Europe briefs: Holiday show to tour Air Force bases
Several familiar faces will be touring some Air Force bases in Europe and Southwest Asia again during the holiday season as part of Operation Season’s Greetings.
Sponsored by the Air Force Reserve Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe, this year’s tour runs from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2.
Headlining is country singer Jamie O’Neal, who will sing songs from her newest CD, “Brave,” and who might also perform No. 1 hits such as “There is No Arizona” and “When I think About Angels.”
John Popper, the front man for Blues Traveler, will add some pop-music flair. Both artists have performed on the tour in previous years. So have members of the New England Patriots cheerleaders, who are back again.
Delilah, a popular radio entertainer, will serve as emcee. Active-duty servicemembers from the Air Force Reserve and USAFE bands will play a variety of music.
The tour’s scheduled stops in Europe include Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Nov. 22 and Ramstein Air Base and Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany on Dec. 1.
Alconbury death ruled an accidentCAMBRIDGE, England — An inquest Friday determined that a RAF Alconbury civilian employee died earlier this year as a result of an accidental electrocution.
David G. Allen, 58, of Brampton, died March 2 while he was working in his role as an electrician at RAF Alconbury, which is home to the 423rd Air Base Group. Allen was a Ministry of Defence employee.
The inquest heard that Allen was moving a convection wall heater when he accidentally tapped into wiring that he falsely thought had been disconnected from the building’s main electricity, according to Cambridgeshire coroner’s officer Nicky Boxall.
Boxall said Allen had worked as an electrician for nearly three decades, but RAF Alconbury officials declined to say how long he had worked on base.
The incident was investigated by a British health and safety inspector, who found no one was at fault for Boxall’s death.