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STUTTGART, Germany — A Special Forces soldier who was facing eight charges including being absent without leave has been given an administrative discharge.

Sgt. 1st Class Philip J. Perez of 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group had requested the discharge instead of facing an Aug. 6 court-martial, according to a statement by the 21st Theater Support Command. The request was granted by Brig. Gen. Scott G. West of 21st TSC, the case’s convening authority.

Perez had been charged with one count of being absent without leave, three counts of willfully disobeying a superior officer, one count of dereliction of duty, two counts of adultery and one count of wrongful neglect of children.

Lieutenant’s memorial changed to MondayThe date and time of a memorial service has been changed for a Vicenza, Italy-based soldier from the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment who was killed Aug. 1 in Afghanistan.

The ceremony to honor 1st Lt. Benjamin Hall will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the base chapel at Caserma Ederle.

AAFES gas prices drop again in Germany, U.K.Gas prices will drop for the third week in a row at Army and Air Force Exchange Service stations in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Prices in the Netherlands, however, will rise.

U.S. gasoline prices have tumbled about 21 cents in the past three weeks, a drop AAFES will match in Germany and the U.K. when its new prices go into effect Saturday morning.

Prices in the Netherlands continue to be subject to “floor pricing” according to an AAFES new release. That means the exchange will sell fuel at the cost it pays to purchase and distribute it.

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