Briefly: DOD identifies sailor killed in Bahrain crash
The sailor killed in a car wreck last weekend in Manama, Bahrain, has been identified as Petty Officer 3rd Class Roger Alan Napper, Jr., 30, a master-at-arms with Mobile Security Squadron Three Detachment Bahrain.
Napper died at the scene of the 1:25 a.m. single-vehicle accident Oct. 7 on the Al Fatih highway. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials said Thursday a sailor who was a passenger in the car is still recovering from injuries sustained in the crash.
Napper is from Greensburg, Pa. A memorial service is planned for Monday at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Force-protection drill could slow base entryGRAFENWÖHR, Germany — People at Vilseck, Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels could experience delays entering the bases to visit the commissary and post exchange Saturday because of a force-protection exercise, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr public affairs officer Nick D’Amario said Thursday.
Charging Boar 2006 is a U.S. Army Europe-mandated exercise designed to test the garrison’s ability to deal with scenarios such as a terrorist attack, chemical spill, fire or other major incident, “anything that would require the installation to use its responders and possibly require host-nation support,” he said.
The exercise will involve German police, firefighters and medical personnel. Because the scenario for the exercise is a secret, it is not clear which installations will be affected, although officials expect action to be concentrated at Vilseck, D’Amario said.
Gricignano food court opensNAPLES, Italy — After years of delays, the Food Court opens for business Saturday at the U.S. Navy support site housing complex at Gricignano. The dining area will feature three popular eateries: Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken and A&W Root Beer.
Saturday’s kickoff will be a “soft opening,” meaning it’ll be open for business but with no fanfare, such as a ribbon-cutting, prize giveaways or contests, base officials said.
The Food Court opening is among several anticipated quality-of-life features residents here have longed for. The oft-delayed Navy Exchange and commissary complex opened in May 2005 after a nearly four-year delay, held up by union problems and Roman ruins found in the site.
The Food Court is near the movie theater end of the complex, which opens at 10 a.m.