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Vol. 27 No. 43

November 12, 2010

Sigonella Jaguars win Division III title By Rusty Bryan

Photo by Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes

Sigonella's Jeff Lastrella rushes for a big gain before Alconbury's Justin Thibodeua, left, and Cameron Hall can bring him down. Lastrella scored the Jaguars' third touchdown of the day a few plays later, on their way to winning the Division III crown with a 1912 win.

Stars and Stripes BAUMHOLDER, Germany – Whatever problems the Sigonella Jaguars had in holding onto the ball in a steady Baumholder rain in Saturday’s DODDS-Europe Division III championship game, their defense made up for in a 19-12 victory. “We tried swapping balls, and going to different balls,” Sigonella assistant coach Robert Haueisen said after his team survived an eight-fumble afternoon — three of them lost. “Nothing worked.” Nothing worked on the equipment level, at least. Leading 19-0 with 6 minutes, 57 seconds to go in the third quarter, the Jags dropped the ball on all three of their remaining possessions, losing JAGUARS, continued on page 13

A NAS Sigonella single Sailor meets with a single Sailor from the 41st Stormo as part of the FFSC’s Amici program. The Amici program links American service members to their Italian counterpart so that they can learn more about each others’ culture.

Students donate Halloween candy An Amici program first to deployed troops

Photo by 41st Stormo Command Chief Master Sergeant Giuseppe Stimolo

By MC2 Gary Prill NPASE East The Health Promotions office at the U.S. Naval Hospital on Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella began a three-day candy buy-back program Nov. 1, with the help of the students from the Stephen Decatur Elementary School. “Back in the states, many dentists participate in this candy buyback program to give children an opportunity to give away their candy so they won’t be eating all of it, so we tried to do this activity here” said program coordinator Cmdr. Willie Chao. “This year, we have donations from Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and the All Officers Spouse’s Club (AOSC) for Navy Hospital Sigonella Dentist Cmdr. Willie Chao helps a student weigh the candy he brought in to donate to deployed troops.

Captain’s Mast Results MA2: Violation of UCMJ articles 107, 109, and 134. Awarded 30 days restriction and 30 days extra duty. MASN: Violation of UCMJ article 86. Awarded reduction in rate, forfeiture of 1/2 months pay times 2 months, 45 days restriction and 45 days extra duty.

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Weather update

Nov. 12 H: 70 L: 53

Nov. 13 H: 70 L: 57

Nov. 14 H: 71 L: 58

Make sure you don’t miss Chaplain Coates’ last article for The Signature. The Signature staff wishes him fair winds and following seas.

The football panel is back with their latest picks. Have you been following along? 



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To date total (inc. E-Giving): Total Donors: 464 Total Donations: $88,708 Overall Participation: 25%

Week 5 Total Donors: 88 Total Donations: $18,257 Unit of the week: Hospital $5,934 donated Leading Units Total donations: Hospital $13,314

Nov. 15 H: 71 L: 57

Check out this weekend’s festival in Agria. This annual family-oriented event celebrates the town's specialty, a mouthwatering half-moon shaped pastry

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By Cinzia Spampinato The Fleet and Family Support Center at NAS Sigonella offers a variety of intercultural opportunities to all active duty and family members stationed at Sigonella. One of these opportunities is an intercultural exchange activity called the amici program. The Amici program connects single American service members and American service members with families to their Italian counterparts. The goal of this program is to bring individuals of similar situations together to experience full immersion in their counterpart’s culture. Because this program has been so successful, the FFSC invited the Italian Military to participate by providing an expansion of the Italian population base. On Nov. 3, the first Italian Military participant met his single sailor counterpart at an informal

introduction held at the FFSC. Accompanied and supported by FFSC staff (Dr. Marlene Casel, Cinzia Spampinato, Andrea Carobene, and Agata Carnazza) and representatives from the 41st Stormo A/S (Lt. Col. Salvatore Verga and Command Chief Master Sergeant Giuseppe Stimolo); these two young military counterparts enjoyed an initial introduction and time to make immediate plans for future activities. The Amici program is open to all American and Italian Military personnel interested in immersion into the American/Italian Culture. Families and single sailors are encouraged to join this progressive movement that is designed to increase appreciation for cultural similarities and understanding of cultural differences. If you are interested in joining the Amici program, contact the FFSC at 624-4291.

Traffic Numbers

Participation: NMC, 75% Donation per capita: Safety, $243

Nov. 16 H: 67 L: 55

Nov. 17 H: 66 L: 54

It’s the city that was rocked by an earthquake many years ago, Poggioreale. This long weekend, go and see how time stood still.

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Nov. 18 H: 65 L: 55

Bingo is back! Get out your dobbers and get ready to play! Get all the details on the MWR page.

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Direct Line The Nov. 4 Feedback Live received so many questions via the web that some of them couldn’t be covered in the allotted time, so we devoted this and the 19th November Direct Lines to answer them. Please keep sending your questions via email but remember that it is a live call in show and you can get your question answered on the spot. Feedback Live is held on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. To call in live on the show, please dial 624-4265 or 095-56-4265. We are now also on Simulcast on 106.0 the EAGLE!! Q1. Our NAS 1 Security walkup window is often the first place a visitor sees upon boarding our station. With all due respect, every time I have had need to escort a visitor there for base access, the filth, cobwebs and general "ratty" appearance has made me cringe and suffer embarrassment OBO the world's greatest Navy. Can't something / any-

NASSIG Executive Officer, Capt. Joe Beadles

thing be done to improve the situation? A1.This area was previously under a cleaning contract that has since expired. The area has been cleaned by military personnel. Q2. I was wondering why military personnel are unable to qualify at the gun range for various accolades without having to be a part of, or assigned to, ASF training? A2: The NASSIG weapons range is funded solely for the purposed of training NSF/ASF personnel. Available training ammunition per annum, weapons lifecycle, and range maintenance prevents us from offering training to the installation. Q3. I utilize the NAS I gym on an almost daily basis. Each day when I walk into the Ladies Locker Room, I nearly trip over a bright orange cone that is there, apparently to keep me from tripping over an exposed drain that has not been fixed. This outstanding maintenance issue has

Healthy Joints Article by Lt. Cmdr. Sergio Lombardo During this period of the year when many of us warm up and prepare for the Physical Readiness Test (PRT), it is an appropriate time to encourage good health and fitness for your joints. In the human body, joints connect two or more bones together to help serve the functional requirements of the m u s c u loskeletal system. Joints are highly variable and are classified based on their structure and function. For the purpose of this discussion, we will focus on synovial joints, the most mobile and most common type. In this joint, the opposing bony surfaces are covered with a layer of smooth cartilage. Synovial joints contain a joint cavity, which includes a synovial membrane with synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is clear, gel-like fluid which serves to lubricate the joint and decrease friction during motion. Examples of synovial joints include the foot, ankle, hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, hand and wrist. These joints provide for structural support, movement and mobility. Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Butler Public Affairs Officer Lt. Matt Knight Deputy Public Affairs Officer Dott. Alberto Lunetta Editor Tracie Barnthouse Staff Writers/ Photographers MC1 Christopher Delano MC2 Gary Prill MCSA Cameron Bramham The Signature editorial office is located at: Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily PSC 812 Box 3020, FPO, AE 09627 Telephone: 095-86-5440: DSN 6245440 This civilian enterprise (CE) newspaper is an authorized publication for

With injury or overuse, the cartilage in the joint can become damaged, causing a narrowing of the joint space and the bones to rub together. This can lead to inflammation, pain, stiffness and swelling, also known as arthritis. The word “arthritis” comes from the Greek word ‘arthro’ meaning joint and –“itis”, for inflamm a t i o n . There are many different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, also called degenerative joint disease (DJD); autoimmune arthritis, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, a disease in which the body attacks its own tissues; and infectious arthritis, where an infection has spread to the joint space. Arthritis is an increasing public health concern in the United States. According to a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), arthritis results in costs of $128 billion annually and continues to be the most common cause of disability (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 8 October 2010). This report found that 22.2% JOINTS, continued on page 13 members of the military services overseas. Contents of The Signature are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense (DoD), or the U.S. Navy. The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the DoD or Stampa Generale S.r.l., of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The Signature is published weekly by Stampa Generale S.r.l., Sig. Bruno Brandi, Publisher, Naval Support

been in the same status for well over a year. Is there any reason that PW cannot fix this? Seems like one trip hazard has been exchanged for another. Is there a trouble call placed for this and if so, again, why can't this be fixed? A3. A new grate will be installed shortly to repair this exposed floor drain and material has been ordered to correct the stall door issue. Please continue to report any facilities issues you might have to the Facilities Maintenance Representative (FMR) for your respective command or department. Our recent PWD Info-Gram listed all NASSIG FMRs. In addition, anybody can simply call the PWD Help Desk to report a problem. That number is 624-6013. Q4. I was wondering why there is no lighting in the fitness center/midtown parking lot on NAS I. With the winter season approaching, it is quite dark there in the early

morning hours. A4. PWD utilities personnel had been working this issue which was a problem with a main breaker which services the exterior lights around the east end of Midtown. We have since corrected this problem and the lighting is now back on. As always, please feel free to report this problem to your organizational FMR or call the PWD Help Desk at 6246013. The questions, comments and concerns stated in this column do not constitute the official position of the U.S. Navy and are submitted by members of the community.

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049 ROMAN CATHOLIC Sunday 0830 Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) 1200 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1130 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel)

PROTESTANT Sunday 1045 Protestant Worship (NAS I)

JEWISH LAY SERVICES First Friday 1800 Shabbat Service (NAS I Chapel)

CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE Sunday 1530 NAS I Chapel Call 624-5128 or 338-736-3061

OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES POINTS OF CONTACT Latter-day Saints: Sunday 1300 Catania Chapel,; 624-1393 AA Meetings: Monday,Wednesday, Friday – 1900, NAS II Chapel, 346-840-7745

Emergency Management Office Be prepared to be on your own for at least three days. Seven is better! The BASIC FIVE: Water, Food, Heat, Cash, Radio; Family Communications Plan: Phone Numbers & Rally Points; Public Protection Strategies: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place; Web info:; Emergency info: AFN 106.0 FM; Questions? Call the EM Office at 624-2630, 8265 or 2621. Activity, Capodichino (Naples), Italy Tel. 081-568-7884, Fax 081-568-7887. E-mail: Editorial submissions are welcomed from all Naval Air Station Sigonella departments, divisions and tenant commands. Editorial submissions should be sent to the Public Affairs Office via or hand-delivered to our office no later than the close of business on the Friday proceeding the expected publication date. All articles submitted by non-staff members will be considered contributing writers. The Signature will not publish any anonymous articles. All advertisements in this publication are the property of Stampa Generale S.r.l. Any reproduction of advertisements in The Signature is unauthorized without the written consent of the publisher.

Blown Away! Blown away! I use the phrase in a light-hearted manner. It comes in handy when something occurs far outside the boundaries of our expectations. Last Sunday evening, I thought I had a realistic set of expectations. I knew some good friends were going to host a gathering to say farewell to my family during my last weekend on the island. I was confident there would be plenty of delicious food. I was even aware of some fun, planned activities. But I never thought I would be blown away. The event completely shattered my expectations. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who gathered. I was absolutely delighted with the spread of food though I suspect there were at least four dishes I did not taste for every one dish I did. Even the set-up caught me by surprise. But all of that is just a drop in the bucket. What took my feet out from under me were the expressions of kindness from these people in the form of words, cards, the looks in their eyes, gifts of service, gifts I could hold, gifts I could watch and the free flow of tears. I was humbled beyond words and overflowing with thanksgiving. Here’s what caught my attention. I did not depart that event with an inflated ego presuming that I most

certainly had made an enormous impact on the lives of others during my time here. No. I was blown away by the extravagant, generous spirit of kindness and love by the people of Sigonella. The entire evening was a gift to me and my family. I accept their expressions but when it was all over, it was not the recipient of the gift that caught my attention. It was the givers of the gift. I could not get them out of my mind . . . nor did I have any desire to do so. We live in a violent world and one where loneliness is not uncommon. That’s why I specified my lighthearted use of the phrase “blown away.” I am sensitive to the horror of more sober connotations of the words. We have lost too many friends who were treated, whether emotionally or with weaponry, as though they had no substance or worth. A gust of evil has driven them from the realms of those who stand. A waft of cruel neglect has left them adrift precisely when their desire to be rooted cannot be denied. I wish they could stand in my shoes – not because of who I am but because I know those who are capable of affirming value and essence. It is the “givers” I want them to know. Now when it comes to ultimate matters, you know I am not a fan of fate. I don’t believe in it. No, I always appeal to personal agency even when it comes to ultimate reality. When Bob Dylan asked his toughest questions, he asserted that the answers were blowin’ in the wind. I like Bob . . . who, by the way, is a person. Still, my mind is drawn ultimately to the One who established the force of the wind. An impersonal carrier could never fill the vacuum of the human soul. By the time you read this, I will have left the island. Some will say I have PCSd and they will be right. But I think I am also right. There is a breath that hovers over the surface of the deep. I have not simply moved away from Sigonella. I have been blown away.

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Job opportunity

SECNAV Releases Veterans Day Message Special from the Secretary of the Navy WASHINGTON (NNS) -Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus released the following Veterans Day message to the fleet Nov. 8: "On Nov. 11 each year, the United States formally honors the service and sacrifice of more than 20 million living American veterans through their service, as well as all the men and women who have guaranteed our freedom and kept America secure against those who would harm us throughout the years. Our veterans represent the best of America. Coming from every background and every walk of life, they represent the rich tapestry of our nation and the multitude of cultures that make the United States unique upon the earth. On Veterans Day, we have an opportunity to thank them, to thank every Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airman and Coast Guardsmen who has ever worn the uniform for what they have done, and to thank those of you still in uniform for what you continue to do for the United States every day. Thank you for your service, Godspeed." For more news from the Secretary of the Navy, visit

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Attention Siognella:  The NMCRS needs your help! Every year, the children of Sigonella look forward to coming to our Santa’s Helper Sale and picking out gifts for their family. We would like to ask the community to take a look around their closets and donate giftable items collecting dust. Items can be dropped off at our office or at our Nearly New Shop donation bin. Let the children of Sigonella find a home for that picture frame that just doesn’t go, or that pair of snowflake socks your aunt sent. Please help us make this year’s sale a great success! For more information on the Santa’s Helper Sale, please contact the NMCRS office at 624-4212.

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kevin S. O'Brien

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus greets Marines assigned to the U.S. Embassy.

Beadles: Semi bird this week. West Virginia - okay - no birds directly involved here, but if I wanted to go to WV I’d have to fly on a bird (aeroplane to get there). Virginia Tech - Hokies!! With I think are birds... How did this game get on the list? I’ll go with the Cowboys - maybe tese guyhs can do what Dallas can’t - win! Back in the wild west, Cowboys frequently hunted birds in order to feed themselves (yeah I know it’s a stretch. Patriots! Zero bird connection here - but my Tom Brady is the most handsome man in the CFL theme continues, this week in Italiano. Tom Brady is un uomo b e l l o ! Seahawks! Patriots vs. Steelers Sea bird- as Seahawks vs. Cardinals well as the Ravens vs. Falcons nickname Cincinnati vs. W. Virginia for the Mighty SH- V. Tech vs. N. Carolina 60B helo I Wyoming vs. UNLV used to fly back in the d a y .

Ravens! Angry birds. Glasser: Well, I certainly know who one of us is going to pick... (cough, cough, Ashley). It just so happens this week I’m alson the Ravens wagon. This should be a great game in the dome. However, as we all know, DEFENSE wins championships! Ravens win the Veteran’s Day Special! Diem: Baltimore Ravens!! Besides the obvious (cough, cough... they’re the best!), the Ravens are gonna take the win! DEFENSE!! And Glasser, Baltimore has great defense and we shall see where they stand at the end

Capt. Joe Beadles, Jeremy MWR NASSIG Patriots


Seahawks Ravens W. Virginia V. Tech Wyoming Record: W-L Overall Record: 27-20 Last week: 5-1

Job Title: Field Office Assistant - JOB OPPORTUNITY with The American Red Cross, Sigonella Area of Interest: Service to the Armed Forces Qualifications: Job seekers must have SOFA status. U.S. citizens under ordinarily resident status are not eligible for employment under the Status of Forces A minimum of a high school diploma, plus a technical certificate or training and a minimum of one year related experience is required. Minimum of two years administrative experience is preferred. Knowledge of casework, counseling, social work or other related field is preferred. Experience with ARC programs and services are desired. Strong computer skills to include use of Internet/Intranet, word-processing, database and/or spreadsheet are required. Work is performed in a normal office environment located in Sigonella, Italy. Job seeker must meet the Sigonella, Italy security background check requirements for access to installation’s computer network. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden, unpredictable business needs. Some light lifting, stooping, and reaching may be required as related to filing or the re-stocking of office sup-

of the season!! I’ve got faith in my boys!!! Clifton: This is an interesting match-up between teams with young rising stars under center. Both teams also have premier running backs as well, but the advantage has to go to Baltimore because of the ferocious defense. It will be an excellent game to watch, but I believe Baltimore is the more well-rounded team and they will walk away victorious in this one. Vazana: Both of these teams are playing very good football now and both

Glasser, AC3 Michael Vazana, NASSIG

plies. Job Description: Job Summary: Position is located at Sigonella, Italy. Only job seekers residing in Italy should apply. Relocation will not be provided. The Field Office Assistant provides administrative support for a Red Cross office and assists in the delivery of Red Cross services to members of the military and their families assigned to Sigonella, Italy. May act in the absence of an Assistant Station Manager or a Field Office Coordinator. Provide work guidance to assigned volunteers. Provide services to customers and clients at a high level of customer service consistent with Service to the Armed Forces and American Red Cross standards. To apply for this position, go to, select becoming an employee, select national biomedical and put in search for field office assistant Sigonella, Italy and complete the application process and you will be contacted. Do not contact the local Red Cross Office due to your application process being done online.

are leading their divisions (will that remain true until this is published?). Flacco is shaking off his early season woes and Boldin is showing that he is definitely a #1 receiver. Atlanta definitely has things going their way too with the Ryan/Roddy White combo and Tuner running over everybody. As I have all these players on my fantasy team, I need them all to do real well. I hope to see a very high scoring game with all the mentioned names scoring three, four or five touchdowns each. The winner? Atlanta. They have too much firepower on that offense. Take that DIEM!!!!

ABH1 Ezekial LSSA Ashley Diem, Clifton, Emergency FISC Management








Ravens W. Virginia

Falcons Cincinnati


Ravens W. Virginia

V. Tech

V. Tech

Wyoming Record: W-L Overall Record: 30-17 Last week: 4-2

UNLV Record: W-L Overall Record: 27-20 Last week: 4-2

W. Virginia V. Tech

V. Tech



Record: W-L Overall Record: 26-21 Last week: 4-2

Record: W-L Overall Record: 26-21 Last week: 2-4

Carlitos New Hope

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Tobacco Cessation 9 a.m. FLC Ricotta Cheese Workshop 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. x4291

Don’t bet your life on it 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. x4291

Cooking Class 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. x4291

Survive and Thrive 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. x4291


Does your command or organization have an event you’d like to see on the Community Calendar? Email us at and let us know!




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Do you have a passion for writing or are you looking for a little experience in journalism? The Signature is seeking volunteers to help cover base wide events as well as feature stories. If this sounds like an opportunity for you please call the Public Affairs Office at 624-5440

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response SAPR offers a Sexual Assault Hotline staffed with trained advocates who man the SAPR Hotlines 24/7. The number is 335-642-8312 or 335-606-6146.

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Fleet and Family Support Center Administration Building Bldg. 319 (NAS I) Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. DSN 624-4291 Commercial 09556-4291



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Article provided by FFSC Personal Financial Management Classes “Home buying strategies” Nov 9, 1000-1200 This module is designed to provide attendees basic information regarding understanding the home buying process to include associated cost, unfamiliar terms and things to consider prior to the purchase. The Home Buying Strategies (IG) contains the printed PowerPoint presentation notes and all necessary handouts. “Don’t Bet Your Life On It” Nov 23, 1000-1130 This class allows to assess various levels of gambling. Participants will complete a selfassessment on their gambling habits and discuss warning signs of problem or compulsive/ pathological gambling and identify appropriate referrals form a list of resources through mini-case scenarios. “Saving & Investing” Nov 30, 1000-1130 Who Wants to become a MILLIONAIRE? Is it possible to become a millionaire on a military paycheck? Today’s investment marketplace offers many advan-

tages to the small investor. This class will explore how you can achieve financial freedom through various basic saving tools and investment options. Family Employment Readiness Classes “Interview Techniques” Nov 10, 1000-1130 A key component to any job search is the ability to sell one’s self to a potential employer. The interview is also the aspect of job searching that creates the most anxiety for job searchers. Participants will learn how to prepare for an interview, focus on creating a good impression, formulate responses for a successful interview and explore the importance of following up after the interview “Resume Writing” Nov 15, 0900-1130 and Nov 30, 1300-1500 Provides participants an overview of all aspects of written self-marketing tools including business cards, various types of resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. The workshop allows participants to complete a rough draft of one targeted resume. Intercultural Relations Classes “ICR for new comers” Nov 510. & 19-24 0800-1530

Orange Park

Provides understanding of Italian culture, language, culture adaptation and culture shock. Includes a field trip on the last day of the training and it’s offered every other week. “Cooking Class” Nov 17, 0930-1530 This class is designed to be a total hands-on cooking experience. The class helps the participants familiarize with the simple, yet exquisite Italian Cuisine with respect to Italian cooking traditions. Every month a different local restaurant to discover! “Ricotta cheese workshop” Nov 16,0900-1400 This full immersion, hands-on cultural experience takes us off base giving participants the opportunity to follow the process of making the famous Sicilian Ricotta . “ICR for Youth—TOPOLINO” Nov 16 and BENVENUTI Nov 17 This monthly program is to assist youth in providing factual information: culture specific; conceptual information in teaching tools for understanding and dealing with differences and in viewing behavior of their own culture and the other culture. It includes a visit to a local school in the economy. Information & Referral Classes “Survive & Thrive” Nov 18, 0800-1400 It’s always exciting to arrive at a new Duty Station. As you begin this new journey, you will have many questions. We have created this spouse orientation class to help you during this introductory period. We know that if we provide you information and helpful hints, your tour in Sigonella will be successful CLASSES, continued on page 12


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Sagra della Cassatella Festival to be held in Agira Make sure you mark on your calendar the upcoming Sagra della Cassatella Festival taking place in Agira (Enna province). This annual family-oriented event celebrates the town's specialty, a mouthwatering half-moon shaped pastry filled with almonds, chickpea flour,sugar, lemon rind and sometimes cinnamon. The festival will run from Nov. 19 through 21 at the Centro Esposizioni e Vendite (fair center) located in via Sandro Pertini (southern part of the town). As reported by, the Agira's cassatella is a cake with a very ancient origin, an essential element of the traditional Agira's cuisine. It is difficult to document the history of casatella because there are no written sources about it. Thus, oral sources that can be obtained on the territory of Agira are related to an empirical knowledge of the subject and often refer to a fairly limited period of time, coinciding with the personal experiences of an artisan. At least in its earliest version called "pasticciotto", now lost, it had a circular shape and was characterized by a button

placed at the top center of the disc, as if to recall another Sicilian sweet, the "minni 'e vergine", which is dedicated to Saint Agatha. In the millennial history of Agira, the culture that without doubt has the greatest impact on the birth of the Agira's cassatella is the Spanish one. Subsequently elements agropastoral and baronial, suggestions rich and poor are added and they would bring in the traditional ricotta cassatella noble elements like almonds and cocoa, with chick pea flour to fulfill the role of condensing natural, widely available and affordable for the stuffing. Getting to Agira is farirly easy. Exit Agira on A-19 and then drive for about 10 miles. For more information and detailed festival schedule call the Agira Tourist Office at 0935-961111.

Jazz festival begins in Catania Days Inn Sigonella jazz buffs will be excited to know that the 28th edition of Catania Jazz is about to take place in Catania. The festival will kick off on Nov. 16th with the concert of American jazz singer Dianne Reeves, a living legend of Jazz music who will perform at the Catania Metropolitan Theater along with her quartet featuring pianist Peter Martin. The other six concerts will include the following artists: Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers (Nov. 22); Omar Sosa Trio featuring Special Guest Paolo Fresu (Jan 31, 2011); Cristina Branco Band (March 7, 2011); Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society (Apr. 1, 2011); Butch Morris & Catania Jazz Orchestra (Apr. 14, 2011) and Overtone Quartet (Apr. 27, 2011). For more information detailed schedules and tickets visit

2010-2011Opera Season announced in Catania The Teatro Massimo Bellini (Bellini Opera House) has reopened its gates to return to a full season of performances. Opera Superintendent Rita Gari Cinquegrana and Artistic Director Will Humburg announced the 2010/2011 repertory at a press conference held last week in Catania (PHOTO). From January 2011 through June , 2011 , the superb Bellini Opera House Orchestra, corps de ballet and Chorus, along with celebrated opera soloists and visiting conductors, can be heard all season

long in this amazing teatro, which is an entrancing place for music wherever you sit. The following operas, ballets and shows will be performed through June 2010: Vittorio Gnecchi’s Cassandra ( Jan 11-19 , 2011); Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (Feb. 17-27, 2011); “Dopo La Battaglia” by Pippo Delbono (March 22- 27); Richard Wagner’s Parsifal (May 10-20, 2011); Prokofiev's ballet “Cinderella” Choreography: Jean-Christophe

Maillot (June l 7-12, 2011); “Le Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali” by Gaetano Donizetti (Oct 12-19) and Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto (Dec. l 7-18, 2011). Season tickets are on sale now. For more information, detailed performances schedules and tickets call 095-7150921 or check this website:


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Sicilian Robin Hood 'was taller' than exhumed skeleton As reported by AP, a 1949 article in By AKI/AP Time Magazine recounted an incident Palermo - The skelewhen Giuliano put up flyers in Palermo ton exhumed from the tomb while police were searching for him in of one of the most legendary Sicily's rugged mountains. Italian bandits, Salvatore "You, carabinieri! Have you not Giuliano, is that of a person reflected that I do not fight for money, of shorter stature than but for the love of my mother.." the flyers Giuliano, sources close to read. Giuliano's mother, Maria, had been the coroner told Adnkronos jailed for aiding her son. on Monday. According to Some doubters over Giuliano's members of his family and death and subsequent entombment say witnesses, Giuliano was at that he fled to Tunisia and later to the least 1.80 meters tall while United States. the skeleton belongs to “If it's not Giuliano's body, then 60 someone between 1.60-1.70 years of history will have to be rewritten meters, the sources said. - not just Sicily's, but also Italy's," said Coroner Livio Milone Giuseppe Casarubbea, a Sicilian historian has ordered police to who persuaded Palermo prosecutors to "immediately check docureopen the file on the bandit's alleged ments that record Salvatore assassination by Carabinieri paramilitary Giuliano's exact height," police in a house in the town of according to the sources. Castelvetrano on July 5, 1950. On Oct. 28, investigaAmong those gathered for the tors removed the human (AP Photo/Michael Stern, File) removal of ribs, a thigh bone and teeth remains from Giuliano's tomb in Montelepre, near This 1948 file photo shows Salvatore was Rosalia Pisciotta, sister of Gasparre Palermo to gather evidence Giuliano, the notorious Sicilian bandit Pisciotta, Giuliano's top lieutenant in his that will either fuel or put to leader. Authorities in Sicily have gang of bandits. Pisciotta at one point bragged of rest the 60-year-old suspi- exhumed the presumed body of the legcion that the body inside endary Sicilian bandit Salvatore killing his commander, but later was doesn't match the name on Giuliano, on Oct. 28, 2010 in an attempt generally believed to have betrayed his to put to rest doubts the corpse isn't whereabouts to police. the sarcophagus. Pisciotta is buried in the same Palermo prosecutors that of the outlaw who terrorized the hope DNA tests can reveal if island's countryside in the 1940s. For cemetery. He died in 1954, after drinking the body is Giuliano's. It it is decades doubts swirled over whether strychnine-laced coffee in his cell in a not, this will support claims the body, riddled with bullet holes and Palermo prison, further fuelling the mysby some historians and coro- buried 60 years ago, was Giuliano's, tery swirling around Giuliano's demise. Pisciotta was serving a prison senners that he managed to feeding theories the bandit was not escape to the United States, killed but had escaped. Sicilian histori- tence for participating in a Giuliano-led possibly with the help of the an Giuseppe Casarubbea told the AP massacre of labor organizers, peasants the DNA analysis conducted by the and local Communist politicians in mafia. Giuliano gained fame authorities will help "fill an enormous 1947. "Go away, my brother is dead. among his fellow Sicilians gap" in Italy's history. during World War II when he led a group of bandits in Don't disturb him," screamed Rosalia Pisciotta, apparentstealing money for food and weapons, and became known ly worried the probe would lead to the exhumation of her as a kind of Robin Hood figure for allegedly aiding the brother's remains. Giuliano's nephew Giuseppe Sciortino told reporters poor with the takings from his banditry. He also belonged at the cemetery he still held hope his uncle was alive to a separatist movement. Gaspare Pisciotta, a close Giuliano associate and somewhere. If so, the outlaw would be 88. It could take weeks before the results of scientific friend claimed he shot his 27-year-old companion dead in analyses, including DNA tests, are known, coroner Livio his sleep on July 5, 1950, contradicting the official version Milone told The Associated Press. that he was killed by a paramilitary police captain in the Palermo Prosecutor Antonio Ingroia told reporters at western Sicilian town of Castelvetrano. The classic 1962 film "Salvatore Giuliano" by direc- the scene that initial inspection of the body found signs tor Francesco Rosi tells a version of his life in the neo- the corpse had been autopsied before death and had fracrealist quasi-documentary style that uses many non-actors ture marks on parts of the body where Giuliano was said to have been shot in a blaze of police gunfire. to tell the tale on screen.

Wine consumption falls in Italy

Politicians and officials arrested in anti-mafia sweep

By ANSA Rome- Annual wine consumption in Italy has fallen for the first time below 20 million hectoliters or 40 liters per capita, a drop of some 30% from 20 years ago, the Fedagri farmers association said last Wednesday. Offsetting the decline in domestic demand has been a boom in exports which have jumped in value from 2.4 billion euros to 3.6 billion euros, an increase of 50%. "The economic crisis lowered the value of exports in 2009 to 3.5 billion euros, down 2.2% from 2008, but exports for the first seven months of this year were 7.6% greater than during the same period last year," Fedagri said. The biggest increases in exports have been from southern Italian regions, with gains of 22.1% in Puglia, 25.1% in Campania and 24.4% in Basilicata. These double-digit increases, Fedagri explained, were a direct result of investment in promotion and marketing. Puglia, for example, "invested one million euros in promotion and saw its exports to markets outside the European Union leap 44%," Fedagri said.

Italian police last week arrested 47 people, including regional politicians and other local public officials in an antimafia sweep that took place throughout the country. Prosecutors seized around 400 million euros in assets including companies, buildings and vehicles as part of the operation. A deputy from Sicily's regional parliament and other public officials, as well as businessmen and suspected members of the mafia, were detained on charges that include mafia association, murder, extortion and robbery. The arrests and seizures took place the Sicily, Lazio, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions. The president of the Italian parliament's anti-mafia commission Giuseppe Pisanu in October decried the "abnormal" number of mafia-tainted candidates who ran for office in Italy's local elections in March. Around 30 candidates who ran for elections are suspected of links to the mafia, Pisanu, a former interior minister, told members of parliament. The anti-Mafia operation - known as "Iblis" - has targeted both Cosa Nostra mobsters and their alleged links with politicians, administrators and entrepreneurs. Giampaolo Ganzer, head of a special paramilitary police department, told radio station Rai that the Sicily raid had 'decapitated' Cosa Nostra in the Catania region. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, speaking to ANSA news agency on a visit to Israel, said it was 'a remarkable day for the fight against organized crime'.


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The day Time sTopped Article by Laura F. Hodges

Photos by OS1 Hodges A seat worthy of a king, now in ruin, the ghost town of Poggioreale (TP) is a testament to both nature’s awesome and terrifying power and the frailty of man. The name, Poggioreale derives from Medieval Latin meaning Podium Regale (seat worthy of a king). Founded by Francesco Morso in 1642, it rose above the Belice River Valley as an agricultural centre. Three hundred and twenty six (326) years later, in the early morning hours of Monday, January 15th 1968, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake leveled more then 80% of the town. In the surrounding countryside, over 600 square miles of towns, farms and vineyards where leveled in seconds. In their January 28th issue Time magazine wrote: "Within 30 seconds, the nine-century-old vineyard town was little more than dust. Left standing over the

moonlit rubble was a solitary sentinel, a church tower, whose bell was jolted by the earth's angry vibrations into a final eerie death knell. “ The quake took its toll in human lives as well. The final count; 370 people dead, 1000 injured, and more the 70,000 left homeless across the valley. Nature then added insult to injury, by weeks end the refugees where enduring freezing January winds and violent rains, turning their meager shelters into miserable swamps. Today the ruins sit in silent solitude overlooking the Valley of the Belice River. Your self-guided tour begins at the western edge of town. The Centre Street is wide and relatively rubble free. As you follow this wide corso II into the Piazza Elimo, you will find evidence of attempted repairs and efforts to catalog many of the ruins. After crossing a landslide of mortar, twisted metal and household debris, you will find the ruined


library and school. Desk frames, some with wooden sets still attached, sit in many rooms waiting for the students to return. Silent sentinels of bygone ghosts accompany you into the center of town. Twisted wrought iron balconies, windows shuttered like blind eyes and doors to nowwhere line the streets. In one garage lies the smashed remains of two cars, left behind to rust as the town crumbles around them. In the Piazza, all that remains of the once majestic Duomo is a back naive and a front column carved in striking bas relief. From the Piazza, stairs stretch to the north and south, ending in massive piles of rubble. As you travel farther into town you will find the many inspiring sights. Beautiful fresco’s still in vivid color. Corinthian style columns, bas relief carvings and hand painted tiles. Nature abhors a vacuum. Every where you look there are wild fig trees, blackberry brambles and grape vines. The families have

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rebuilt on a neighboring hillside within view of their ancestral homes. They have re-planted their fields, reseeded their vineyards and populated their fields with sheep and goats. They are once again……. living. Although, Forty-two years after the earthquake, you can still feel the heartbreak of those who lost everything The day time stopped, One simply need look to the horizon to see the resilience of the Sicilian people. SITE: Enter at your own risk. There are many dangers present at this site. The buildings are not structurally sound and should not be entered. Many of the smaller streets are impassable and clogged with debris. Although the main corso and Piazza are fairly rubble free, loose debris and falling mortar make it best to say on wider areas, off steps and out from under overhangs. Strollers, bicycles or other wheeled vehicles are not usable. Uneven pavement and broken cobblestone are a danger for

toddlers and those with trouble walking. There are no rest rooms; there is a very clean public restroom in the bar in New Poggioreale, about a 10 minute drive. How to get there: For those who like to be off the beaten track this is a great weekend destination. Travel time from NASIG is about 4 hours (310 miles). Basic directions are: A19 toward Palermo. Continue through Palermo to the A29 toward Mazara Del Vallo exit at Gallitello and turn right onto the SS119 follow the signs to Poggioreale. The Castellamare Bay is a great jumping off point for a weekend trip to Poggioreale, Segesta and many other western destinations. Guidaloca beach boasts family and pet friendly bungalows and apartments from 55.00 euro up. The county side is beautiful and unspoiled. Roads for the most part are paved. This is a great trip for motorcycle riders.


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Go Green Sigonella! Quick tips for saving energy in the kitchen Article by CE2 Jade Mooteb NAVFAC Sigonella Let's save some energy in the kitchen! Some of the biggest energy hogs in your home are in your kitchen. Modifying some of your current cooking habits and getting into conservation mode can help you prepare food more efficiently. That's good for your wallet and the environment. Here is a collection of quickand-easy tips for trimming your monthly utility bill. Dishwasher Energy Tips • Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature (120°F). • Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones. Soaking or prewashing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food. • Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded, when you run it. • Avoid using the “rinse hold” on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it. • Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open slightly so the dishes will dry faster. Refrigerator/Freezer Energy Tips • Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section. If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F. • To check refrigerator temperature, place an appliance thermometer in a glass of water in the center of the refrigerator. Read it after 24 hours. To check the freezer temperature, place a thermometer between frozen packages. Read it after 24 hours. • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder • Regularly defrost manual-

defrost refrigerators and freezers; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit. Don’t allow frost to build up more than one quarter of an inch. • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment, the seal may need replacing, or you might consider buying a new unit. Other Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips • Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet. • If you need to purchase a natural gas oven or range, look for one with an automatic, electric ignition system. An electric ignition saves natural gas because a pilot light is not burning continuously. • In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. Consult the manufacturer or your local utility. • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy. • Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy. • Match the size of the pan to the heating element or burner. • Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven. • Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so. They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time. For more information on energy conservation and energy saving tips, visit the Department of Energy’s website at



Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Apple Fritters. Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Lemon Pepper Catfish, Grilled Pork Chops, Steamed Rice, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus, Creole Green Beans, Sugar Cookies, Cheese Cake, Vanilla Cream Pudding. Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans, RIKPAK. Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Italian Rice and Beef, Teriyaki Chicken Breast, Oven Browned Potatoes, Spinach, Stir Fry Vegetables, Sugar Cookies, Cheesecake, Vanilla Cream Pudding, RIKPAK. Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterhorns. Brunch: Breakfast Items, Logging Soup, Baked Tuna and Noodles, Pork Fried Rice, Cajun Oven Fries, Steamed Broccoli, Glazed Carrots, Almond Cookies, Blueberry Pie. Dinner: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Beef Stir Fry, Jamaican Rum Chicken, Steamed Rice, Fried Okra, Corn Whole Kernel, Almond Cookies, Blueberry Pie.


Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Kolaches. Brunch: Breakfast Items, Bean & Bacon Soup, Cheddar and Chicken Broccoli, Rosemary Potato Wedges, Steamed Brussels Sprouts, Glazed Carrots, Hermits, Velvet Pound Cake. Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Pasta Alla Siciliana, Jaegerschnitzel, Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower Polonaise, Seasoned Succotash, Garlic Bread, Hermits, Velvet Pound Cake.


Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Minced Beef w/ Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterfly Rolls. Lunch: Beef Noodle Soup, Fish Florentine, Yankee Pot Roast, Southwestern Rice, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, Calico Cabbage, Sprouts Superba, Almond Cake, Peach Crunch, Butterscotch Pudding. Speed line: Assorted Pizza, RIKPAK. Dinner: Cream of Potato Soup, Salisbury Steak, Turkey Pot Pie, Brown Rice w/ Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Lyonnaise Wax Beans, Almond Cake, Peach Crunch, Butterscotch Pudding, RIKPAK.





Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Baked Sausage Patties, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterfly Rolls. Lunch: Arroz Caldo Soup, Chicken Adobo, Beef Caldereta, Steamed Rice, Cut Green Beans, Steamed Carrots, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies. Speed line: Philly Cheese Steak, Onion Rings, RIKPAK. Dinner: Manhattan Clam Chowder, Creole Shrimp, Stuffed Green Peppers, Boiled Pasta, Cream Style Corn, Baked Hubbard Squash, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, RIKPAK. Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Danish Diamonds. Lunch: Mulligatawny Soup, Roast Turkey, Meatloaf, Steamed Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Steamed Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Pie, Shortbread Cookies, Peach Gelatin. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes, RIKPAK. Dinner: Shrimp Gumbo Soup, Mexican Pepper Steak, Fishwich, Steamed Rice, Lima Beans, Vegetable Stir Fry, Sweet Potato Pie, Shortbread Cookies, RIKPAK.

Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Pineapple Carrot Muffin. Lunch: Corn Chowder Soup, Pineapple Chicken, Beef Sauerbraten, Orange Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Summer Squash, Devils Food Cake, Fruit Nut Bar. Speed line: Assorted Pizza, RIKPAK. Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Mambo Roast Pork, Chicken Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Seasoned Carrots, Devils Food Cake, Fruit Nut Bar.

Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Apple Fritters. Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Fried/Baked Fish, Grilled Porkchops , Mushroom Gravy, Steamed Rice, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Fried Cauliflower, Lemon Cookies, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cream Pudding. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes, RIKPAK. Dinner: Cream Of Mushroom Soup, Cantonese Spareribs, Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich, Pork Fried Rice, Steamed Whole Corn, Seasoned Spinach, Lemon Cookies, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cream Pudding, RIKPAK.


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On the Go with MWR

Cash Bingo Thursday, November 18 @ 6 p.m.

Have you ever heard the expression “oh, just facebook me.” Why is facebook so popular? What is all the craze about? Are you part of this ever growing social networking site? Facebook currently has over 500 million users and MWR Sigonella is looking for more Sigonella “friends” in order to spread the word on facility events and information.

MWR offers many programming options whether it is persons interested in sports, entertainment, child and youth programs, or experiencing travel around Sicily and Europe. We joined the many other companies that use facebook as a means to communicate with you. This also means by friending MWR Sigonella you have access to contact us for questions,

feedback, and suggestions to improve your time here in Sig. Also, we are able to provide our soldiers and families access to the current movie schedule, bus schedule, driving directions, digital copy of MWR’s monthly publication of the Preview, and so much more. Facebook has opened doors for us to reach you! Join us today!

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule & Descriptions

Friday, November 12 2:00pm Open Season PG FREE 2:30pm Ramona and Beezus G FREE 5:00pm Takers PG-13 5:30pm Easy A PG-13 7:30pm The American R 8:00pm Due Date R Saturday, November 13 2:00pm Alpha and Omega PG 2:30pm Easy A PG-13

RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE- Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris Mencheta In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice, continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap. (96 min.) DUE DATE: Zach Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr., Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Joel William Peter Highman is an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan on what turns out to be a cross-country trip that will destroy several cars and numerous friendships (95 min.)

Hey Sigonella! Looking for something to do on these rainy days? Why not join us Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. for cash bingo? First timers and pros are welcome. This game will take place in the Compass Room (above Connections). Prizes include cash, MWR bowling , theater, and ITT gift certificates. For more information call 624-4264.

Turkey Bowling

5:00pm Hereafter PG-13 5:30pm Devil PG-13 7:30pm Due Date R 8:00pm Resident Evil: Afterlife R Sunday, November 14 2:00pm Takers PG-13 2:30pm Red PG-13 4:30pm Devil P-13 5:00pm The Expendables R 6:30pm Due Date R Tuesday, November 16 5:00pm Alpha and Omega PG 5:30pm Megamind PG 7:30pm Due Date R 8:00pm Resident Evil: Afterlife R Wednesday, November 17 5:00pm Megamind PG 5:30pm Takers PG-13 7:30pm The American R 8:00pm Going the Distance R Thursday, November 18 5:00pm Hereafter PG-13 5:30pm Red PG-13 7:30pm Due Date R 8:00pm The Expendables R Friday, November 19 5:00pm Megamind PG 5:30pm Takers PG-13 7:30pm Due Date R 8:00pm The Town R

Movie schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm. Movie Hotline: 624-4248

RED- Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Helen Mirren Frank, Joe, Marvin, and Victoria used to be the CIA's top agents -- but the secrets they know just made them the Agency's top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history. (111 min.) HEREAFTER- Matt Damon, Cecile De France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr, George McLaren Three people are touched by death in different ways. George is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie, a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus, a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might--or must--exist in the hereafter. (120 min.) EASY A- Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Hayden Church After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school -- until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 min.) THE TOWN - Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively Doug MacRay is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean. With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang’s latest job, when they briefly took a hostage - bank manager, Claire Keesey. Though they let her go unharmed, Claire is nervously aware that the robbers know her name and where she lives. But she lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and rather charming man named Doug not realizing that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorized her. The instant attraction between them gradually turns into a passionate romance that threatens to take them both down a dangerous and potentially deadly path. (125 min.)

Have you ever bowled using a Cornish Hen? Join us on Friday, Nov. 19 for MWR’s version of TURKEY BOWLING! This event will be taking place at 4:30 p.m. in the Midtown Piazza. Come and test your skills while bowling frozen Cornish game hens. Some of you might be asking, ‘what is turkey bowling?’ Well turkey bowling is just like regular bowling. There will be simulated bowling lanes with real pins (10) at the end. You will have to knock down as many pins as possible using a Cornish game hen in place of a bowling ball. Each player will bowl 3 frames, the top finisher will receive everything they need to create a thanksgiving dinner! No pre-registration is required, for more information call x 4483.

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CLASSES, continued from page 5 and rewarding. Our goal is to help you! Life Skills Classes “Stress & Anger Management” Nov 12, 0800-1000 and Nov 23 0900-1100 This class will offer effective ways of dealing with anger and how to manage stress at work or in the home. “Effective Communication” Nov 10, 0900-1100 Do you constantly have difficulty resolving problems with others? The Conflict Resolution class will teach you how to handle conflict with others, what to do if the conflict get heated, and how to resolving the problem. This class will teach you how to maintain your composure when you feel like your 'button' are being pushed. Also the participant will learn to handle conflict in a safe and non-confrontational way. “Positive Parenting” Nov 30, 0900-1100 This class will focus on building a better relationship with your child topics include: giving encouragement, showing respect, having fun, and keeping it simple. Finally we will discuss routines and the importance of family meetings. “Navigating the social networking world” Nov 5, 0900-1100 This class will give you the in's and out's of how to navigate the social networking sites and how we can Increase our level of communication and sharing with friends and family from around the world. Additional topics include security, safety, and how the Social Networking sites impact various generations. Deployment Classes “IA Social “ Nov 29, 1130-1300 Is a monthly Discussion Group for all personnel and their families. The group provides an opportunity for IAs and spouses to meet and discuss topics related to deployment. Various topics and speakers present information about resources and support services available to help manage the challenges that can occur during a deployment phase. This group is open to all IAs, service members who have deployed or will deploy, as well as spouses and family members. “Pre-deployment” Nov 16, 0900-1100 This class will cover all of the important aspects of preparing for an IA/Deployment. We will have representative from legal and the flight line clinic. Additional topics include finances, communication, stress, and local community resources. Spouses are welcomed to attend this class. “Post-Deployment” Nov 16, 1300-1500 This class will focus on what to do before and after your spouse returns from an IA/Deployment. Topics of discussion will include expectations, preparations, changes, communication, reintegration, and Operational Stress. Spouses are welcomed to attend this class. Relocation Classes “Arrivederci Class” Nov 5 & 19, 0800-1130 The class is mandatory for all personnel before they PCS. Attendees should be 3 months or more from their PCS to attend the class. “Sponsor Training” Nov 9, 0900-1030 This class is to assist you in your role as a sponsor. At the training, you will learn all that you need to know from start to finish . New Parent Support Classes “Playgroup 1-4 years old” Nov 3 & 17, 0930-1100 Make play fun and educational for your child. Learn creative and

new ideas to bring you and your child closer together through play. Children up to 5 are welcome, but MUST be accompanied by an adult. Play Morning is held at Marinai Community Center. “Playgroup 0-12 months” Nov 4 & 18, 1000-1100 Make play fun and educational for your child. Learn creative and new ideas to bring you and your child closer together through play. Play Morning is held at Marinai Community Center.

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(49.9 million) of adults aged 18 and up had self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and 21.1 million adults (9.4% of adults, 42.4% of those with arthritis) were limited in some form because of arthritis or joint symptoms. In this report, the prevalence of arthritis was found to be significantly higher in persons who are obese, physically inactive, and those who smoke or have in the past. The incidence of arthritis is expected to increase considerably due to the aging population and the high number of people with obesity in the United States. Obesity is associated with onset of knee osteoarthritis, worsening of the disease, total joint replacement, poor outcomes after joint replacement, disability, decreased quality of life and increased health care costs. The risk of developing symptomatic knee osteoarthritis in obese patients is 60.5%, double the risk of those with normal weight. So what are some tips to protect and keep your joints healthy? Start with eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. Extra weight adds to the force and load placed on the joints. Even a small amount of weight loss can reduce the risk for developing arthritis. Exercise is important to strengthen the muscles around the joint, decreasing the stress and load carried by the joint. Strengthening your thigh and quadriceps can reduce the risk of developing arthritis at the knee. Don’t forget to add core abdominal strengthening to your routine. Cycling, swimming, and elliptical training are good forms of cardiovascular exercise which are low impact for the joints. Make sure to get plenty of Calcium, Vitamin D, and Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet with products such as dairy, green leafy vegetables and fish such as fresh tuna and salmon. Eliminate soft drinks and soda, substituting with juice or milk. Quit smoking; here at Sigonella there are plenty of resources such as Health Promotions and your medical team who will give you all the support and assistance you personally need. In addition, avoid prolonged periods in the same position. Increased movement will cause more joint fluid motion, decreasing the risk of stiffness. Maintain range of motion with proper stretching. Keep good posture and make sure to bend at the knees when bending to lift heavy objects, not using your back. When engaging in any highrisk activities, protect your joints and wear protective gear such as wrist guards, helmet, as well as elbow and knee pads. If unfortunately you sustain an injury to a joint, you must pay the “PRICE”. PProtect the joint from further injury. R- Rest and limit the load the joint must sustain. I- Ice; place Ice or a

bag of frozen vegetables in a wrapped towel on the joint for twenty minutes, three to four times a day to decrease the pain and swelling. C- Compress the joint lightly with a sports or “ACE” wrap to prevent further swelling. E- Elevate the joint above the heart to decrease the throbbing pain and swelling. Of course, please seek medical attention for any injuries or any questions you may have. Finally, many patients frequently ask about supplements such as Glucosamine, ChondroitinSulfate, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) and SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine). Although some animal studies have been promising, results in humans have been unclear. Please speak with your healthcare provider before starting any supplements as they can have side effects or cause interactions with other medications. Thank you for your time and keep those joints healthy Sigonella! For additional information please call Orthopedics at 624-4087


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Be a Secret Santa, help a child in need this holiday season Rather than buy your child yet another toy, how about giving back to a good cause this holiday season? The AIMD Second Class Petty Officer Association has coordinated for the second year in a row a Secret Santa Christmas luncheon for underprivileged children of the Maria Ausiliatrice Institute in Catania. AS2 Toby Via created a wish list and message template for the children to fill out, and has already received 61 back from girls and boys of all ages. So far, 28 of the children have been chosen by a Secret Santa, and 33 remain. Children will receive gifts during a luncheon held on Dec. 18 at the Maria Ausiliatrice Institute. During the luncheon, the children will enjoy lunch and Christmas treats, while a volunteer Santa and elves hand out the gifts. “Last year’s Secret Santa Christmas Luncheon went very smoothly, and we fed and gave gifts to 59 children,” said Via. “This year we are hoping to provide the children an even better opportunity to enjoy themselves for the holidays.” If you are interested in being a Secret Santa to one of the children, volunteering to be Santa or an Elf, or helping during the event, contact AS2 Via at 624-5432 or at Also, throughout the year, collections are being taken for clothes, food, toys, and more. There is a collection box at AIMD quarterdeck as well as at the NAS I Chapel. AIMD makes regular deliveries to the Maria Ausiliatrice Institute, who then gives the items to the needy in Catania.



November 5, 2010 Page 13 CANDY, continued from page 1 incentives to children giving up their candy.” “The PTO will be giving away carnival prizes for each child who brings in candy. AOSC will throw the class who has the most candy a pizza party, and MWR will be giving bowling passes and movie passes,” said Chao. The program will come to a close on Nov. 3. Upon completion, the NAS Sigonella’s health promotions office will collect all the donated candy and begin weighing it before boxing it up to be shipped. Once the candy is boxed up, along with letters from the children and pictures drawn by some of the students, it will be sent to service members deployed from here. “We’re sending everything donated to the deployed troops,” said Chao. “Many children here at this school have parents who are deployed, so it will be sent to them.” For further information as to what you can do to help support troops while they are deployed, go to or You can also contact your base’s local Fleet and Family Support Center. JAGUARS, continued from page 1 one and forced into punts on the other two. Sigonella’s solution turned out to be a remarkably stout defense in the nine-man game. “The defense knew we had to pull it out,” said sophomore tackle Austin Flanagan, who numbered a sack among his seven tackles. “We’re from sunny Sicily. We’re not used to

a wet ball. But we dealt with the challenge.” The challenge came from Alconbury’s power game, the only option left to the Dragons on the slick grass at Minick Field. Alconbury tried five passes, completing none of them in the wet conditions. Two fell incomplete in the end zone from 4 yards out in the second period — one dropped, and the other tipped away by Larry Stevenson. The Dragons’ power game, built around hard-running 6-0, 195pound junior running back Kerey Kuheana, went much better. Kuheana, who touched the ball 36 times and totaled 199 yards rushing, had 22 of those carries and 131 of those yards after halftime. Twentyone carries and 130 yards came after Alconbury fell behind 19-0 in the third period. Sigonella built its lead on the strength of a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Stevenson in the first quarter, and a 3-yard TD run by Joseph Coleman and a 5-yard run by Jeff Lastrella in the third quarter. But the Dragons, who defeated Sigonella 26-20 in double overtime Sept 25 in England only to have the victory vacated for use of an ineligible player, weren’t ready to vacate their D-III crown. With Kuheana carrying the ball 10 times, one of which covered 48 yards, Alconbury went on a 14-play, 80-yard drive on the ensuing kickoff, capped by Kuheana’s 9-yard TD run with 2:22 to go in the third quarter. Sigonella had apparently stopped the drive on its second play with a fumble recovery, but an inadvertent whistle had stopped the play before the fumble occurred. Alconbury cut the gap to 19-12


with 9:02 left in the game when quarterback J.J. Black scored from 2 yards out. So dangerous did Kuheana look by this stage that Sigonella elected to run the ball on fourth-andone on their own 29 with 7:01 left rather than return the ball to Kuheana and Co. with that much time on the clock. Kahlil Bowen just got the needed yard, allowing the Jaguars to consume another 2:17 before they were forced to punt with 4:44 to go. Alconbury took over on its own 47 and drove to the Sigonella 24 before time and tackles for loss by Marco Summerfield and Coleman ended the drive. “We mostly keyed on No. 34,” Sigonella sophomore linebacker Brandon Albers, who made two touchdown-saving tackles, said of Kuheana. “We played a lot better than last time.”

Sigonella arrest-a-coworker a huge success By MCSA Cameron Bramham The Signature Staff Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella service members participated and donated in the annual "arrest a co-worker" fundraiser and barbecue for the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) on Nov. 3 at NAS II. The CFC is a group of charitable organizations that have been approved for donations by government employees. "We take donations from different departments who want to have coworkers arrested," Security Training LPO MA1 Jonathan Colondres said. "One dollar buys one minute in jail for those being arrested." However, Colondres also said those being arrested can turn the tables on those who had them arrested. "They have the option to bail themselves out by matching the original amount or doubling the amount and getting the initial person arrested instead," Colondres said. "NASSIG has been doing this for quite some time and we have outstanding results every year." According to Community Area Project Officer for NAS Sigonella Lt. A c t i n g C o m m a n d Master Chief Michael Padro expresses his displeasure after being arrested by coworkers during the annual Combined F e d e r a l Campaign "arrest a cow o r k e r " fundraiser at NAS Sigonella Nov. 3. The annual event gives service members the opportunity to buy their coworkers time in a fake jail cell at one dollar per minute and also helps out the NASSIG community.


Lew England, this fundraiser has turned into an NAS Sigonella tradition and had great participation this year. England also said this year's "arrest a co-worker" saw a total of 56 people get arrested while generating $2,776 (over $3,000 including the sales made during the barbecue). "Security Department deserves all the recognition for its success, as they were responsible for the coordination and execution," England said. "We had great support from installation leadership as well. England said that once the funds are forwarded through CFC Overseas, it will be returned and used for Family Support Youth Programs. England also said the event brought attention to the CFC and what it can do for the local community at NAS Sigonella. "It turned out to not only be a success financially, but enjoyable for all involved as well," England said. "I was locked up for a period of time myself, and had a good time in the process." The 2010 CFC drive ends Dec. 3. If you have not made your contribution yet, or would like more information, contact your command’s unit coordinator.

The Nov. 12 issue of The Signature  
The Nov. 12 issue of The Signature  

The Nov. 12 issue of The Signature