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    2nd Marine Logistics Group identifies U.S. Marines killed in tactical vehicle mishap

    2nd Marine Logistics Group identifies U.S. Marines killed in tactical vehicle mishap

    Courtesy Photo | U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan E. Gierke, left, poses for a recruit training...... read more read more

    CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, UNITED STATES

    01.21.2022

    Story by 1st Lt. Kevin Stapleton  

    2nd Marine Logistics Group

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – The U.S. Marine Corps announced today the names of the two U.S. Marines killed January 19, 2022, following a tactical vehicle rollover mishap near the intersection of North Carolina Highway 210 and U.S. Highway 17 near Jacksonville, North Carolina.

    Deceased include:

    • Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jonathan E. Gierke, 19, from Lawrenceville, Georgia. Lance Cpl. Gierke was a landing support specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. He was pronounced dead by a competent medical authority at the scene of the accident on January 19, 2022.

    • Marine Corps Private First Class Zachary W. Riffle, 18, from Kingwood, West Virginia. Pfc. Riffle was a landing support specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. He was pronounced dead by a competent medical authority at the scene of the accident on January 19, 2022.

    “My sincerest heartfelt condolences are extended to the family, friends, and colleagues of the Marines who lost their lives or were injured in Wednesday’s vehicle mishap,” said Brig. Gen. Forrest C. Poole III, commanding general of 2nd Marine Logistics Group. “Our commanders, chaplains, and medical providers are diligently supporting our Marines and Sailors during this time. We deeply appreciate all of the thoughtful community messages we have received over the past several days.”

    Lance Cpl. Gierke entered active duty service in March 2021. His previous duty assignments include: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina; School of Infantry-East in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

    Lance Cpl. Gierke’s military awards include the National Defense and Global War on Terrorism Service Medals. His military schools include Marine Corps Recruit Training; Marine Combat Training; and Basic Landing Support Specialist Course.

    Pfc. Riffle entered active duty service in March 2021. His previous duty assignments include: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina; School of Infantry-East in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

    Pfc. Riffle’s military awards include the National Defense and Global War on Terrorism Service Medals. His military schools include Marine Corps Recruit Training; Marine Combat Training; and Basic Landing Support Specialist Course.

    Two patients remain at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, where they are listed in stable condition. One patient remains at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where they are listed in stable condition.

    All other injured Marines have been discharged from medical care and have returned to their parent commands.

    2nd Marine Logistics Group will continue to support local authorities in the aftermath of this accident. All questions pertaining to the ongoing investigation may be referred to Mr. Jeff Houston, Public Affairs, Office of Strategic Communications, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, via email at ncispublicaffairs@ncis.navy.mil.

    Please follow our official Twitter account @2ndMLG for further updates.

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    Date Taken: 01.21.2022
    Date Posted: 01.21.2022 07:04
    Story ID: 413177
    Location: CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, US 

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