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Retiring US Army General dies while on leave at SC’s Lake Murray

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bannister, former Commander, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), places the 10th Mountain shoulder insignia on Col. Andrew Harris, commander, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), during a re-patching ceremony at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., Oct. 15, 2016. As part of the Army’s associated unit pilot program, the 86th IBCT was paired with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), enabling the units to train together and enhance their readiness prior to deployment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Mattison)
May 30, 2018
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An Army General assigned to Shaw Air Force Base who was on transition leave died Sunday at Lake Murray in South Carolina.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Bannister’s death took place while he was waiting to retire. Transition leave is granted with transition from the Service, including retirement.

Bannister’s death is being investigated, according to a statement from Shaw Air Force Base.

Bannister was waiting on retirement and was currently working as a special projects officer for the Chief of Staff of the Army at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, WLTX News reported.

Bannister served in the Army for 34 years, which included serving in Iraq and an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan.

He commanded the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, from 2015 until May 2017.

Bannister was highly praised for his role in organizing a comprehensive plan for then-President Barack Obama’s proposed drawdown of U.S. troops from 9,800 to 5,500 troops, and multiple base closures by early 2017.

Bannister is survived by his wife, Trese, and their daughter, Lindsey.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Maj. Gen. Bannister’s family. Our top priority is ensuring the family has all the local support and resources they need during this emotionally difficult time,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Garret, the commanding general for U.S. Army Central.

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