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A soldier assigned to the 495th Movement Control Team at Camp Darby, Italy, avoided a court-martial by asking for and receiving a discharge from the Army.

Pvt. Ulysses Lewis was administratively reduced to E-1 and given an other-than-honorable discharge, according to information provided by the Southern European Task Force (Airborne) public affairs office.

Lewis was charged with attempted murder for stabbing an airman assigned to Darby on April 22. The two were on a beach not far from the base when they became involved in an argument that escalated into a fight.

Lewis was held in an Italian prison for about a month before being transferred to the military’s confinement facility in Mann- heim, Germany. He was due to face a court-martial before making his request in late September to Maj. Gen. Frank Helmick, the SETAF commander.

The airman, who has not been named by authorities, returned to duty within a few days after the incident and has since returned to the United States.

Memorial set for GI killed in AfghanistanA memorial service will be held Nov. 2 at 10:45 a.m. at the chapel on Caserma Ederle, Italy, for a soldier from the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment who died Tuesday in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Larry I. Rougle from West Jordan, Utah, was killed by small-arms fire, according to a release from the Southern European Task Force (Airborne). The 25-year-old soldier, assigned to the battalion’s Headquarters, Headquarters Company, was killed in action in Kunar province.

He is the 14th soldier based in Vicenza to die since the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team deployed to Afghanistan in May.

Airman faces Article 32 on drug chargesRAF MILDENHALL, England — An Article 32 hearing began Thursday for an airman accused of possessing, using and distributing marijuana.

Senior Airman Jason E. Neal, of Mildenhall’s 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron, also is accused of wrongfully possessing drug paraphernalia, according to a charge sheet provided by officials at RAF Mildenhall’s legal office.

The charges are based on incidents that are said to have occurred between February and September 2006.

An Article 32 hearing is the military equivalent of a grand-jury proceeding, where evidence is heard by an officer who will decide if there is enough evidence to warrant a court-martial. Unlike the civilian sector, Article 32s are generally open to the public.

Groundbreaking for military hotel set for FridayMilitary and local officials have been invited to symbolically break ground Friday on a four-story hotel complex for the Wiesbaden, Germany, military community.

Slated for completion in early 2009, the facility would replace the American Arms Hotel. It will be in the northeast corner of the Hainerberg housing area.

Earlier estimates put the cost of the hotel at $34 million. Preliminary plans called for 164 rooms, storage areas and a workout facility within a fan-shaped structure.

About half the rooms will be suites. Each room will have a kitchenette and private bathroom.

The groundbreaking ceremony, scheduled for 1 p.m., will include the local garrison commander and other officials. The site is along Mississippi Strasse near the chapel.

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