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Post allowance paid to qualifying civilian employees stationed in Chievres, Belgium, including SHAPE, dropped Sunday.

The decrease means that an employee who makes between $42,000 and $44,999 and has two dependents will get about $84 less in post allowance this pay period than last.

The allowance for Chievres last changed Nov. 25, when it went up. The recent drop puts it back where it was before that increase.

Post allowance is a cost-of-living allowance paid to offset the high cost of certain goods and services in some overseas locations.

Troops warned to avoid London embassy protestRAF MILDENHALL, England — U.S. troops and civilians in England were advised to stay away from a protest scheduled Friday outside the U.S. Embassy in London.

All military members, dependents and Department of Defense employees were told to avoid the area for their own safety, according to the notice.

The event is expected to bring in 400 people protesting the sixth anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. Demonstrators will be wearing prison and military uniforms to attract media outlets, the notice said.

Coast Guard wants $96.1 million refund for shipsWASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin are open to negotiating a refund for faulty ships they provided the Coast Guard, but do not appear ready to fork over the $96.1 million the agency has requested.

The Coast Guard in May revoked its acceptance of eight 123-foot patrol boats due to hull buckling and a month later identified problems with other equipment and systems provided by Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp.

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