The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

1st Sgt. Casey J. Hart, 42, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died Jun. 8, 2021, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, as a result of a non-combat related incident May 9, 2021, at Al-Tanf Garrison, Syria. The incident is under investigation.

Hart was assigned to 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Louisiana Army National Guard, Lafayette, Louisiana.

For more information about 1st Sgt. Casey Hart, members of the media may contact Maj. Noel Collins, Public Affairs Officer, Louisiana National Guard, Pineville, Louisiana at (318) 290-5027 or by email at

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