European brief: Ceremony set for private found dead
Army investigators are looking into the death of Pvt. Chipper T. Rogers, who was found dead in his Grafenwöhr, Germany, barracks room the morning after his 21st birthday.
Results of an autopsy are not yet available, and the Army isn’t speculating about the cause of death, said Maj. Bryan Woods, a spokesman for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command. He said there is a possibility charges could be filed, depending on the results of the investigation.
"Right now, there’s several different ways that this can go, and each way is being thoroughly investigated" because the Army wants "to make sure that we get down to the bottom of exactly what happened," Woods said.
Rogers, from Keene, N.H., was a motor transport operator with the 41st Transportation Company, 18th Sustainment Support Battalion.
In television and newspaper interviews, Donna Jean Rogers, Rogers’ adoptive mother, has publicly criticized the lack of information given her by the Army. Because the investigation is still open, the Army can’t release any more information at this time, Woods said.
A memorial ceremony for Rogers will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Grafenwöhr Chapel.
Iraq vet Duckworth named for post at VAWASHINGTON — Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on her Black Hawk helicopter in 2004, was named an assistant secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday.
Duckworth, who had been serving as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, will direct VA’s public affairs and intergovernmental relations, according to a release from the White House. She also will oversee programs for homeless veterans, consumer affairs and special rehabilitative events. It is one of seven assistant secretary positions.
Military readies F-35s for Miramar air station
Military officials are paving the way for the arrival of the overdue, over-budget F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday.
Officials are scheduled, at a meeting Tuesday night in San Diego, to unveil plans to split 12 squadrons of the jets between nearby Miramar and the Marine air base in Yuma, Ariz., starting in 2012, the paper reported.
Five potential alternative plans would designate as few as two or as many as 10 squadrons at Miramar, the Union-Tribune wrote. The F-35s would replace six squadrons of F/A-18 Hornets — about 90 aircraft — at Miramar, plus AV-8 Harriers at the Yuma base.