Europe briefs: British look into death of defence ministry employee
RAF ALCONBURY, England — British authorities are investigating the death of a Ministry of Defence employee who was found dead at RAF Alconbury on Thursday.
Dave Allen was discovered in a warehouse about 3 p.m., according to the RAF Alconbury public affairs office.
The British health and safety executive opened a probe into the death Friday morning.
The Ministry of Defence did not release Allen’s age or how long he had worked at RAF Alconbury. Further details on the death will be available when the investigation is completed.
“Our thoughts are with Mr. Allen’s family as well as his British and American friends and colleagues,” said Col. Jack Jones, 423rd Air Base Group commander.
Army IDs soldier killed by train ThursdayVICENZA, Italy — Army officials have identified the soldier who was struck and killed by a train Thursday morning as Spc. Christopher Woodruff of the 173rd Combat Support Company.
Woodruff, 27, was struck by the train about 5 a.m. on Thursday, said Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Lane, spokesman for the 173rd Airborne Division and the Southern European Task Force.
The accident happened near Caserma Ederle, the main Army base in Vicenza.
Another soldier, who was injured by the same train, has been released from an Italian hospital where he was treated, officials said.
A memorial service for Woodruff will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Caserma Ederle Chapel.
Sardinia petty officer named sailor of yearPetty Officer 1st Class Shawn Kline, stationed at Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Sardinia, has been chosen as the Commander, Navy Installations Command’s Sailor of the Year, beating out competitors from 16 other Navy regions, according to a Navy news release.
Kline, a 12-year veteran who serves as a master-at-arms, learned Thursday of his selection, made by Vice Adm. Robert Conway Jr., commander of Navy Installations Command.
Kline already earned the title for Navy Region Europe, and now will compete as the CNI representative for the vice chief of naval operations’ competition in April in Washington.