Europe briefs: Airman’s court-martial postponed
RAF MILDENHALL, England — The court-martial of an Air Force noncommissioned officer charged with rape, sodomy and aggravated assault that was slated to begin here Tuesday has been postponed.
Staff Sgt. Joseph Spaulding was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday at the home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing.
The reason for the delay was the death in the family of one of the participants, according to Maj. Krista Carlos, USAFE spokeswoman.
Spaulding’s Article 32 hearing was held earlier this year at RAF Alconbury, where he serves with the 423rd Civil Engineering Squadron. However, the court-martial is being held at Mildenhall because Spaulding officially serves under the 501st Combat Support Wing, which is based out of RAF Mildenhall, Carlos said.
The trial has yet to be rescheduled, said Master Sgt. Rich Romero, 423rd Air Base Squadron spokesman.
Several countries take part in exerciseU.S. naval forces and police from Australia, Bahrain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States took part Monday in the maritime portion of Exercise Leading Edge, an effort aimed at curbing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to a U.S. Navy news release.
Boarding teams from Australia, Bahrain, France, Italy, and the U.S. Coast Guard practiced getting on a targeted ship, which for the exercise, was suspected of carrying WMD-related items, according to release from the Navy’s 5th Fleet.
The participating countries’ forces also are learning to work with each other in areas of legal, diplomatic, economic and military topics, the release stated.
Warnings issued on e-mail voting securityThis year, thousands of soldiers around the world have the opportunity to vote in the Nov. 7 elections by e-mail.
But computer security experts inside and outside the government warned that the Pentagon’s Federal Voting Assistance Program ignores the risks associated with unencrypted e-mail: interception, hacking and identity theft.
“E-mail traffic can flow through equipment owned and operated by various governments, companies and individuals in many countries,” Joel Rothschild, a Navy Reserve captain, said in an August report prepared for the Pentagon. “It is easily monitored, blocked and subject to tampering.”
Annual job fair in Wiesbaden in FridayArmy Community Service in Wiesbaden, Germany, will hold its annual autumn job fair Friday.
About 30 organizations are expected to participate, including the Defense Commissary Agency, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe, and Stars and Stripes, event organizer Kim Taylor said. Volunteer organizations also will be on hand.
Wiesbaden, home of the 1st Armored Division, holds a job fair every spring and fall. Last spring, the event drew about 150 people, according to Taylor, the employment readiness program manager.
The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ACS cafeteria, building 07790, on Mississippi Strasse in the Hainerberg Housing Area.
For more information, contact ACS at 0611-4080-234.
Two injured in Mildenhall crashRAF MILDENHALL, England — Two RAF Lakenheath community members were injured when their vehicle collided with a bus outside RAF Mildenhall about 4 p.m. Monday.
The names of the injured were not released, but a Lakenheath spokesman said the driver of the vehicle was a dependent and the passenger was her daughter. Both sustained minor injuries.
A description of the vehicle was not available by Stars and Stripes’ deadline.
The collision, which occurred near Mildenhall’s Gate 16, closed both lanes of the A1101 highway for hours, causing long delays during rush hour. Traffic waiting to exit the base gate was bumper to bumper.
There were no injuries on the bus, owned by the Mil-Ken Travel Co. Mil-Ken buses transport children to and from off-base schools. No children were on board the bus at the time of the collision, said Mark Rogers, general manager of Mil-Ken.
Rogers reported “significant damage” to the bus.