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Capt. John Meyers, chief of staff for the Naples, Italy-based Task Force 63, died Tuesday morning in his Capodichino office. He was 54.

Naval Hospital Naples is conducting an autopsy to determine his cause of death, but Navy officials say that it is most likely from natural causes.

Meyers, a 1972 graduate of the Naval Academy, had served as CTF-63’s chief of staff since December 1999.

CTF-63 is part of the Fleet Air Mediterranean staff and is responsible for the Navy’s regional logistic flights, plus supply and maintenance for 6th Fleet ships.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Meyers led the CTF-63 staff in coordinating more than 200 at-sea refuelings for about three dozen ships, and moved more than 8 million pounds of ammunition throughout the Mediterranean.

Previously, Meyers served as commander of the frigate USS De Wert, Military Sealift Command Europe, and Naval Logistic Forces Central Command/Task Force 53.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Capodichino base chapel.

He is survived by his wife, Petra, and two adult sons, Andy and Chris, a cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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