A National Guardsman died Monday afternoon after he collapsed during a morning group run at Fort Jackson.

Second Lt. Pascal Buma, 38, was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard and a Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course student.

“It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of one of our own,“ USA-IRL Commandant, Chaplain (COL) Louis DelTufo said in a statement.

“We ask for your prayers for the Family, fellow students and our staff here at the Institute,” he added.

Buma was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

“Second Lt. Pascal Buma, a 38-year-old second lieutenant at Fort Jackson, S.C., was participating in a group run Monday as part of the chaplain officer basic training course when he collapsed and later died at a local hospital,” Stars and Stripes wrote.

Stars and Stripes reports:

During a group run at about 6:44 a.m., Buma fell back and passed out. He was breathing and had a pulse when on-site personnel with the training course called for emergency medical services, according to the readiness center.

When medical personnel arrived, they connected a heart monitor and performed CPR. Buma was taken to The Medical University of South Carolina, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

This is the third death of a soldier since Oct. 1 that has occurred during on-duty sports, recreation and physical training, according to the readiness center. Since 2019, the average of such deaths has been one soldier a year.


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