The military is investigating the death of Marine Corps Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, who lost his life in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on New Year's Day, according to the Department of Defense
Hess is the first U.S. service member to die in Afghanistan in 2014. The Pentagon did not release details as to how he died.
Hess was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
According to his Facebook page, Hess graduated in 2009 from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan. Kubasaki is a U.S. Department of Defense Dependents School.