A memorial service will be held noon Tuesday at the base chapel in Landstuhl, Germany, for a retired airman who became an advocate for retirees and their families in Europe.

Paul Hacker, 70 and a retired chief master sergeant, died Feb. 28 of what medical officials believe was a heart ailment. He was driving his car on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, just before he died.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Heart Association.

‘Dollar Days’ in store

Commissaries throughout Europe will roll out a new promotion campaign later this month that will offer multiple items for a buck.

The stores have dubbed the sales event “Dollar Days.” Products throughout the store will feature dollar pricing much like the popular dollar stores in the United States.

The event runs from March 31 to April 13, said Gerri Young, spokeswoman for the Defense Commissary Agency in Europe. A second Dollar Days event is scheduled for Aug. 11-24.

Commissaries in the United States and Far East also will participate in the promotion.

“Customers might see two-for-a-dollar deals, or even unusual deals such as three items for two dollars,” Patrick B. Nixon, chief executive officer and acting director of the Defense Commissary, said in a press release.

Customers should look for the “Extra Savings” signs in stores to find the Dollar Days bargains.

If the promotion is popular, commissary officials said similar ones could be held in the future.

Credit Union donates to tsunami effort

Service Credit Union recently sent $127,632 to help relief efforts associated with the 2004 tsunami that struck southeast Asia.

The credit union matched the $63,816 donated by its members and non-members between mid-January and Feb. 28. The total was given to AmeriCares, a non-profit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization.

The individual donations were collected at Service Credit Union’s 13 branches in Germany.

“This could not have been made possible without the generosity of our members and the non-members,” said Natasha Blake, senior administrative assistant with the credit union.

USAFE ‘network defenders’ take award

The “network defenders” of U.S. Air Forces in Europe Communications and Information directorate have been recognized as the best in information assurance.

The Pentagon recently honored the directorate for keeping computer and information networks safe and for superior support to the region.

The Department of Defense Information Assurance Award honors commands that provide exceptional support to “integrated information assurance, situational awareness and command and control.” The assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration issues the award.

Also, the USAFE Network Operations and Security Center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, was recognized for integrating alert, warning and response capabilities.

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