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A memorial service for a longtime civilian employee who died July 3 will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Patrick Henry Village Chapel in Heidelberg, Germany.

Julius Pope, 64, died in a Heidelberg hospital after an extended struggle with cancer and diabetes.

He was an Army and Navy veteran, having served in the Navy from 1960-64 and retiring after 16 years of Army service as a staff sergeant in 1987.

Pope worked as an Army journalist with the Neu-Ulm community newspaper and then as a journalist with the 5th Signal Command from 1993 to 1995. He held several civilian jobs, and had worked at Heidelberg’s Village Pavilion since 2002.

Pope was married four times, but was not married at the time of his death. He is survived by his sister, Helen Francis Pratt of Washington, D.C.; a half brother, James A. Pope, and a stepsister, Judith Redman, both living in California. Cremation will take place in Germany.

U.S., Macedonia, Albania in joint exercises

TIRANA, Albania — United States, Albania and Macedonia are holding joint military exercises to boost combat readiness and promote cooperation with NATO and regional allies, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday.

Some 1,500 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel, three Albanian infantry platoons and helicopter support, and a Macedonian combat engineer platoon and special forces were participating in the July 11-30 exercises, code-named Adriatic Engagement 2005.

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