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Mass. Naval reservist based in Africa dies

A Navy reservist from Massachusetts who was stationed at a base in Africa died on Tuesday after suffering a “non-combat related injury,” the Department of Defense said.

In a statement, the Defense Department identified the victim as Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew J. Clement, 38, and said the “incident is under investigation.” He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, in the eastern part of the continent, the military said.

The statement provided no details about Clement’s injury, and a Navy spokeswoman did not respond to a request for further comment. Officials did not say where he lived.


Clement was assigned to Navy Reserve Unit Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Navy Operational Support Center in Quincy, before being deployed to Djibouti, the Defense Department said. It was not clear when he had arrived in Africa.

Phone numbers for Clement’s family could not be located. The Defense Department did not say whether he was survived by a spouse or children.

Elected officials in Massachusetts lamented the news on Wednesday.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Clement and our thoughts and prayers remain with his family and their loved ones during this very difficult time,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement.

His comments were echoed by US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, a South Boston Democrat.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Petty Officer Andrew Jerod Clement USN, in the service of our nation,” Lynch said in a statement. “While we await further details from Camp Lemonnier, our hearts and prayers go out to Andrew and his family during this extremely difficult time.”

State Representative Jerald A. Parisella, House chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, also reacted to the news.

“I am sorry to learn about Petty Officer Clement’s passing,” Parisella wrote in an e-mail. “My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. There are service members from Massachusetts serving all over the globe and whenever we lose one, it reminds us of the service and sacrifice they and their families make every day.”


Camp Lemonnier supports approximately 4,000 US, joint, and allied forces, as well as civilian personnel and defense contractors, according to its website.

The camp “provides, operates and sustains superior service in support of combat readiness and security of ships, aircraft, detachments and personnel for regional and combatant command requirements; and enables operations in the Horn of Africa while fostering positive US-African Nation relations,” the website says.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.