European news briefs: Wiesbaden memorial planned
WIESBADEN, Germany — A memorial service is planned Friday for a command sergeant major who died last week following a bout with cancer.
Scores of friends and colleagues are expected to pay tribute to Command Sgt. Maj. James Adams at a 2 p.m. service at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield chapel. Adams had been assigned to V Corp’s 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion.
“He died of complications as a result of bone cancer,” said Bill Roche, a corps spokesman.
Adams was 42.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Adams’ name to the Army Emergency Relief fund, Roche said.
A native of New Orleans, Adams served as an Army intelligence analyst for 22 years, according to a news release. He became command sergeant major for the 302nd this past September.
A highly decorated soldier, he held several assignments in Germany and also served in South Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and the United States.
Adams is survived by his father and stepmother, Richard and Amy Adams of Prince George, Va.
Stateside funeral arrangements are pending.
1st AD spouse’s death investigated
WIESBADEN, Germany — Authorities are investigating the death of the wife of a 1st Armored Division soldier serving in Iraq, a division spokesman said Thursday.
Linda M. Lapierre, 49, was discovered unconscious Sunday in the couple’s Wiesbaden apartment, said Army Sgt. Gregory Withrow, a 1st AD spokesman.
“She was found by the daughter,” Withrow said.
Her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lapierre of the 501st Military Intelligence Battalion, was deployed to Iraq, but has since returned to Wiesbaden to console the couple’s three children.
In a division news release, Army officials made no mention of any signs of foul play. Withrow said Army officials routinely investigate deaths that occur when no one else is immediately present.
The daughter was unable to elicit any response from her mom when she found her shortly after 2:15 p.m., Withrow said. Military and German authorities tried to revive Lapierre minutes later, but couldn’t. Lapierre was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m.
Authorities, Withrow said, “are still investigating” the case. No further information, including a memorial service, was immediately available.
myPay tax statements available to some
Tax statements for some reservists and federal civilian employees now are available online through the military's myPay program, while others, including active-duty forces, will have access later this month.
Reservists from the Army, Navy and Air Force, along with military annuitants, retirees, and Defense and Energy Department civilian employees, can view and print their W-2 and 1099 statements effective immediately, according to a release from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
Marine Corps Reserve and active-duty members will have access to the service between Jan. 13 and Jan. 21, and active-duty members from the Army, Air Force, and Navy will have statements posted between Jan. 16 and Jan. 26.
The service is available online at https://mypay.dfas.mil. Help also is available by calling myPay customer support at (800) 390-2348. MyPay is an online pay accounting system that allows individuals to take control of their pay information in a safe and secure manner. The system offers faster enhanced services, security, accessibility and reliability to all customers.