Update: The Marine Corps said in a statement Saturday Gunnery Sgt. Eugene Jones was found unresponsive in his barracks room at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Camp Pendleton.
Jones is from Montgomery, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife and three children. Headquarters Company Commander 1st Lt. Nicklas Anthony says Jones was an integral part of the Installation Personnel Administration Center and the Headquarters Battalion team at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
A Hawaii-based Marine was pronounced dead Wednesday morning after he was found unresponsive around 8 a.m. in his barracks while attending an enlisted professional military education academy in California, says a report from Marine Corps Times.
As customary, the name of the Marine will be withheld until 24 hours after the family has been notified.
The death of the Marine, who was assigned to Headquarters Battalion out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, is being investigated by the Corps. The Marine was temporarily assigned to Camp Pendleton, California and on Monday, he checked into the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy to attend the Advanced Career Course.
The course the Marine was scheduled to complete is usually for gunnery sergeants or staff sergeants who’ve been selected for promotion to gunny.
No additional details were immediately available about the Marine’s death, but the Corps released a statement regarding it.
“Marine Corps Base Hawaii is saddened by the loss of one of its Marines, and condolences go out to family and loved ones,” the release states.