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The Defense Department has released the name of the sailor who was killed Monday when he fell out of a helicopter while training in Bahrain.

The sailor was identified as Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian K. Joplin, 32, of Hugo, Okla. He died Monday after falling from a U.S. Navy MH-53 helicopter during a regularly scheduled training mission in the Central Arabian Gulf, according to a DOD news release.

Joplin was assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, based in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Friday at the base chapel in Manama, Bahrain.

Memorial service for Army spouse slated at WiesbadenWIESBADEN, Germany — A memorial service is scheduled Friday morning for the wife of an Army specialist who died last week of complications due to an illness, Army officials said Thursday.

The service for Jennifer L. Watts, 24, will be held at 11 a.m. at Hainerberg Chapel in Wiesbaden, according to the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. Watts was the wife of Spc. Andrew N. Watts of the 501st Military Intelligence Battalion.

The mother of two was found in her home in the Hainerberg housing area on Sept. 30, according to a garrison news release. Anemone Rueger, a community spokeswoman, said Friday that officials found no sign of foul play.

Jennifer Watts is survived by her husband and two children, daughter Alex, 3, and son Aiden, 10 months.

Two injured in fire at HohenfelsHOHENFELS, Germany — Two local national employees from U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels were injured Wednesday in a fire in the Joint Multinational Readiness Center.

The two, Konrad Graml and Heinrich Rödl, were removing fuel from a generator when the fire occurred, according to a release from the JMRC.

Two soldiers rescued the employees from the fire and contacted the Bavarian Red Cross Ambulance Service. They were airlifted to burn units in Munich and Nuernberg, according to the release.

The soldiers were believed to be part of a unit at the JMRC for a training rotation, and their names and unit were not identified, said Gerry Arbios a USAG Hohenfels spokeswoman.

Graml and Rödl were seriously injured in the fire, although no updates on their condition were available, she said.

U.S. Army safety officials and military police are investigating the incident.

Airman found guilty of murderMACON, Ga. — A military jury convicted an airman of murder in the July 2004 stabbing deaths of a fellow airman and his wife at their home at Robins Air Force Base.

Andrew Witt, 23, faces the death penalty in the sentencing phase of the court-martial, which began Thursday.

A panel of 12 Air Force officers on Wednesday unanimously found Witt guilty of killing Senior Airman Andrew Schliepsiek and his wife, Jamie, in their duplex. Witt also was found guilty of wounding Staff Sgt. Jason King.

Prosecutors said Witt killed the couple after they threatened to report that he had made a pass at Jamie Schliepsiek and had an affair with an officer’s wife.

Witt’s lawyers did not dispute that he stabbed the couple but contended that the killings were not planned.

Prosecutors said Witt changed into a camouflage uniform, armed himself with a combat knife and spied on his victims before stabbing all three.

Officials said the killings were the first ever at the 60-year-old Air Force base in central Georgia.


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