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A 24-year-old sailor from Roswell, N.M., went overboard in the Arabian Sea on Thursday morning and has been declared dead, Pentagon officials said.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Menelek Brown was assigned to the USS Hopper, whose home port is Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, officials said in a statement dated Monday.

Brown went missing about 7:30 a.m. local time Thursday while the ship was conducting maritime security operations, according to The Associated Press.

Brown was declared dead after air and surface forces conducted an extensive search for him.

Military scholarship deadline Feb. 20Applications for the 2008 Scholarships for Military Children program must be completed by Feb. 20.

Sponsored by the Defense Commissary Agency, the program awards $1,500 to recipients. Applications are available at commissaries and online at or www.militaryscholar. org. Every commissary with qualified applicants will have at least one winner.

Since the program began in 2001, more than $5.5 million has been given to a total of 3,532 students, according to a recent DeCA news release.

Children of any branch of the military, active and Reserve, are eligible, as are children of retirees. Eligibility is determined through the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database, and applicants and their sponsors must be enrolled in DEERS and have a valid military identification card.

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