Europe briefs: Lakenheath airman dies from injuries
RAF LAKENHEATH, England – A U.S. airman stationed at RAF Lakenheath died Sunday at the Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge from injuries she received in an automobile accident the week before, according to an Air Force news release.
Airman 1st Class Crystal R. Kopecky was assigned to the 48th Medical Operations Squadron, where she was a medical technician in the obstetrics ward. She had been assigned to RAF Lakenheath since May.
She was injured in a single-vehicle accident on the A1065 on Dec. 4.
Base officials are planning a memorial service for later this week, but details were not complete.
Task force 150 has new leader
German Rear Adm. Henning Hoops recently assumed command of the multinational anti-terrorism Task Force 150 during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, according to a Navy news release.
The task force, which currently has eight ships from six nations, operates under the 5th Fleet in the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden to counter the movement of terrorists and terrorism-related material through the region.
Task force ships have participated in exercises with many of the region’s nations, including Yemen, Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, the release stated.
Most recently, the task force’s ships have been involved in humanitarian, rather than counterterror, missions. Two French ships have assisted grounded vessels, and the USS The Sullivans assisted a dhow that had been adrift for more than two weeks.
Hoops assumed command from Royal Navy Commodore Tom Cunningham, according to the release.