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A service member died Tuesday in a noncombat-related incident while participating in a training exercise in the United Arab Emirates, Marine Corps Forces Central Command announced Wednesday.

The incident, which occurred during an exercise called Native Fury 20, is under investigation, according to the news release. The service member’s name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

Native Fury 20 began Sunday and includes thousands of U.S. troops as well as UAE forces. The live-fire and maneuver training exercise, which demonstrates the ability to respond to contingencies, natural disasters and other possible crises in the region, has taken place every other year since 2008. This was the seventh iteration.

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Rose L. Thayer is based in Austin, Texas, and she has been covering the western region of the continental U.S. for Stars and Stripes since 2018. Before that she was a reporter for Killeen Daily Herald and a freelance journalist for publications including The Alcalde, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman. She is the spouse of an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Her awards include a 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Washington Dateline Award and an Honorable Mention from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her coverage of crime at Fort Hood.
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