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The U.S. military will cease operations at the Army Pre-positioned Site at RAF Hythe, England, by the end of September, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

The pullout is the result of a U.S. European Command force structure realignment and transformation plan that identified the U.S. Army storage facility near Southampton as excess to the Army’s needs, according to an Army news release.

The action is expected to save $15.2 million annually, and will affect one U.S. servicemember, one U.S. DOD civilian employee and 210 local employees, the release stated.

Big, bad band swings into ItalyNAPLES, Italy — The swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, which gained popularity during the swing craze in the 1990s with the hit “Zoot Suit Riot,” on Friday will kick off a weekend of celebrations with a free concert.

The show for servicemembers, U.S. civilians and their families will be held at the amphitheater at the Naval Support Activity Naples support site in Gricignano.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the open-air amphitheater next to the Fitness Forum gym and swimming pool, a base spokeswoman said. The seven-member band also will sign autographs at the Navy Exchange from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The NEX and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host a customer appreciation celebration Saturday and Sunday with $10,000 worth of prizes and giveaways, including four trips to Paris, London, Prague and Berlin, Chief Petty Officer Dawn Scott said.

Free breakfast and lunch also will be available.

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