Two Louisiana Guard Soldiers Deployed Overseas Die Days Apart in Non-Combat Incidents

50 U.S. flags surround the memorial at Yuba City Calvary Christian Center.
50 U.S. flags surround the memorial at Yuba City Calvary Christian Center, California, May 31, 2021. (U.S. Air Force/Airman Juliana Londono)

Two deployed Louisiana National Guard soldiers died in unrelated incidents in different countries this week, according to Defense Department officials.

Spc. Joshua Robinson, 22, of Baton Rouge died Thursday at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as a result of a non-combat incident. The Pentagon did not issue details on what led to his death; the incident is under investigation.

Officials with the Louisiana National Guard did not immediately return a request for comment or provide Robinson's career record. He served with 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment within the Louisiana Army National Guard, based in Lake Charles.

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On Tuesday, 1st Sgt. Casey Hart, 42, of Baton Rouge died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, after a non-combat incident at Al-Tanf Garrison, Syria, on May 9.

Hart also served with the 156th Infantry Regiment, but in the 2nd Battalion.

The specifics surrounding Hart's incident are also under investigation, according to a statement from the Pentagon. WAFB 9, a Baton Rouge news outlet, reported that he went into cardiac arrest while running last month.

Hart, a mortarman, enlisted in the Army in July 1997. He joined the Louisiana National Guard in May 2000.

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

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