5/04/2016

Department of Defense announces 2 non-combat deaths in Bahrain

Earlier today, the Department of Defense identified two United States Navy civilians who died in Bahrain last week. Both were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve which is the military's designation for operations against ISIS/ISIL, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Marcus D. Prince, 22, assigned to U.S.N.S Pecos (T-AO 197), of Norfolk, Virginia, died April 26, 2016, in Juffir, Bahrain, of non-combat related causes. Pecos is a replenishment oileroperated by the Military Sealift Command, supporting United States naval vessels at sea.
There were no further details released by the Department of Defense regarding Prince’s death. Media sources may contact U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs office at 011-973-1785-4562 or navcentpao@me.navy.mil for information regarding previous assignments for this civilian.
In what appears to be an unrelated incident, the Department of Defense announced another American civilian death today, also in Juffir, Bahrain. The deceased was also supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Michael M. Baptiste, 60, of Brooklyn, New York, died April 28, 2016, in Juffir, Bahrain, of non-combat related causes. Baptist was assigned to Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center Detachment Bahrain at Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
The delay in notification on both civilian deaths by the Department of Defense is likely due to notification of next-of-kin. There was no indication that there was foul-play involved in either death.
For more information, including previous assignments for Michael Baptist, media sources may contact Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Public Affairs at 202-781-4123, Washington, D.C. According to Wikipedia, NAVSEA's primary objective is to engineer, build and support the U.S. Navy's fleet of ships and its combat systems. NAVSEA accounts for one quarter of the Navy's entire budget.