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WIESBADEN, Germany — A U.S. soldier died Tuesday while on a recreational outing to a Black Sea resort town in eastern Romania, an Army spokesman said.

The soldier, whom authorities have yet to identify, was in Constanta, Romania, for a bilateral exercise called ROMEX ’05, according to a 1st Armored Division news release. Authorities were in the process of notifying the soldier’s family.

“Our initial indication is that there was no foul play,” said Maj. Michael Indovina, a 1st AD spokesman in Germany.

According to Indovina, the male soldier was an Army reservist living in Germany who was attached to 1st AD.

There are about 1,000 U.S. soldiers taking part in the exercise, according to the 1st AD. The largest U.S. contingent is the Texas National Guard. The 1st AD has about 150 soldiers taking part, including 56 members of the Giessen, Germany-based Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment Engineer Brigade, which runs the exercise.

The soldier was taking part in a Morale, Welfare and Recreation activity, most likely at the beach, since Constanta is a seaside resort town, Indovina said. Soldiers taking part in the lengthy training exercise are typically given a day off every two weeks, what Indovina called “a down day” to “enjoy the local activities.”

Tuesday’s incident “was not a training accident,” Indovina said.

Romanian and U.S. authorities are investigating the incident, he added.

Russ Rizzo in Romania contributed to this report.


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