Italy-based soldiers involved in off-base incidents
VICENZA, Italy —
Seven members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team were involved in three incidents late Sunday or early Monday — none of them in Vicenza, which hosted a huge anti-military demonstration on Saturday.
All the incidents are under investigation by Italian and American authorities, according to Maj. Ryan Dillon, public affairs officer for the Southern European Task Force (Airborne). Dillon said he didn’t believe that recent tensions over the Dal Molin airfield directly contributed to the incidents.
“Nothing that I have seen has led me to believe that,” he said.
According to a release issued by the brigade, the most serious incident involved a soldier who was involved in an altercation Sunday in Florence that ended with his head hitting the pavement. He was diagnosed with a skull fracture and underwent surgery at the San Bortolo Hospital in Vicenza to relieve pressure on his brain. He was listed in stable condition in the intensive care section of the hospital Thursday, the release stated.
Three soldiers were detained by police in Venice on Sunday evening, with one being charged with destruction of public property after allegedly breaking a window on a train.
Several hours later, three soldiers were involved in another incident at the train station in Padova. Two were traveling with their families, including children. Two soldiers were treated for minor injuries at San Bortolo and released, the release stated.
None of the soldiers involved or their specific units were identified.