A sign at the main gate to the Camp Lejeune Marine Base outside Jacksonville, N.C.

A sign at the main gate to the Camp Lejeune Marine Base outside Jacksonville, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps)

A Camp Lejeune Marine died Thursday during a training exercise near the North Carolina base, Marine Corps officials said Friday.

The Marine was a member of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and was participating in a nighttime training exercise in Carteret County, just east of Camp Lejeune in coastal North Carolina, according to the II Marine Expeditionary Force. The Marine’s name was not released Friday, pending the Defense Department’s next-of-kin notification process, service officials said.

The deadly incident was under investigation Friday, and Marine officials declined to provide any further details about it.

The 24th MEU is a unit built of Marine Corps air, ground and logistics forces that can deploy around the globe aboard Navy ships. The unit is part of Camp Lejeune’s II MEF.

Marines from the 24th MEU have spent recent days training with the Navy’s Wasp Amphibious Ready Group in the western Atlantic Ocean, including off North Carolina’s coast, according to recent Marine and Navy social media posts.

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Corey Dickstein covers the military in the U.S. southeast. He joined the Stars and Stripes staff in 2015 and covered the Pentagon for more than five years. He previously covered the military for the Savannah Morning News in Georgia. Dickstein holds a journalism degree from Georgia College & State University and has been recognized with several national and regional awards for his reporting and photography. He is based in Atlanta.

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