SASEBO NAVAL BASE — Officials evacuated the area immediately surrounding a construction site when heavy-equipment operators digging a trench site unearthed a suspected piece of unexploded ordnance on Wednesday.

“There’s been a military base here for more than 130 years,” said Chuck Howard, a Navy spokesman. “Around here, you don’t have to let many calendar days go by before finding another possible UXO.”

Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal was unavailable to investigate, so the Sasebo Police responded to the scene.

“The best description I’ve heard of the UXO is that it is about the size of a street side fire hydrant.” Howard said.

The UXO was discovered about 11:30 a.m. Police investigated the object for several hours before determining that it was simply a large piece of metal.

Ceremony to honor spousesA ceremony honoring military spouses for their sacrifices will be held Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chamorro village area of Hagatna, about 15 minutes from U.S. Naval Base Guam.

Several guest speakers will be on hand, including Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas Rear Adm. William French; Guam National Guard Maj. Gen. Donald Goldhorn, and 36th Wing Brig. Gen. Douglas Owens.

Acting Guam Gov. Mike Cruz and Sen. Antonio Unpingco also will participate, according to a Navy news release.

AFSC awards $72,000 in scholarship moneySEOUL — The American Forces Spouses’ Club recently awarded $72,000 in scholarships to 40 students, according to a news release.

The students received scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000.

Club president Cynthia Forrester thanked volunteers who work at Chosun Gift Shop, which raises money for the club and its programs.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the educational goals of these talented students,” Forrester stated in the release.

Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, 8th Army commander, distributed the scholarships in a ceremony.

The club focuses on providing a social network for spouses and enhancing the community by raising funds for Korean and U.S. welfare projects and scholarships.

Kunsan airman’s death is called a suicidePYEONGTAEK, South Korea — The death of an airman found Tuesday in his dorm room at Kunsan Air Base was a suicide, officials said.

The Air Force identified him Wednesday as Tech. Sgt. Michael E. Cook, 34, of the 8th Communications Squadron. He was from Des Moines, Iowa, said wing spokesman Capt. James P. Lage.

Local police told Stars and Stripes base officials notified them Tuesday that Cook committed suicide.

“We have ruled out foul play,” Lage said.

A memorial service has been tentatively scheduled for Monday, Lage said.

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