A member of the Indiana National guard has died while serving in Afghanistan. Military officials say Staff Sergeant Randall Lane of Indianapolis died of a non-combat related illness at Camp Phoenix on Friday.
“Karen and I offer our prayers for comfort and strength to the wife and family of Staff Sgt. Randall Lane,” Governor Mike Pence said in a statement. “I am grateful for men like Staff Sgt. Lane who sacrifice so that others may enjoy the blessings of liberty and freedom.”
Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Martin Umbarger also offered his condolences.
“I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Lane, who lost his life while serving his nation,” Umbarger said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”
Funeral services for the 43-year-old are pending.
WFIU/WTIU News contributed to this report.