Briefs: DOD civilian's wife found dead at home
SEOUL — The wife of a Defense Department civilian was found dead in her apartment at Camp Carroll on Wednesday, South Korean police confirmed Monday.
U.S. officials identified the woman as Vivienne Fosburgh.
She was discovered by her husband in their apartment around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, said detective Park Chun-sik of the Suseong police station in Daegu.
Park said police do not suspect foul play. Preliminary autopsy reports indicated that Fosburgh, born in 1962, died suddenly.
In his statement to police, Fosburgh’s husband said that after “returning from work, I found my wife lying dead at the kitchen table with her head fallen backward.”
A Mass is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Camp Walker’s Soldier Memorial Chapel, Building 260. Immediately after the Mass a reception is to be held at the chapel fellowship hall.
Province offers Korean language, culture classesPYEONGTAEK, South Korea — U.S. troops new to Pyeongtaek will have a chance to jump-start their grasp of useful Korean phrases and customs in special classes offered by Gyeonggi province officials and a local university, officials confirmed Monday.
The free weekly classes will begin in April on the Pyeongtaek University campus, said Cho Mi-jeong, an official with the Pyeongtaek development support team.
Cho said Monday the goal is to ease “the culture shock” for U.S. troops arriving at Camp Humphreys and Osan Air Base. People already in country also may apply to take part.
Participants will attend a three-day class from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Cho said.
Classes will focus on language instruction but also will include teaching about South Korea’s economy, politics, society, customs, manners and other timely topics.
Anyone interested in taking a class should contact their military chain of command.
Willard nominated to be Pacific Fleet commanderNavy Adm. Robert F. Willard has been nominated to become the new commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Defense Department announced Monday.
In previous assignments, Willard has served as deputy commander of Pacific Fleet and commander of 7th Fleet, headquartered on the USS Blue Ridge, based in Yokosuka, Japan.
Willard is currently serving as vice chief of naval operations in Washington, a Defense Department news release says.
As an F-14 aviator, Willard has served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Kitty Hawk, USS Constellation and USS Ranger, according to the Navy. He later commanded the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli and the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in support of operations in Somalia and the Persian Gulf.
Since becoming a flag officer, Willard has served as commander of Carrier Group Five, the Kitty Hawk’s strike group.
Willard would replace Adm. Gary Roughead, who has been nominated to become head of Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.
The Los Angeles native graduated the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973.
Free Zumba classes coming to YokosukaYOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Instructors of Zumba, one of the latest stateside fitness crazes, will stop at Yokosuka Naval Base this week to get sailors and civilians shaking their booties.
Zumba (pronounced “zoom-bah”) touts itself as a “get happy” workout that combines Latin dance moves, aerobics, fitness intervals and resistance training set to Latin rhythms.
Zumba instructors are offering two free classes at Yokosuka. A class open only to active-duty military will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Fleet Recreation Center. A class open to anyone will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Purdy Fitness Center.
“This is the first and only stop Zumba will make in Japan,” said Fitness Programs Coordinator Debbie Deutsch. The program is working on a global expansion effort in the region and scheduled the free classes “in a show of support for the troops,” Deutsch said.
Those wanting to teach Zumba can take an on-base instructor training course Friday and Saturday. For more information, contact Deutsch at DSN 241-4486.