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VOGELWEH, Germany — A suspicious item discovered in a vehicle entering Pulaski Barracks Monday afternoon forced the closure of the base for several hours, said Michael Bowers, a spokesman for the Vogelweh-based 415th Base Support Battalion.

The item was discovered about 1 p.m. and the vehicle isolated, Bowers said. The nearby commissary and AAFES shoppette also were evacuated.

Kim Walz, a spokeswoman for the Army’s Installation Management Agency-Europe, said the shutdown ended about 4 p.m.

Neither Walz nor Bowers had any information about the vehicle itself or what the suspicious item was.

Dolan takes command of 345th RAOC

BAMBERG, Germany — Lt. Col. Nels “Spike” Dolan has replaced Lt. Col. William Ramos as commander of the 345th Rear Area Operations Center, a U.S. Army Reserve unit that provides command and control assistance to V Corps.

Dolan’s selection to command the 345th culminates a 22-year military career in all components of the Army: active-duty, National Guard and Army Reserve. His last assignment was chief, Support Operations for U.S. Army Europe G-3 (Operations). In his civilian job, he serves as the 7th Army Training Command’s chief of operations.

Ramos, who had commanded the 345th since May 2001, led the unit through its deployment to Iraq in March 2003. In Iraq, working with the 64th Corps Support Group and V Corps, the unit provided terrain management and base and supply route security. It returned to Germany in February.

The 345th RAOC is one of three Germany-based Army Reserve rear area operation centers under the 7th ARCOM, headquartered in Schwetzingen.

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