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European edition, Thursday, August 23, 2007

Three soldiers face disciplinary action in connection with the Aug. 9 vandalism of the community mailroom on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany.

The soldiers, whose names were not made available Wednesday, are accused of breaking open dozens of mailboxes and overturning trash receptacles at the mailroom. The vandalism was discovered that morning as employees arrived for work.

Access to the mailboxes is available around the clock. The mailroom’s service desk is open and staffed during the workday.

The garrison’s emergency services directorate and the installation’s Army Criminal Investigation Command branch office conducted the investigation, according to a statement by the installation’s public affairs office.

The statement did not indicate to which unit the soldiers were assigned. It said that they would face disciplinary procedures as decided by their chain of command.

After the vandalism was discovered, the post office was closed and investigators and military police secured the building and looked for evidence.

About 50 to 70 mailboxes were damaged, according to Brett Brandon, special agent in charge at the investigation command.

At the time, Brandon said he did not know if any mail or other property had been stolen. Brandon was unavailable for comment on Wednesday, as was the Bamberg garrison commander, Lt. Col. Gary Rosenberg.

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