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A burial service was held Wednesday for a retired Army officer who had been residing in Germany.

Carl J. Arseneault, 52, died Monday from colon cancer at the home of his parents, Arthur and Willidean Blazier Arseneault in Knoxville, Tenn. According to an announcement from the funeral home, he had been living in Germany near Ramstein Air Base with his wife of 21 years, Gabriele.

Arseneault retired from the Army in 1985 as a captain, earned a graduate degree and became a college writing instructor. He was buried at Tennessee State Veterans’ Cemetery in Knoxville. A memorial Mass was scheduled for Thursday.

Final stages of installing 6th Fleet flagship

The Navy is in the final stages of making the USS Mount Whitney the new flagship of the 6th Fleet, based in Gaeta, Italy.

The Navy announced this week that it has completed official notification of the change with local and national Italian government officials. The official turnover ceremony, in which the Mount Whitney will replace the USS La Salle, will be in late February.

The La Salle will be decommissioned in Norfolk, Va., following the turnover. It has been the fleet flagship since November 1994.

The Mount Whitney most recently served as the command ship for U.S. 2nd Fleet in Norfolk, and will provide command and control capabilities for NATO forces in Europe in addition to 6th Fleet.


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