European briefs: Hohenfels looking into loss of money from club
U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels is investigating the loss of $2,500 from an on-post entertainment facility. Garrison spokesman Troy Darr said Friday the money was discovered missing during a recent routine audit of The Zone — an on-post club formerly known as The Great Escape — which includes a bar and dining area.
Criminal Investigation Command officials and military police were notified and an investigation is under way, Darr said.
Results of the investigation should be available in two weeks, he said.
Ramstein airman’s death still under investigationAir Force security forces and German police are still investigating the death of a Ramstein, Germany-based airman found in a wooded area near base on Sunday morning.
Members of the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron went looking for the airman after his wife reported him missing on Saturday, an Air Force spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.
The man, whose name is not being released, was assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base.
The Air Force has released few details on the death. An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death, said Darlene Cowsert, a base spokeswoman, on Monday.
The wife called base security forces because the man left home Saturday without taking his vehicle keys and identification card, Cowsert said. When he failed to return on Sunday, she called security forces a second time. When Air Force and German police searched the area near the airman’s home in Mackenbach, they found his body in the woods.
Post allowance stable across most of EuropeThe State Department made few changes to post allowance payments in Europe, according to the latest allowance rates posted over the weekend.
Among locations where significant numbers of U.S. troops are based, only the Azores, Portugal — including Lajes Field — and Brussels, Belgium, saw increases.
According to a memo posted on the State Department Web site, the U.S. dollar-to-euro exchange rate was responsible for the increases. The U.S. dollar fell against the euro last week, but held up against the British pound.
In Portugal, the increase means an employee with one dependent making between $28,000 and $29,999 per year will get about $167 in post allowance during the pay period.
Allowance rates did not change in the United Kingdom or Germany. In Italy, rates for Rome and Nettuno went up, while rates in the rest of the country went untouched.