nimitz and Harry S. Truman earlier in his career. His awards include the Good Conduct Medal and the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, which he had received twice.

-- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at@HopeSeck.

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