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Red 7 support soldier dies while on leave in Maine

EGLIN AFB — A support soldier assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) died Sunday while on leave in South Portland, Maine, the 7th Group has announced. The cause of his death is under investigation.

Army Spc. Jason Frank, 27, a food service specialist with the 7th Group’s Support Battalion, was found unresponsive Sunday morning and died later that day at a local hospital.

A native of South Portland, Frank joined the Army in 2008. He was assigned to the 7th Group the following year, according to a news release from the 7th Group.

He deployed to Afghanistan from September 2012 to April 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Spc. Frank was a soldier whose personality easily endeared him to many people,” his battalion commander, Lt. Col. Dennis Levesque, said in a statement issued Wednesday. “He has a way about him that made you like him instantly.”

Frank is survived by his wife, Melinda, and his daughters Payton and Hailee, also of South Portland.

Levesque said Frank loved serving with the Special Forces community.

“He showed that everyday,” he said. “Jason will truly be missed by us all.”

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