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Military Sealift Command-Europe is getting a makeover, from fewer personnel to a new name.

As the European theater’s ocean transportation and combat logistics provider, the command will be renamed Friday as Sealift Logistics Command Europe, according to a news release.

The new name reflects transformation changes over the past 18 months, to include moving many functions from the Europe-based office to the command headquarters in Washington, which falls under the U.S. Transportation Command. Some of the sealift command’s jobs are being shifted to the newly formed Ship Support Unit in Naples, Italy.

During a war, more than 95 percent of all of the U.S. military’s equipment and supplies are carried by sea.

Italy-based sailor still eligible for sailor of yearPetty Officer 1st Class Shawn Kline, based at La Maddalena, Italy, is one of five sailors left to compete for the Navy’s shore sailor of the year award.

The field of candidates was narrowed from 36 sailors earlier this week.

Kline, a 12-year veteran and master-at-arms stationed at the U.S. military base on the island of Sardinia, competes for the shore sailor of the year honor in mid-April. The competition includes an interview with the vice chief of naval operations, Adm. Robert Willard.

If selected, Kline automatically will be promoted to chief petty officer.

Select students to play in Honors Music eventSelect students from DODDS-Europe high schools and the SHAPE International Band’s Jazz Orchestra will perform during the 2006 Honors Music Festival in the Wiesbaden Kurhaus, at 7 p.m., April 6.

This year’s festival features 148 students who were selected from among nearly 300 auditions.

The students will be under the conductorship of Patrick Jones, associate director of the School of Music and head of the Music Education Division at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and Duncan Couch, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.

The SHAPE Jazz Orchestra is made up of professional military musicians from several of the 26 NATO countries stationed at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe headquarters in Belgium.

Heidelberg students participate in festivalSeven Heidelberg High School students took part in the 31st annual Association of Music in International Schools Honor Band and Choir Festival held March 16-18 in Brussels, Belgium.

The seven musicians were selected from 400 teens representing more than 50 international schools around the world, according to a Department of Defense Dependents Schools news release.

Joining young musicians from 30 other countries, the Heidelberg instrumentalists and vocalists traveled to Brussels for three days of rehearsal and performance as members of a 120-voice choir and a 65-piece band.

The participants were Dana Smith, flute; Rachel McGiboney and Sammantha Hayes, clarinet; Adam Lawrence, tenor saxophone; Lauren Morales and Darcy Traunsteiner, soprano; and Kevin Ingraham, bass.

The choir was conducted by Kenneth Fulton, director of Choral Music and Conducting at Louisiana State University, and the band was under the direction of Craig Kirchhoff, director of bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music. Both rehearsals and the final concert were held at the St. John’s International School, Waterloo, Belgium.

It was the 12th year that Heidelberg High School has participated in the festival.

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