U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel 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 semi-annual physical fitness test. The cause of death is still under investigation.
Lt. Col. Reed, 39, received his commission in 1996 after graduating with a Bachelor of Special Studies degree in Secondary Education and Physical Education from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA. A career logistics officer, Lt. Col. Reed served in combat operations during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2006 as an assistant logistics officer with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Prior to his recent arrival at Camp Lejeune, he was the Senior Forum Coordinator at Headquarters Marine Corps for the Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources between 2012 and May 2014.
Lt. Col. Reed’s military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars in lieu of subsequent awards, and the Combat Action Ribbon. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lt. Col. Reed’s family during this difficult time.
For the near term, the current commanding officer of Logistics Operations School, Lt. Col. Michael J. Monroe will remain in command.