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Corps IDs Marine who died at Mojave Viper

Feb. 27, 2012 - 06:47PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 27, 2012 - 06:47PM  |  
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The Marine Corps has identified the Marine who died this weekend during desert pre-deployment training in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Jonathan S. Long, of Barboursville, W.Va., collapsed Saturday night during some downtime following a daylong training course in improvised explosive detection methods, Marine officials said in a news release. His unit, 8th Engineer Support Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., was at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms for Enhanced Mojave Viper exercises.

After he collapsed, Long was flown from the base to Desert Regional Medical Center in nearby Palm Springs, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

"The cause of death is still under investigation, but it does not appear to have been training related," Marine officials said.

Long, who enlisted in 2010, was a bulk fuel specialist. He completed a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan last year.

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