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Post allowances will remain steady for the next two weeks at most European locations where U.S. troops are based, although civilians working in Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey will see a slight increase, the State Department’s Office of Allowances announced Sunday in a memo.

Civilians stationed in the Netherlands will see a 10-point jump, which is about $100 a paycheck for a person with three dependents earning $45,000 a year.

The same worker in Belgium will see an $83 increase every paycheck, or a $50 bump in Turkey.

Naples smog ban may catch foreign motoristsNAPLES, Italy — Motorists in Naples will be barred from driving downtown for several hours over the next few days under the city’s anti-smog plan.

The ban began Monday and runs through Wednesday in city center areas. Vehicles that are not "eco-friendly" are barred from driving downtown from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the ban. The ban does not affect public transportation, including taxis and bus service.

U.S. and NATO military and civilians driving vehicles registered with Allied Forces Italy plates are exempt from the driving ban, regardless of whether they have had those AFI plates converted to what are called "cover plates," or tags that resemble Italian license plates.

However, because Italian police won’t know at first sight if the vehicles have cover plates, U.S. and NATO motorists might be stopped. Be prepared to present vehicle registration forms to local authorities.

Bagby assumes duties as USAREUR chiefMaj. Gen. Byron S. Bagby, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army’s new chief of staff, assumed official duties last week, the Army announced Monday.

As chief of staff, Bagby is responsible for directing and coordinating the command’s operations and policies. Bagby also functions as a conduit between the staff and commander, ensuring that relevant insight and information is communicated.

Bagby replaced Brig. Gen. Russell L. Frutiger. Bagby’s previous assignment was as commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.


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