Europe briefs: Name of dead soldier released
Officials have released the name of a 37th Transportation Command soldier who was found dead in his bed Monday morning in the enlisted barracks on Kleber Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Sgt. Juwan L. Johnson, a 25-year-old with the 66th Transportation Company of the 28th Transportation Battalion, was discovered at 10 a.m. by another member of his unit.
The cause of death has not been determined, and an investigation is under way. As of now, no evidence exists that alcohol, drugs, suicide or foul play were a factor in Johnson’s death. An autopsy will be performed at Dover Air Force Base, Del.
No other details were available Thursday afternoon, said Master Sgt. Derrick Crawford with the 21st Theater Support Command public affairs office.
The soldier who found the body told investigators that Johnson complained about not feeling well the previous night. Johnson had asked the soldier to check on him throughout the night. The soldier last visited Johnson around 4 a.m. and said Johnson looked pale but appeared to be OK.
Johnson, of Baltimore, would have been discharged this month after having finished his military commitment of six years.
Command change in Kitzingen
KITZINGEN, Germany — Col. Kevin G. O’Connell took over command of the 1st Infantry Division’s Division Support Command from Col. Paul Wentz on Wednesday.
O’Connell was commissioned in 1982 after completing Army ROTC at High Point College in North Carolina. He served his first tour in Kaiserslautern, and later deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a major with the Germany-based 3rd Corps Support Command. His most recent command was in Fort Irwin, Calif.
Wentz, 46, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1980.
He spent half of his two-year command deployed to Iraq, overseeing units that supported the 1st ID as it fought insurgents in the troubled Sunni Triangle. He will move to Fort Belvoir, Va., to become executive officer of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.
Wentz and his wife, Eliane, have two children, both of whom are serving in the Army.
The 1st ID’s 701st Main Support Battalion also changed commanders Wednesday. Lt. Col. Gregg Blanchard took command from Lt. Col. Drexel Ross in a ceremony at Kitzingen’s Harvey Barracks.