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American soldier, 21, dies at Kosovo base in Europe

U.S. Soldiers with the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade prepare to be hoisted on a fast-rope line July 18, 2014, during special-purpose insertion and extraction and fast-rope training at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. (DoD photo by Capt. Kevin Sandell, U.S. Army/Released)
January 09, 2018

An American soldier serving with NATO’s Kosovo Forces died Saturday, according to a statement from the U.S. Army.

Spc. Robert Jones, 21, died at the Camp Bondsteel base, in Kosovo, southeastern Europe, on Saturday. The incident is under investigation.

“Spc. Robert Jones was a remarkable Soldier,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Searl, 709th Military Police Battalion Commander. “He volunteered to serve his nation and we mourn his tragic loss. Spc. Jones and his family will always be members of the Warrior Battalion. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

Jones was a military police working dog handler assigned to the 131st Military Working Dog Detachment, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, according to the Army.

Jones joined the Army in August 2015 and was assigned to the 18th Military Police Brigade in April 2016.