Europe briefs: Spangdahlem airmen both place 11th at Mr. Universe
Two airmen stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, each placed 11th in their respective divisions at the Mr. Universe bodybuilding competition in Cuxhaven this past weekend.
Air Force Master Sgt. Troy Saunders and Senior Airman Justin Usery competed as part of a six-member U.S. team and were the only members of the U.S. military stationed in Europe competing in the tournament. They flexed their muscles against more than 200 bodybuilders from 27 different countries.
Saunders, superintendent of the Spangdahlem-based U.S. Air Forces in Europe European Transportation Training Center, took 11th in the Men’s Class II. Usery, a member of the 52nd Security Forces Squadron, finished 11th in the Men’s Class III. The Mr. Universe competition divides the participants by height.
Both said before the weekend that they had hoped to make it to the top 10, but Saunders on Monday said he was pleased with his performance.
He called the competition “an incredible experience.”
“With the number of athletes competing, it was a very respectable showing,” Saunders said.
Airman in critical condition after motorcycle accidentRAF LAKENHEATH, England — A 48th Fighter Wing airman is in critical condition at a British hospital following a motorcycle accident last weekend.
Master Sgt. Scott Tusler, 42, is being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for severe head injuries. He was transferred to Addenbrooke’s from West Suffolk Hospital earlier this week, authorities said.
The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday on the A134 outside of Bury St. Edmunds when Tusler lost control of his 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle and crashed, according to the Suffolk Constabulary. Authorities said it’s unclear how the accident occurred and are looking for members of the public who witnessed the accident to provide additional details.
The senior noncommissioned officer serves with the 48th Civil Engineering Squadron, according to an RAF Lakenheath spokeswoman.