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A 1st Armored Division soldier died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday, according to a press release issued Friday by the division.

Sgt. 1st Class Derrick K. Brent Sr., 42, was found collapsed near his car at approximately 6 a.m. in Wiesbaden, Germany, and pronounced dead at 2 p.m. by medical personnel at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, the release said.

The soldiers who found him used life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived and transported him to a local hospital, the release said.

According to the release, the cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

Brent was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st AD, in Wiesbaden. He is survived by his wife and three children.

A memorial service is being planned, but no details were immediately available.

U.S. awards Air Medals to 35 Danish pilots in war on terrorKAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The U.S. Air Force awarded U.S. Air Medals to 35 Danish F-16 fighter pilots who flew in support of the war on terrorism.

Gen. Tom Hobbins, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, flew to Skrydstrup, Denmark, to present the medals to the pilots last Tuesday, according to an Air Force press release.

The Danish pilots were part of the 376th Air Expeditionary Operation Group at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, according to Lt. Col. Kurt Marisa, the U.S. air attache to Denmark.

The pilots qualified for the medal because they flew at least 15 hours of aerial operations in a hostile combat zone, according to the release.

The pilots flew nearly 900 mission hours over Afghanistan during their deployment.


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