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The Pentagon this week announced that Rear Adm. William H. McRaven would become the new commander of Special Operations Command Europe and director of special operations for U.S. European Command.

McRaven will replace Army Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko, who has served as SOCEUR commander since August 2003. A Department of Defense press release did not state when the change of command would occur or what Csrnko’s next assignment would be.

McRaven is currently serving as deputy commander for operations at the Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, in Fort Bragg, N.C.

According to Newsweek, McRaven, while a member of the National Security Council, devised the White House’s anti-terrorism strategy after 9/11. In 2004, he commanded the Delta and SEAL Task Force 121 that was leading the search for Osama bin Laden, Newsweek reported.

SOCEUR oversees special operations plans and execution in the 91 nations that fall under the European Command’s area of responsibility.

Sheehan cancels visit to EuropeRAMSTEIN, Germany — Cindy Sheehan said Friday in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes that she will not be in Europe this week.

Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq and the woman who protested last summer outside President Bush’s ranch, initially was scheduled to participate Saturday in anti-war protests near Landstuhl and Ramstein. Earlier this week, Sheehan told Stripes she would not partake in protests near Landstuhl Regional Medical Center or Ramstein Air Base out of respect for the troops.

Sheehan’s trip to Europe — where she was scheduled to testify before the European Union Parliament on Tuesday — was canceled because of injuries she said she received when arrested Monday during a protest in New York.

“I could not go to Germany,” Sheehan wrote. “My doctor forbade it. I ended up having a slight concussion and a possible torn rotator cuff injury. I am recuperating and won’t make Europe this week.”

A protest and counterprotest are still scheduled for Saturday afternoon outside Ramstein Air Base’s west gate.

RAF Alconbury worker was electrocutedRAF ALCONBURY, England — A longtime Ministry of Defence employee who died last week was electrocuted, MOD spokeswoman Jenny Moran said Thursday.

Dave Allen, 58, who was an electrician, was found dead inside an Alconbury warehouse at about 3 p.m. on March 2, according to a statement from the 423rd Public Affairs Office.

Moran said a probe into Allen’s death by the British health and safety executive is still underway and no details as to how Allen was electrocuted were available.

Allen had worked at RAF Alconbury since 1967.


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