REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Retired Lt. Gen. Larry J. Dodgen, a former commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, died of an apparent heart attack while playing tennis on Saturday. He was 60. Dodgen retired from the Army in January 2007 after more than 34 years service. After retiring from the Army, Dodgen went to work for Northrop Grumman in Huntsville, Ala.

There will be a public viewing Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m., at the Laughlin Funeral Home, which is located at 2320 Bob Wallace Ave. in Huntsville, Ala.

A memorial service is planned for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Bicentennial Chapel on Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Seating at the chapel is limited as it will only hold 380 people. Priority at the chapel will be for family, close friends and dignitaries.

When the chapel reaches capacity, visitors will be redirected to remote viewing locations which will have a live feed of the service. The two locations are the Redstone Officer's and Civilian's Club and the Bob Jones Auditorium (Sparkman Center).

The memorial service will also be aired on Channel 42 for those who cannot make it to one of the remote locations.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery following a service at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer, Va., March 11 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have donations made to the American Heart Association.

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