CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The soldier who died Friday after physical fitness training at Camp Humphreys in South Korea was identified by the Army on Tuesday as a married father of six.
Spc. Kris P. Jones, 42, a native of Verona, Va., collapsed during a “moderately paced, esprit-building, two-mile battalion run,” Lt. Col. Erik G. Rude, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, said in a news release.
The death remains under investigation.
Jones was taken to the U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys Troop Medical Clinic, where he was pronounced dead after attempts to revive him failed.
He served as a truck driver with the regiment’s E Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade. Before joining the Army, Jones served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“He was always motivated; no matter how tough the circumstances were, he always kept a positive attitude,” Pvt. Heiny Martinez, who served with Jones, was quoted as saying in the release.
Second Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker called the death “a heartbreaking loss for Spc. Jones’ family, friends and fellow soldiers.”