Army military police working dog handler dies while on a mission in Kosovo

Army Specialist Robert Jones. (Facebook)

A U.S. Army soldier has died while serving on a NATO mission in Kosovo.

Army Specialist Robert W. Jones, 21, was a military police working dog handler assigned to the 131st Military Working Dog Detachment, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade.

A US Army Europe Public Affairs press release did not say how he died but confirmed he died at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, on Saturday.

Spc. Robert Jones was a remarkable Soldier,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Searl, 709th Military Police Battalion commander. “He volunteered to serve his nation and we mourn his tragic loss. Spc. Jones and his family will always be members of the Warrior Battalion. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

Jones,  originally from Arizona,  joined the Army in August 2015 and attended Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, followed by Advanced Individual Training at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas. He was assigned to the 18th Military Police Brigade in April 2016.

Jones’ awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (Kosovo) and German Marksmanship Badge.

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