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MAINZ-KASTEL, Germany — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is alerting its customers to a recall notice concerning fans that may pose a fire hazard.

On the advice of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lasko Products of West Chester, Pa., is voluntarily recalling various models of box and pivoting floor fans, AAFES announced in a news release Wednesday.

Photos, detailed information and a complete listing of the models can be found at the company Web site, www.laskoproducts.com.

While the recall applies to more than a dozen fan models, AAFES carried only a few of them, said AAFES spokeswoman Debbie Byerly. The styles and models sold in exchanges were: Lasko Box Fan, models 3700, 3723, 3733 and 3750; Lasko Air Companion, model 3515; and Galaxy Box Fan, model 3733. Model numbers are on the bottom of the fans.

Consumers should stop using the fans and contact Lasko for a free fan protection cord adaptor.

For more information, go to the Lasko Web site or call the company at: 1-800-984-3311.

NATO plans anti-sub exerciseMilitary personnel from 10 NATO nations are preparing for what officials call the world’s largest annual anti-submarine warfare exercise. The exercise begins Friday in the Ionian Sea, southeast of Sicily, according to a NATO press release.

Between Friday and March 1, eight submarines — one each from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and the United States and two from Turkey, will take turns being the hunter as well as the prey in the exercise — called Noble Manta ’06.

Other participating nations are Canada, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Other military assets include 15 maritime patrol aircraft/landing-based anti-submarine helicopters and eight surface ships.

More than 80 air missions are planned, and forces will use both U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, and the Sicilian airport Fontanarossa, the news release states.

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