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Marine major dies after collapsing during training run

A Marine supply officer died last week this month after collapsing during unit training in Germany.

Maj. Ryan Hansen, 41, a sustainment division head at Marine Corps Forces Europe, was pronounced dead at Sindelfingen hospital near Boeblingen on Nov. 7, Marine officials said. He had been completing a physical training run. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa is based in Stuttgart.

The cause of Hansen's death remains under investigation, said Capt. Richard Ulsh, a spokesman for MARFORAF. The command has not yet received an autopsy report, he said.

Hansen, from Orange Country, California, enlisted in 1991 and was commissioned as at an officer in 1997, Ulsh said. He deployed twice to Iraq and once to Liberia in support of Operation Onward Liberty, a Defense Department mentoring and advisory initiative. His awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals and the Navy and Marine Corps aAchievement Medal, Ulsh said.

Hansen's family has not made any public announcements regarding memorial services.

Tragic Marine deaths during PT are rare, but they are reported on average a few times a year, particularly in warm climates.

Most recently, the incoming commander for the Marine Corps' Logistics Operations School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Lt. Col. Andrew Reed, collapsed and died during the three-mile run portion of the Marines' annual Physical Fitness Test. The cause of Reed's death has not been reported.

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