A Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) soldier who served as an Operations Officer at I Corps, in Washington state, has died of complications caused by the coronavirus, according to a press release and news reports.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Lt. Col. Scott Flanders’s family,” said Brig. Gen. William A. Ryan, special assistant to the deputy commanding general at I Corps. “Our priority is to take care of his family, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this difficult time.”
Flanders was 56 years of age and was from Boston, Massachusetts. He passed away on Aug. 2 in San Antonio, Texas, at Brooke Army Medical Center, where he was reportedly being treated, according to the official JBLM press release. It is unclear why he wasn’t being treated at Madigan Army Hospital at JBLM.
Flanders, who deployed twice to Afghanistan during his more than two-decades in the service, is the fourth active-duty and highest-ranking soldier to die from the coronavirus, Military.com first reported. Twenty-nine uniformed military personnel have died from COVID-19.
Flanders received his ROTC commission as an air defense artillery officer in May 1994 through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, according to the Army.
Throughout his military career, Flanders served in the Navy and Army, earning honors including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Command Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Joint Base Lewis-McCord announced new I Corps Blue Hash with updated COVID-19 information and regulations in an effort to protect soldiers from COVID-19.