Europe briefs: Germany-based brigade leads in re-enlistments
Some 155 soldiers from the Schweinfurt, Germany-based 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division have re-enlisted since the unit deployed in October, more than any other brigade in Baghdad.
According to figures provided by the military, some 470 soldiers in what’s known as Multi-National Division-Baghdad have re-enlisted during that time.
Two powerful incentives are at work, officials said: One is the tax-free status of re-enlistment bonuses when they are earned in war zones.
Also, any soldier re-enlisting and choosing to stay with their current brigade is eligible for special college benefits.
For a re-enlistment of 12 months’ “current station stabilization,” a soldier also gets free college classes upon redeployment.
Woman dies after crash outside RAF LakenheathRAF LAKENHEATH, England — A 21-year-old British woman died Thursday night following a multiple-vehicle crash outside this air base’s Gate 1 on Feb. 7.
Sheniz Laura Russell, from Norfolk, had sustained severe head injuries in the crash and was pried out of her vehicle by firefighters. She was airlifted to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St. Edmunds, said Suffolk Constabulary spokeswoman Lisa Crane.
Three Lakenheath airmen received minor injuries in the three-vehicle crash that occurred at about 12:20 p.m. along the A1065 highway and caused major delays. Two airmen from the 48th Operations Squadron and one from the 48th Component Maintenance Squadron were treated and released from Lakenheath Hospital on the same day of the crash, said base spokeswoman Staff Sgt. Vanessa Young.
British authorities are investigating the crash and are asking any witnesses to contact Police Constable Mo Arondel at the Bury St. Edmunds Policing Unit at 01284 774100, Crane said.