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A U.S. sailor serving in Bahrain has been hospitalized with serious head injuries after falling from the second floor of an apartment building in Juffair, according to a report in the Gulf Daily News.

The newspaper identified the sailor as Michael William Dodson, 23, and said he was taken to Salmaniya Medical Complex.

Millie Slamin, a spokeswoman for Naval Support Activity Bahrain, said Tuesday that information such as the sailor’s rank and his job in Bahrain has not been cleared for public release. His medical status is not releasable by the Navy because it is covered by the privacy act, she said.

The Riviera Plaza apartment building is just outside the main walk-in gate of the Navy base, said Slamin, who added that the incident is under investigation by Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents.

A watchman of the furnished apartment building spotted Dodson as he was taking out garbage, reported the Bahraini paper, which added that Dodson was staying alone in one of the building’s 25 apartments rented to sailors stationed in Bahrain.

$10M Iraqi training site project nearly completeA $10 million project to construct the largest training facility for Iraqi troops in that country is nearing completion, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The 9th Iraqi Armored Division Training Center in Taji is used to train Iraqi soldiers from that division and other local units. The project has been overseen, on the U.S. side, by the Multi-National Security Transition Command–Iraq.

The project includes:

-Four small-arms ranges with firing lines, target lines at various distances, and other live-fire training features.

-A combat assault course

-A live-fire Military Operations in Urban Terrain "shoot house"

-A "Multi-Purpose Range Complex" for both mounted and dismounted live-fire training.


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