Europe briefs: Air Force investigating death of airman
The Air Force is still investigating the death of an airman found in his dormitory Sunday at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
The military identified the servicemember on Thursday as Airman 1st Class Matthew Graczyk, a communications computer operator who worked at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe consolidated help desk.
The Air Force cannot say whether the airman died of natural causes or whether foul play was involved, said Erin Zagursky, an Air Force spokeswoman at Ramstein. Security forces discovered Graczyk after receiving a tip, according to the Air Force.
The base will hold a memorial for Graczyk at 9 a.m. Friday at the Northside Chapel.
IRS glitch delays some Naples tax returnsTax returns for roughly 160 customers who filed their taxes electronically before Feb. 13 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center based in Naples, Italy, are delayed by a few weeks because of a glitch in the Internal Revenue Service’s system.
The IRS did not have an identifying code on file for the Naples VITA, and therefore did not process any of the returns, said Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Woolverton, a base spokesman.
When Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Baldaramos, the tax center manager, became suspicious about customers not receiving their returns, he called the IRS to find out why.
IRS offices reported they had no EFIN code, or Electronic Filing Identification Number, for the Naples center. Baldaramos provided the number — the very same number the center has been using for several years, Woolverton said.
Returns filed after Feb. 13 were not affected by the glitch.
Jet makes emergency landing at MildenhallRAF MILDENHALL, England — The air base’s runway was shut down Thursday afternoon after a Germany-based fighter jet en route from Las Vegas had to make an emergency landing, authorities said.
An A-10 Thunderbolt suffered a right engine shutdown and was forced to land in England, according to a 100th Air Refueling Wing spokeswoman. The aircraft’s pilot was not injured during the emergency landing, according to the wing public affair’s office.
Firetrucks and other emergency personnel were called onto the runway.
The plane was en route from a training mission in Nevada and was rerouted to Mildenhall after the engine difficulties.
The A-10 is based out of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.