American security contractor killed in alcohol-related crash in Japan By Hana Kusumoto and Teri Weaver, Stars and Stripes Pacific edition, Saturday, November 7, 2009
TOKYO — A U.S. military security contractor was killed last week in a drunken-driving crash in northern Japan, local Japanese officials confirmed Wednesday.
The crash — the area’s second fatal alcohol-related incident in recent weeks — prompted the local mayor on Thursday to write to the U.S. Army commander of the Shariki Communications Site in Tsugaru, urging him to emphasize traffic safety among the staff at the rural base.
Greg A. Williams, 48, who worked for Chenega Security & Protection Services, died shortly after 11:30 p.m. Oct. 30 after his car smashed into a bridge pillar, flipped and burst into flames, officials said.
On Monday, the communications site commander, Capt. Kirby Atwell, visited Tsugaru mayor Hiroyoshi Fukushima to apologize, according to the city spokesman.
Atwell commands Detachment 3, 1st Space Brigade at the site, which opened in 2006.
It’s home to a handful of soldiers and a few dozen contractors who oversee an AN/TPY-2 radar system, which can track incoming ballistic missiles.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s 21st Air Defense Missile Squadron is stationed nearby.