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AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — A woman died Oct. 17 in the base hospital after giving birth, base officials said.

First Lt. Kimberley Schaerdel, chief of public affairs for the 31st Fighter Wing, would not release details about the woman — a civilian married to a U.S. airman. She said the hospital is unable to provide such information because the death is under investigation and the woman’s husband does not want her identity made public.

New aircraft crew added at MildenhallRAF MILDENHALL, England — U.S. Air Force leaders at RAF Lakenheath activated a new aircraft maintenance squadron during a ceremony Tuesday at the eastern England air base.

The 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron became the second maintenance squadron at RAF Lakenheath, alongside the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

Having two squadrons allows one to focus on F-15 Strike Eagle fighters and the other to maintain combat search-and-rescue and air-superiority aircraft, said Col. Dorothy Silvanic, commander of the 48th Maintenance Group.

AFN plans radio event for swine flu queriesHave questions about the swine flu virus? Concerned about the status of the H1N1 vaccine for military personnel in Europe?

On Nov. 18 at 10 a.m., the “American Forces Network Openline” radio talk show will feature medical experts discussing the H1N1 influenza and the military’s vaccine program in Europe, according to a Europe Regional Medical Command press release.

Military medical experts appearing on the show include:

Col. Evelyn Barraza, ERMC preventive medicine consultant; Col. Robert Smith, ERMC pediatric consultant; Col. Theresa Moser, director of ERMC Force Health Protection Office; and Lt. Cmdr. Michael Cooper, flu surveillance epidemiologist for the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine Europe.

Listeners can e-mail questions in advance to or call in questions to DSN 389-4595 or civilian 0621-46085-595 during the show.

UAE officer now heads Persian Gulf commandCommand of maritime operations in the southern Persian Gulf now falls under a United Arab Emirates colonel, who assumed control Monday from a United Kingdom commodore.

UAE Col. Tareq Khalfan A. Al Zaabi took command of Combined Task Force 152 from Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe, a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet press release said.

Established in March 2004, CTF 152 coordinates maritime security missions with regional and coalition partners, and is prepared to respond to any crisis inside the Persian Gulf, the statement said.

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