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A soldier with the 72nd Signal Battalion, 7th Signal Brigade died in his barracks room Tuesday night in Mannheim, Germany, an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Officials didn’t release the name of the soldier, but said the soldier was found unconscious around midnight and later pronounced dead by the responding authorities.

Both German and U.S. authorities are investigating the cause of death, said 5th Signal Command spokeswoman LeAnne MacAllister.

The Mannheim-based 72nd Signal Battalion returned earlier this year from a yearlong deployment to the Middle East, but MacAllister could not confirm if the soldier was one of about 300 people deployed with the unit to fight in war on terrorism.

More information would be released after the family was notified, she said.

USAREUR seeks vocal, instrumental talentThe U.S. Army-Europe Soldiers Chorus is looking for musically-inclined troops to audition for a two-year special duty assignment with the band.

The chorus needs male and female vocalists and a keyboard player, guitarist, bass guitarist, drummer and audio technician to entertain at functions throughout Europe and the Middle East, according to a news release.

Only those in the Army with the rank of staff sergeant or below qualify.

For more information, call the audition hotline at DSN 379-5034 or commercial, in Germany, at 6202-80-5034.

U.S., Iraqi troops still providing aid in Tal AfarThousands of pounds of rice, flour and sugar — along with much-needed cooking oil — are among relief supplies that American and Iraqi troops still are providing to victims of the March 27 car bomb attack that occurred in Tal Afar, Iraq.

The bombing, which Iraqi officials say killed more than 150 people, sparked reprisal attacks by Shiite police and militiamen that killed dozens more.

More than 80 homes in the Wahda district of Tal Afar were destroyed in the bomb attacks, officials have said.

Tents, emergency rations and drinking water also are being provided.

American troops at Forward Operating Base Sykes are working mainly with Iraqi troops from the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division to deliver the temporary housing and supplies.

A small tent village has been set up at a soccer field in the city, officials said Wednesday.


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