Europe briefs: Night training flights resume at Mildenhall
RAF MILDENHALL, England — The 48th Fighter Wing has resumed nighttime flight training over the English countryside and the RAF Lakenheath-based F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles will continue flying missions until next spring, according to a news release.
Officials say the night training flights will occur Mondays through Thursdays and will generally end by 10 p.m. RAF Lakenheath is home to about 80 fighter aircraft and five rescue helicopters.
“We understand the aircraft noise can sometimes be a nuisance to the people living in and around the areas where we train,” the 48th vice commander, Col. Scott Reed, said in the release. “We make every effort to minimize the local impact, but this training is vital to what we do when we perform real-world operations with our fellow U.K. servicemen and women, as well as the servicemembers of other nations, in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.”
172nd Infantry Brigade soldier found deadKAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A soldier assigned to the 172nd Infantry Brigade was pronounced dead at 8 a.m. on Sunday after being found unresponsive at his quarters, according to a U.S. Army Europe news release.
The soldier, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, had recently returned from Iraq with his unit, U.S. Army officials said. The death is under investigation.
Veteran’s wife granted reprieve by immigrationLOS ANGELES — The U.S. government has cleared a pathway to citizenship for the illegal immigrant wife of an Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress, the family’s attorney said Thursday.
U.S. Army Spc. Jack Barrios, a 26-year-old who served a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq, had faced the collapse of his family after his wife, Frances, was placed in removal proceedings. Frances, a 23-year-old Guatemala native, was illegally brought to the United States at age 6 by her mother but grew up in Los Angeles, where the couple lives with their two children.