Europe briefs: RAF Mildenhall cancels day off because of DUIs
A string of drunken-driving incidents at RAF Mildenhall prompted the base commander last week to cancel a planned day off for the 100th Air Refueling Wing, base officials said Friday.
Col. Michael Stough, commander of the 100th ARW, sent out a message less than a week before the scheduled “goal day” on Monday, informing airmen that he had canceled it because the base had recorded five DUI arrests in eight weeks, said 1st Lt. Jamie Humphries, 100th ARW public affairs officer.
“I really didn’t want to cancel the goal day, but our recent string of DUI incidents called for drastic action,” Stough wrote in his weekly column in the base newspaper, the Marauder.
Both major U.S. bases in the area have seen significant numbers of DUI arrests recently. RAF Lakenheath, which has a goal day planned for March 24, has recorded 10 DUIs in the last four months, according to information from the base. Base officials said that goal day is still expected to be given as scheduled.
Body of Naples sailor found in barracks roomNAPLES, Italy — The body of a Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Naples sailor was found Friday morning in a barracks room on the Capodichino base.
The enlisted sailor’s name hasn’t been released pending next of kin notification, said base spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Jacky Fisher. Fisher said that Naval Criminal Investigative Service personnel and Italian authorities are investigating the death.