A 29-year-old Navy officer died on Sunday while taking part in a training exercise at a military base in Hawaii, according to the U.S. military.
Lt. j.g. Aaron Fowler became “unresponsive” while participating in training at the Marine Corps base located in Kaneohe Bay.
He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement from the U.S. Navy on Wednesday.
The incident is currently under investigation by NCIS and local authorities.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Aaron’s family and friends, and we join them in remembering and mourning this brave warrior,” said Rear Adm. Joseph Diguardo, Jr., commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. “His decision to join this elite special operations community was a testament to the dedicated and selfless character he embodied and his legacy will endure in our ranks through those he inspired by his service.”
Fowler, who entered the service in 2012 and commissioned after graduating from the Naval Academy in May 2018, reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One in January 2022.
Counseling is available to teammates through chains of command, command chaplains and Fleet and Family Support Center.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One, based in San Diego, supports the fleet and joint force by clearing explosive hazards to provide access to denied areas, securing the undersea domain for freedom of maneuver, building and fostering relationships with capable and trusted partners, and protecting the homeland.
Another healthy, uninjured 29 year old just dying in middle of training https://t.co/KkYLnWuonq
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) April 21, 2022
"Our deepest sympathies go out to Aaron’s family and friends, and we join them in remembering and mourning this brave warrior,” said Rear Adm. Joseph Diguardo, Jr., commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.https://t.co/L15BGLLHRA
— U.S. Fleet Forces (@USFleetForces) April 20, 2022
In related news, three sailors from the USS George Washington Aircraft carrier were found dead in under one week.
These incidents remain under investigation.