A 44-year-old National Guard member had a fatal medical emergency during his Army Combat fitness test, officials said.
National Guard Staff Sgt.Robert Jason Belue of Iuka, Miss., Died Thursday at the 154th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Hattiesburg, according to a Facebook statement from the 1st Squadron 98th Cavalry Regiment.
“Employee Sgt. Belue was attending the Maneuver Senior Leaders Course, Phase I, as part of his military professional training and career advancement when he experienced a medical emergency during a physical fitness testing event,” said the Mississippi Army National Guard.
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“Please pray for the friends and family of Staff Sgt. Robert Jason Belue of Iuka,” Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said on Facebook. “He served with honor and dignity – including two assignments at the 155th – for 24 years. Elee and I are grateful for his service to our state and our nation! May God bless America! ”
Belue became the Charlie Troop, 1-98. Assigned to Cavalry Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team.
“Employee Sgt. Belue has served our state and country with exceptional honor and integrity and has received multiple awards and accolades in his 24 years of service,” the statement said. These awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
During his tenure, Belue served on three missions related to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009, and Operation Spartan Shield 2018-2019.
“The Mississippi National Guard soldiers and Airmen honor the legacy of Staff Sgt. Belue and his contributions to our state and our nation,” officials said. “Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and fellow campaigners.”