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WIESBADEN, Germany — A memorial service for the 11-year-old son of a Wiesbaden soldier is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield chapel.

German and U.S. authorities said there was no indication of foul play in the death of Andrew Holmes. The boy’s mother, Staff Sgt. Shevaun Holmes, is assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. "They found no indication of foul play or evidence of alcohol or drugs in his system," said an Army spokesperson in Europe who requested anonymity.

Holmes was found unresponsive Wednesday morning in his family’s on-base apartment. German paramedics pronounced him dead a short time later. An autopsy was performed by German authorities Thursday afternoon.

German police assumed jurisdiction in the case, with Army investigators supporting their efforts.

Green Beret assumes command of GrafenwöhrGRAFENWÖHR, Germany — A Green Beret has taken command of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr.

Col. Nils "Chris" Sorenson, a 24-year Army veteran who served with the Special Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, took over from the outgoing USAG Grafenwöhr commander, Col. Brian Boyle, during a ceremony Thursday.

Sorenson, of Houston, comes to Grafenwöhr from the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he helped develop homeland defense programs.

The garrison experienced a period of drastic change during Boyle’s tenure with more than $1 billion worth of construction under way to transform the base into America’s largest overseas military facility.

Boyle praised garrison staff and soldiers assigned to units stationed at a place he described as "one of the Army’s best-kept secrets."

Ruptured aorta cited as cause of GI’s death

A Grafenwöhr, Germany-based soldier who died June 27 while on leave in Guntersville, Ala., died from hemopericardium, or blood in the pericardium, the fluid-filled lining that surrounds the heart.

Spc. Toney L. Goble II, 24, of 12th Chemical Company, was found deceased in the bedroom of a friend. According to Mike Turner, an investigator with the Guntersville Police Department, an autopsy revealed that Goble suffered a ruptured aorta, which caused blood to flow into the pericardium.

Investigators had previously been told that Goble had Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that could result in a weakening of arteries.

DSN telephone lines up and running at StripesKAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — DSN telephone lines are now functioning at European Stars and Stripes’ new headquarters.

The following is a list of the main DSN and commercial extensions at the Kaiserslautern office in Bldg. 3208 on Kleber Kaserne.

- Advertising: 583-9001; 0631-3615-9001

- Editorial: 583-9301; 0631-3615-9301

- Circulation: 583-9101; 0631-3615-9101

- Finance: 583-9211; 06301-3615-9211

- Command section: 583-9401; 0631-3615-9401


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