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NAPLES, Italy — The Turkish military community at Allied Joint Force Command outside Naples will hold an International Children’s Festival on Thursday at the Bagnoli base.

Music, plays, songs, dances and folklore shows will entertain several hundred children from the four NATO elementary schools at JFC Naples and five schools in the Naples area, according to a news release.

The event, held in conjunction with the 87th Turkish celebration of National Children’s Day, will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The main purpose behind International Children’s Festival is to bring together the children of different nations. It will commemorate the April 23, 1920, inauguration of The Grand National Turkish Assembly, led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Ataturk had dedicated that day as a gift to the nation’s children, and it has been celebrated with children’s festivals since, the release states.

Navy dropping PSAs as part of downsizingThe Navy is getting rid of Personnel Support Activities as the service continues to downsize in areas and streamline its work force.

Sailors shouldn’t notice the housekeeping change, and their ability to use respective Personnel Support Detachments won’t be affected, said Lt. Cmdr. Wendy Snyder, a spokeswoman for Navy Region Europe.

By the start of the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, PSD commanders will report to their local shore base commanding officers instead of the “directorate level” PSA commanders, Snyder said.

The Navy will close all four of its PSAs. They are in Naples, Italy; San Diego; Norfolk, Va.; and Japan.

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