The U.S. Marine Corps Central Command (MARCENT) office has identified the U.S. Marine killed in a non-combat related incident in the Persian Gulf county of Bahrain on Tuesday.
A Wednesday MARCENT press release identified the U.S. service member who was killed as Marine Sergeant Trevor Goldyn of the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
“U.S. Marine Sergeant Trevor Goldyn assigned to 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade was found dead on Aug. 11, 2020,” the press release stated.
The exact cause of Goldyn’s death is still unknown and the Marine Corps and Naval Criminal Investigative Service are investigating his death.
Goldyn joined the Marine Corps in June of 2016 and was a communications Marine.
Goldyn’s awards included the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.
The Department of Defense is coordinating the return of Sergeant Goldyn to the United States.
Deaths for U.S. service members deployed in Bahrain are fairly rare. Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of the 5th Fleet and the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, was found dead in his Bahrain home in December of 2018 in an apparent suicide.
In April of 2018, U.S. Navy sailor Engineman 2nd Class Austin Williams was killed by a Saudi driver while he was off-duty.
MARCENT serves as the Marine Corps service component for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and is responsible for all Marine Corps forces in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
The 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade is attached to a joint Navy-Marine task force, Naval Amphibious Force, TF 51-5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. The unit is currently deployed at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, located in Bahrain’s capital, Manama. The unit performs crisis response operations and theater security operations within CENTCOM’s area of operations.