Army General on Leave in South Carolina Dies of Natural Causes

Then-Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bannister addresses soldiers, friends and family members during a Mountain Salute Farewell ceremony held in his honor at Fort Drum in 2011. (U.S. Army photo/Steve Ghiringhelli)
Then-Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bannister addresses soldiers, friends and family members during a Mountain Salute Farewell ceremony held in his honor at Fort Drum in 2011. (U.S. Army photo/Steve Ghiringhelli)

LAKE MURRAY, S.C. — A U.S. Army general on leave in South Carolina has died.

Authorities say 57-year-old Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Bannister was on transition leave in Lake Murray when he died Sunday.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said Bannister died from natural causes. Her news release didn't give additional details.

A news release from Shaw Air Force Base, where Bannister was assigned, says the 34-year U.S. Army veteran was awaiting retirement as he worked as a special projects officer for the Chief of Staff of the Army.

He previously served as the 10th Mountain Division Commander, and was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan. He relinquished command of the New York-based division in April 2017.

10th Mountain Division Commander Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt called Bannister "a legendary solider and a good man."

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