Marine Lt. Col. Andrew P. Reed, who was due to assume command of Logistics Operations School at Camp Johnson Monday, passed away suddenly there early yesterday morning after collapsing during the run portion of a semiannual physical fitness test. ()
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The incoming commander for the Marine Corps’ Logistics Operations School in North Carolina died early Friday while taking the Physical Fitness Test.
Lt. Col. Andrew P. Reed, 39, collapsed and died aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune during the 3-mile running portion of the test. The cause of death remains under investigation, according to a Marine press release.
The Logistics school’s current commander, Lt. Col. Michael J. Monroe, will continue in his current duties for the time being.
Reed, a career logistics officer, deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 and to Iraq in 2005 and 2006 as the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s assistant logistics officer. Prior to his recent transfer to North Carolina, he served at the Pentagon as the Senior Forum Coordinator for the Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, Lt. Gen. Glenn Walters.
Reed’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four stars and a Combat Action Ribbon.
The PFT is a semiannual test conducted January through June that also requires Marines to conduct pullups and crunches. It was complemented with the introduction of the Combat Fitness Test in 2008, which focuses on functional fitness tied to tasks Marines are likely to encounter in combat. That includes running in boots and utilities uniforms, dragging a simulated casualty and lifting ammo cans, among other events. It is conducted from July through December.