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A sailor assigned to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Unit Sigonella’s detachment at Naval Station Rota, Spain, died from injuries received during a motorcycle accident Sunday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Laulu, 27, of Long Beach, Calif., was killed after he crashed his motorcycle near the Rota base early Sunday afternoon. He was transported to Naval Hospital Rota and pronounced dead by hospital officials.

He is survived by his parents, three bothers and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held for Laulu this week, but a date hadn’t been set as of Tuesday afternoon.

Crash victims memorial

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at RAF Mildenhall, England, for the nine airmen killed in a plane crash last week in Albania.

Families, friends and members of the 352nd Special Operations Group, 25th Information Operations Squadron, will gather at Hangar 814 for the 2 p.m. service.

The airmen were supporting a training mission with the Albanian military when their plane crashed Thursday on a mountain 35 miles southeast of Tirana, the capital of Albania.

Traffic to be rerouted

NAPLES, Italy — Vehicle and foot traffic on Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino base will be restricted or rerouted for at least the next few days as World War II-era ordnance is removed from a construction site outside the base’s southern fence line.

The main Capodichino road will be blocked to vehicle traffic between the air terminal and east end of the barracks, and foot traffic will be rerouted around the security and fire departments, starting at 8 a.m. daily until all the ordnance is removed. Base officials hope to reopen the road each day by 3 p.m.

Traffic was also stopped for part of the day Tuesday.

The ordnance was found in November, along with six German artillery shells. Italian workers found the ordnance while they were working on a road just outside the base perimeter.

Service set for soldier

DARMSTADT, Germany — A memorial service will be held Thursday for a 22nd Signal Brigade soldier who was found in his Cambrai-Fritsch Casern barracks room by a fellow soldier Saturday afternoon.

Pvt. Patrick S. Sullivan, 25, a transmission systems operator and maintainer for Company A, 440th Signal Battalion, was later declared dead by a doctor, according to Army officials.

No information is being released on the death and will not be released until investigations are complete, said Hilde Patton, V Corps spokeswoman.

Sullivan, from Altus, Okla., is survived by his wife, two daughters and parents.

The memorial service will be held at noon at the Cambrai-Fritsch chapel.


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