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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - June 8, 1999, Darmstadt, Hesse Tuesday june 8,1999 a hmm a sky a the stars Amo stripes Page 3hall Hopes to keep morale High sergeant major of the army favors Advance notice of deployments Saroyan major of Tea army Robart halt mid tha four major Fataua to Sofia a Are Batter pay eur meant housing and medical care. A. / a r. A a a. By Cindy Elmore Stuttgart Bureau stir Roain Germany when Robert Hall was a Young staff sergeant in Germany he remembers not being Home very Diode a a Quot a a a. A a a. There were Ell those cold War raining missions at Grafen Wuhr Vilseck and Hohenfels Alt hat practice for possible world War against the soviet Union the difference Between Hen and now is that Hall knew when he was coming Home. And he knew when he was going out into the held again it was All scheduled All arranged. It a now he s the sergeant major of the army and Hall understands that his troops very rarely have the luxury of knowing in Advance when they Wilt be away from Home. Or for How Long. When he visited soldiers at task Force Hawk in Albania last weekend Hall said he came away feeling that morale is High but said troops wanted to know a an end a you know Horn the fact that they re great soldiers that they were hoping to go a do the Mission and come on Homer Hall said. A but they understand that it s not the kind of Mission where you can give them a Start Date and an end Date right where the army can do so it is trying to better schedule its deployments with some Advance notice Hall said. So he i oth Mountain division tight infantry of fort drum. , was told Well in Advance that it Wilt be going to Bosnia in August 1999. And the 49th division of the Texas army National guard has been fold already that it will take the Bosnia Mission in 2000. Quot we be never done that before Hall said in an interview in Stuttgart on sunday. A by going out and telling them in Advance it at lows units to prepare to deploy. It allows the soldiers time to deploy and it allows ears on enlisted issues particularly train ing and Quality of life. Lall said he is Happy with the army s re tuntion rates. He said about half of first Wermers re enlist about 70 percent of mid careerists sip up for another term and about 95 percent of career soldiers Are staying in the army a there s no mass exodus because of de c Hail said. A they re staying at a stoically High rates. F think they like doing the deployments they like doing the Mission hey like doing what they re trying to Hail addressed soldiers in Stuttgart on Friday before visiting task Force Hawk in Albania Over the weekend he stopped in Stuttgart again sunday in route to the United states. Hall 52, was sworn in As the Lith sergeant major of the army in october 1997 to replace sergeant major of the army Gene Mckinney who was facing charges of sexual misconduct at the time. In March 1998, Mckinney was acquitted of 18 of 19 charges filed against him. Hall s tour in the Job has been extended until june 2000. In the position. Hall serves As the senior leadership s a eyes and to do a a As for recruiting. Hall said the army expects to miss its goal by about 5,000 this year a situation made tougher by the booming Economy and the increased desire by parents for their children to go to College right after High school the answer. Hall said is going after the High school graduate who does t want College right away the College student who wants a break to figure out what he or she wants to do for a living and the College graduate who does t want a 9to>5 Job. More Money in t the answer although it helps Hall said. The army College fund however is a tremendous recruiting incentive he said. S son police have suspect in bludgeoning death by Kevin Dougherty Kaiserslautern Bureau Ramstein Germany the son of a . Air Force colonel at Ramstein air base was found bludgeoned to death in a wooded area near the base and German police have arrested a . Civilian who As confessed to the killing German and american officials said monday. Authorities found the body of Joseph Lawrence Whitehurst 21, late Friday a Day after his father or col Lawrence Whitehurst the commander of the 86th medical group reported his son As missing. The younger Whitehurst known Asay had been living with his parents on base in government quarters. German investigators who Are handling the Case would not identify tire suspect other than to say he is a 20-year-old male from the United states. One news release from the German police described the suspect As a a homeless Quot Man living in the Woods in the general Vicinity of where the the crime occurred. A the suspect was t related to anybody at Ramstein Quot said air Force la. Col. Tom Christie the base spokesman a and he Wasny to employed at Ramstein Quot circumstances surrounding the apparent homicide were sketchy German investigators weren to elaborating much beyond their official statements in part they said because they w Ere still piecing together w hat happened German officials said co Whitehurst called authorities thursday to report his son missing from Home the colonel had last seen his son May 30 based on the missing person s report. German and military police located Jay Whitehurst s ear later that Day die pm. I. A y a a w1 a a v &4v of Dkl Tofta body of a 21-year-om american Jay Whitehurst wee found in Thia wooded area Between the Village of a Atteln and Ramstein air Bate Germany. What Shurat the Eon of air Force col. Lawrence what Shurat apparently was bludgeoned to death by a 20-year-old american Man who has con feared to the crime. Car was parked Down the Street from the Ramstein Village outdoor Pool which is of the Edge of town in a Section buffered by Woods that separate it from an air base perimeter Fence. Although police found the car they did not find any Trace of Whitehurst until late the next Day a military police officer who returned to the scene after his shift Friday Evnin ventured deeper into the Woods an found the body lying on the ground and the it Man police covered with leaves according to Ger on saturday while investigators were searching for clues at the crime scene authorities picked up the suspect As he stood outdoors in the Center of town lie confessed to the crime later that Daun Der police questioning said Loihuu wet Dier a spokesman for the German Onmi Nal investigation office in Kaiserslautern Thomas Lissman a German prosecutor in Wei Brincken said monday that the suspect has Given police and Justice officials a confession tilled with details that correspond to the crime scene. According to police a club of some Type bloodied and found at the scene is believed to be the weapon used. Lissmann said the suspect most Likely will be indicted on a charge of manslaughter. The trial should Lake place in september or october Lissmann said people convicted in Germany of manslaughter can face file to 15 years in prison Christie the Hast spokesman said col Whitehurst has been assigned to Ham Stein for almost four years plans Lor a memorial and funeral Servo is were it Din Gold on . Bases of from staff and wire reports Kapaun As Germany european commissary stores and shop Pettes Are not affected by a recall of Prosbee infant formula that was triggered by a Labelling error. Mead Johnson nutritional is recalling 7.000 cases of the 8-ounce cans of infant formula affected by the error. At least one can of an adult nutritional supplement was miss Abele As the infant formula according to a company spokesman. The 8-ounce can labelled As Prosbee infant formula actually contained the nutritional supplement Vanilla Sudiacal. Infants led Mustaca who Are ill at risk of dehydration or highly sensitive to milk protein could face severe medical problems Mead Johnson said in a statement. No cases of illness have been reported to Mead Johnson because of the Labelling error. The company ordered the recall because other cans in the 7,000-Case Batch May have been miss Abele. The containers of Prosbee Are sold in four pack fib aboard Cartons. The Batch being recalled is coded t nov99/prosob/akn13 and was shipped to stores late last year the Batch in question contained about 120.000 cans. Commissaries carry Prosbee products in powder concentrate and ready to use varieties but a commissary spokesman said the defense commissary Agency ear Ries the 32 ounce ready to use variety instead of the 8-ounce version being recalled the shopper pcs run by the army and air f orce Exchange service carry Only the 13-ounce liquid concentrate in fail Prosbee Consumers with questions about the re Call can Call he Mead Johnson customer resource Center at 1 885 �?~>87 7273 ibis is nut a Lull Iree All from Zumpe icon ,ui�� j to . I tip it i i Wiuff Clia it. K vice of m Iii a ass it c i a a

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