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A memorial service will be held in Baghdad, Iraq, at 11 a.m. Thursday for a V Corps soldier who died of noncombat-related injuries.

Pfc. Kenneth C. Souslin, of the 440th Signal Battalion, 22nd Signal Brigade, out of Darmstadt, Germany, died Monday at Baghdad International Airport, according to a Department of Defense statement.

The memorial for Souslin, 21, of Mansfield, Ohio, will be held only in Iraq.

The incident remains under investigation.

GI gets three years for drug use, distribution

WüRZBURG, Germany — A Vilseck-based soldier has been sentenced to three years in prison for distributing the party drug Ecstasy to other soldiers and for possession or use of an array of other drugs.

Pvt. Blair J. Verbeck, 21, of the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of use, possession and distribution of both hashish and Ecstasy, as well as use of marijuana, amphetamines and methamphetamines.

The military judge, Lt. Col. Robin Hall, also ordered that Verbeck receive a bad-conduct discharge, said Capt. Sean Condren, senior trial counsel for the 1st ID’s staff judge advocate’s office.

Condren said Verbeck received some of the drugs from other soldiers, and he distributed about 100 Ecstasy pills to at least two other soldiers, both of whom he said have been separated from the Army.

Power outage Saturday in Naples

NAPLES, Italy — There will be a four-hour power outage at the Naval Support Activity’s Gricignano housing area Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, as workers install new electric meters at the base.

According to Chief Petty Officer Ernie Leung of NSA Public Works, telephones will not be affected, and the Gricignano fire department, hospital and American Forces Network television and radio station will remain open.

Leung said that telephones and gas ranges in the apartments will work, but the electrical igniters on the ranges won’t. Individual unit water heaters also will not work during the outage.

Scholarships for spouses

The National Military Family Association has launched its Military Spouse Scholarship program, awarding $1,000 to assist with tuition, fees, books and school room and board.

Spouses of servicemembers can be awarded the scholarship money for up to four academic years, as long as the funds are paid directly to the educational institution and they apply each year.

Selection for this scholarship is based on completion of an essay question along with community involvement and achievement, according to the NMFA Web site.

Military spouses interested in the program should apply at www.nmfa.org before March 31. Applicants must be currently attending or accepted in a university on the graduate level on a full-time or part-time status, or be accepted or enrolled in a certification program.

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