Oregon National Guard soldier dies in Kosovo

The solider died as the result of a non-combat related incident.

Posted: Jul 7, 2020 4:44 AM
Updated: Jul 7, 2020 10:44 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Oregon National Guard has announced the death of Pfc. Alexander Blake Klass from Willamina. 

Klass, 20, died as a result of a non-combat related incident on July 4, at Camp Novo Selo in Kosovo, the Oregon National Guard said. 

The incident is under investigation. 

Klass was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard, in Springfield. 

Klass joined the Oregon Army National Guard in January 2019 as an Infantryman. He mobilized in January 2020 and was scheduled to return home from Kosovo in November.

“This is a tragic situation and our primary focus is supporting the family during this difficult time," said Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV, Land Component Commander, Oregon Army National Guard.

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