A member of the Indiana National Guard has died of a non-combat related illness while serving in Afghanistan.
Governor Mike Pence and Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger reported the death of Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane Sunday afternoon.
Staff Sgt. Lane, of Indianapolis, died on September 13 of a non-combat related illness at Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan, according to a release.
He was 43 years old.
Lane was deployed in January 2013 as a member of the 1438th Transportation Company, stationed in Franklin. He served as a Motor Transport Operator and provided security for convoy operations while in Afghanistan.
In a release sent out Sunday, Governor Pence and Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger released the following statements:
"Karen and I offer our prayers for comfort and strength to the wife and family of Staff Sgt. Randall Lane," stated Pence. "I am grateful for men like Staff Sgt. Lane who sacrifice so that others may enjoy the blessings of liberty and freedom."
"I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Lane, who lost his life while serving his nation," said Umbarger. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones."
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