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Vol. 28 No. 15

april 22, 2011

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NAS Sigonella hosts USS Kearsarge By MC2 Gary Prill NPASE East

Photo submitted by Lucia Saperstein

Students from DoDDS Sigonella are actively preparing for Kimberly Willis-Holt, the author of the Piper Reed book series, to visit NAS Sigonella. Willis-Holt will be here April 26-28 and is holding a Family Story Time at the Marinai Community Center on April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

e Piper Reed Book Club: reading  and  connecting with military kids By Tracie Barnthouse and Lucia Saperstein The Signature/DoDDS Life as a military kid can be tough, and no one understands that more than the author of the popular book series Piper Reed, Elizabeth Willis-Holt, who grew up in a military family. Willis-Holt is bringing her series to Naval Air Station Sigonella for a special Family Story Hour on Thursday, Apr. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marinai Community Center, and the NAS Sigonella community is invited and encouraged to attend. NAS Sigonella Department of Defense Dependents Schools and parent volunteer Lucia Saperstein have organized the event to go along with their Piper Reed Book Club, a club made up of 50 students from grades two to five who have been meeting since early January to read and do projects related to the Piper Reed series. The students hold meetings during lunch and recess to discuss the books, and are actively prepa-


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ring for Willis-Holt’s visit. Margaret Russo, Sigonella Elementary School Librarian believes that the Piper Reed books are especially well suited for military kids. “There are actually not that many children’s books out there that explore the experience of growing up as a military kid, but the Piper Reed books do an excellent job in filling that void,” Russo said. Through the series, children learn about Piper and connect with her feelings when her dad deploys, or the family moves. “During our book club meetings, the students really connected with Piper. Reading about Piper’s feelings when her dad left for ship duty, for instance, generated a great discussion about how our own students deal with deployments,” said Russo. Willis-Holt will be at NAS Sigonella for three days. During her stay, she’ll be leading writing workshops and presentations with the elementary school PIPER, continued on page 12

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MCPON Rick D. West testified for the first time before the Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, April 13. West spoke about morale and quality of life issues.

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With an increased operations tempo currently at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, the Masters-at-Arms at the front gate have seen a influx of daily traffic, the Galley has nearly doubled it daily patrons, and the Navy Exchange has changed their hours to accommodate the base’s temporary residents. One of these new temporary residents is the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) currently ported for repairs at Augusta Bay, Italy. With only a day notice, NAS Sigonella was asked to host many of the ships’ company and also their aircraft compliment. One of the major entities on base that fielded the request was Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Sigonella. “Within a day of being notified of the USS Kearsarge arrival in Augusta Bay, our Information Tours and Travel office had a full tour package out to the ship with a schedule of four to five tours per day,” said Robert Froelicher MWR KEARSARGE, continued on page 12

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Nathanael Miller/Released

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) is reflected in a signal lamp aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15) during a leap frog navigation exercise. Leap frog allows the ships to practice maneuvering around one another in a restricted space. Ponce is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is en route to support humanitarian relief efforts for flood victims in Pakistan.

PCSing with your pets By Capt. Sarah Cooper NAS Sigonella Veterinarian  If you are in the military and have pets, you will eventually have to PCS with them. There are several requirements for flying and importing/exporting your pet that you need to be aware of as your PCS time gets closer. As a general rule, you should always keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date and have them micro chipped. To travel back to the continental United States with your dog or cat, their rabies vaccine must be less than a year but more than 30 days old. Many countries do not accept the three year rabies vaccine. They must also be micro chipped. Other countries (and Hawaii) have very strict regulations concerning rabies quarantine and blood work showing their rabies titers is required (FAVN). This process should be started at least six months before the travel date to avoid long quaApr. 25 H: 67 L: 52

Easter is coming up this Sunday! It’s a time to indulge your sweet tooth and celebrate after the sacrifices of Lent. Find out what events are happening off base this weekend.

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rantine periods for your pet. If you are leaving Italy on a military flight (MAC), please call the Sigonella Veterinary Clinic at 624-4258 to schedule an appointment for a health certificate within 10 days of travel. If you are leaving Italy via a commercial flight, you will need to have a health certificate completed by an Italian government vet within 6 days of travel. Please contact our office for more details. Traveling with pets can be especially challenging during the winter and summer due to temperature restrictions. Whenever possible, book a nonstop flight and avoid plane changes and busy holidays. During warm weather months, choose early morning or late evening flights. In colder months, choose midday flights. The Federal Animal Welfare Act prohibits airlines from accepting dogs and cats for shipment if the airline cannot prevent exposure of the animal to temperatures less than 45 Apr. 27 H:66 L: 50

Get out and explore Siracusa, one of the most historical cities in Sicily. See catacombs, caves, and a Greek theater, and order some fantastic seafood for lunch or dinner.

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degrees F (7.2 C) or more than 85 degrees F (29.5 C) for more than 45 minutes when the animal is transferred between the terminal and the plane, or for more than four hours when the animal is in a holding facility. However, the prohibition against exposure to temperatures below 45 degrees F is waived if a veterinarian provides an acclimation certificate stating that the dog or cat can be exposed to lower temperatures. Your veterinarian cannot issue a certificate allowing exposures to temperatures above 85 degrees F for more than 45 minutes. Certain breeds such as brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs and cats may have difficulty with air travel. Commercial airlines may ban them from flying at all during summer months. Some airlines also have weight restrictions, so keep that in mind before you buy that cute little Cane Corso FIDO, continued on page 12

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Apr. 28 H: 71 L: 52 Sigonella will be visited by a certain rascally rabbit on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NAS I Land Annex Baseball field. Come out and meet the Easter Bunny!

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NaS SigoNella executiVe officer, lt. cmdr. Scott hotteNSteiN

“If I never have to go to another memorial service here at NAS Sigonella, that’d be perfectly fine with me. But I need your help to make that happen.” It’s an awful thing to admit, but I’ve lost count of how many memorial services I’ve been to in the three plus years I’ve been here. There have been at least three traffic deaths and three suicides that I can recall off the top of my head. None of these deaths were without pain to family, friends, and shipmates. I think that all of them could have been prevented. Here are some facts: - We are averaging one traffic accident a day so far this year. With that frequency, the odds are that we’ll have a really serious injury or death at some point. Given the aggressive and challenging driving in Sicily an accident can happen to you. I would put my driving skills up against anyone’s on the base. Still, one afternoon about a year and a half ago, I had to avoid a car coming at me in my lane. Luckily, I was unhurt, but avoiding the oncoming vehicle ended with my vehicle totaled and balancing on two tires in a ditch alongside an orange grove. - We continue to have DUIs and near-DUIs. Absolutely nothing good can come out of drinking and dri-

ving. - Decisions are still being made around base that favor shortcuts which save time at the expense of doing it right and safely. At the Safety Committee meeting this month, there were reports of people working aloft without the proper safety gear such as helmets or even harnesses. I’m sure this saved a few minutes time, but the results could have been deadly. - With OPERATION ODYSSEY DAWN/UNIFIED PROTECTOR, our operations tempo is not going to slow down for awhile. We will have more stress in our professional and personal lives in the next few months. - Across the Navy, we “lose” about 10 Sailors a day to accidents, DUIs, Family Advocacy issues, sexual assault, and suicide. When I say “lose,” I mean either charged with a criminal offense, seriously injured, or dead. Here are some experiences that I’ll never forget: - Showing up at the front door of a mother and father in upstate

Sigonella  Hazardous  Waste Program “TOPS” in  EURAFSWA Article by Wayne C. Hagwood CECM NAS Sigonella Environmental  Department All DOD installations OCONUS are required by each host nation’s Environmental Final Governing Standards (FGS) to ensure they are meeting all Hazardous Waste characterization, storage, transportation and disposal requirements. NAS Sigonella Environmental Division has gone above and beyond this requirement by implementing into its hazardous waste program Best Management Practices (BMP), as outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), specifically the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Hazardous Waste Program Manager (HWPM) and Daily Operations Manager ensure on a daily basis that all hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated at NASSIG is properly characterized, stored, and shipped for disposal. They ensure this is done by being in close contact with seven Temporary Deposit of Waste (TDW) and 17 Accumulation Point (AP) waste sites located at NAS I, NAS II, Niscemi, Weapons, and Piano Tavola. They also ensure each site has a trained primary 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 GM2 Kris Carmody MCSN 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 624-5440

and secondary Coordinator to ensure each site is properly maintained on a daily basis. The HWPM conducts routine inspections of each site and provide required annual training to all Coordinators. One of the main tools used to achieve this is a comprehensive waste tracking database. The Hazwaste Tracking Database allows each container of waste to be tracked from its origin or start date, to each containers’ final disposal. It also tracks each containers’ maximum storage time of 60 days to ensure proper disposal in a timely manner. As shown above, the NAS Sigonella Hazardous Waste Storage Facility is designed to allow hazardous waste personnel to control the proper storage, segregation, and compatibility of all waste that is generated and stored. A properly designated cell is provided for each hazard class and has lined rows to allow every pallet of waste to be given a specific storage area which is logged into the Hazardous Waste Operating Record as required by the Italian Final Governing Standards. All cells are separated by a 10 foot wall to ensure no comingling of waste. NAS Sigonellas hazardous waste tracWASTE, continued on page 12 This civilian enterprise (CE) newspaper is an authorized publication for 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 non-merit 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

New York to tell them that their son, who they had just spoken to fifteen hours before, was dead. Having to make the choice of coffin for the family because they just couldn’t process the fact that their son was gone. Showing up the morning of the funeral only to learn that the Sailor’s father had had a heart attack early that morning. Seeing a two mile long procession of cars behind the hearse as we drove down to Saratoga National. Utterly failing at trying not to flinch as the first rounds of the 21 gun salute were fired after taps was played. Pulling the Sailor’s mother away from the grave because there was no one else to do it at the end. I never met him, but I’ll never forget Petty Officer Joseph E. King III. - Standing in a darkened living room while delivering an autopsy report to a widow, including pictures of her dead husband’s naked, mangled body, while two of her four little girls slept on the sofa, home from school with strep throat. Listening to family and friends share stories of what an exceptio-

nal Sailor her husband was, how he was an outstanding police officer who had been decorated numerous times, how he had volunteered for the Navy Reserve less than a month after 9/11, and then almost immediately volunteered for mobilization to Kuwait - which is where he lost his life in a vicious car accident while five of his Shipmates looked on helplessly. Escorting the widow and four daughters to the ceremony where the new barracks building at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown was named after him. Hugging the widow and her daughters at the end of the ceremony. I never met him, but I’ll never forget Petty Officer Michael Gray. If these experiences made such an impression on me, imagine how the families and friends of these Sailors felt. We can’t let this happen to anyone in our Sigonella family, we just can’t. The good news is that there is plenty of help here in Sigonella. Just two examples: We have an excellent Fleet and Family Service Center staff who is dedicated to

providing the services you need to get help: transition assistance, financial management, clinical counseling, and so on. Think it will adversely affect your career? I went to get help after returning from my Individual Augmentee deployment in 2007 – and it helped! We have an outstanding group of Chaplains, any of whom will minister to you regardless of your faith. Think they don’t know what’s going on in your lives? One of them is a former Chief Petty Officer who wears the Meritorious Service Medal, which he did not earn from behind a desk. Believe me, they get it and they can help. I need your help in preventing another memorial service. Each of the 5,000 Sigonellans is a shipmate to one another. It doesn’t matter if you are an active duty Sailor, a U.S. civilian employee, a family member, or one of our Italian employees. Talk to each other. Do the right thing. Thank you for your help. I’ll see you around the base!

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049 PROTESTANT ROMAN CATHOLIC Sunday Sunday 1045 Protestant Worship (NAS I) 0900 Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) Wednesday 1200 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) 1700 Fellowship Meal Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 1800 Adult Bible Study 1130 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) Youth Group JEWISH LAY SERVICES Children’s Class First Friday CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE 1800 Shabbat Service (NAS I Chapel) Sunday 1300 Bible Study (NAS I Chapel) 1330 Worship Service Call 624-5128 or 338-736-3061 OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES POINTS OF CONTACT Muslim Prayer Room, open for daily prayers, NAS II Chapel, x9049. Latter-day Saints: Sunday 1300 Catania Chapel,; 624-1393 AA Meetings: Monday,Wednesday, Friday – 1900, NAS II Chapel, 346-840-7745

Sparky the Fire Dog By Sandra S. Basile NAS Sigonella FES Assistant Chief of  Prevention Sparky the fire dog is a Dalmatian who has been the official mascot of the “National Fire Protection Association”, (NFPA) a United States organization in charge of creating and maintaining minimum standards and requirements for fire prevention, suppression training, and equipment since 1951. Sparky not only hosts his own website,, to teach children about fire safety and other important safety topics, but has also starred in his own series of television public service announcements. Brandi, Publisher, Naval Support Activity, Capodichino (Naples), Italy - Tel. 081568-7884, 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, guard mail stop #68 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.

On March 18, Sparky turned 60 years old and the NASSIG Fire Department celebrated his birthday by hosting a birthday party for him at the elementary school. All the kinder and sure start kids were on hand to celebrate the occasion with Sparky. Chocolate cake was served at the cafeteria. The children sang happy birthday to Sparky, made him birthday cards and took pictures with him. Sparky is the key representative in mes-

sages to children about fire hazards and pre-cautionary safety measures. Today, the image of Sparky has become synonymous with helping children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 become aware of what to do in the event of fire. Most children never out grow their fondness for Sparky. The NASSIG high school/middle school students always enjoy a visit from Sparky. We find that the lessons they learned from him as young children are still with them in their young adult lives. Sparky the Fire Dog has helped millions of children be better

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CNE-CNA-C6F/CNREURAFSEA IG Hotline It’s everyone’s responsibility to report fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in Navy activities to: Office of the Inspector General, Naples, Italy Leave a recorded message 24/7: DSN 626-2983, Comm: 081-568-2983 Speak to the Investigator: DSN 626-2964, Comm: 081568-2964 Email: Website: You can choose to remain anonymous or confidential.

april 22, 2011

MCPON testifies before  Senate on quality of life By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Sonya Ansarov Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West testified for the first time before the Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, April 13. West, along with the other top enlisted leaders from the Marines, Army and Air Force, appeared before the committee to discuss the health of their forces, quality of life programs, family readiness, continuum of care, Reserve force, and family housing. "Current operational demands and high operating tempo have placed added stress on the force," said West. "Our many personnel and family readiness programs remain one of our Navy's highest priorities." Navy's Homeport Ashore program, bachelor and Navy family housing, childcare, and Continuum of Care were important issues that were brought up to the congressional subcommittee. "One area that has had recent significant impact on quality of life for our families that I feel the need to highlight is the Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 2011," said West. West detailed for the committee how the spending restrictions

under the CR resulted in considerable delays in permanentchange-of-station (PCS) orders and more than 20,000 sets of orders were deferred. He said under the CR, the Navy has not had sufficient manpower funding to allow for normal lead times for Sailors to receive PCS orders, and the result is the average lead times have been reduced from four to six months to two months or less. "While relief is on the way, lingering effects of the CR will continue to place emotional and economic strain on our Sailors and their families as they attempt to sell homes, seek follow on employment for family members, enroll children in schools, and complete necessary screening and training requirements prior to transfer," said West. West continued to explain that though our leadership continues to be resourceful in mitigating the impact, the CR has affected funding for new construction and facility sustainment in barracks and base operating support. West gave the committee a global snapshot of the Navy's current operations with approximately 60 percent of the Navy's ships underway, 40 percent being on deployment worldwide, and more than 28,000 Sailors are on the ground and at sea in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of operations in Iraq

and Afghanistan. Naval forces are providing direct support of ongoing operations in the Mediterranean Sea, executing counter-piracy missions off the coast of Africa, and continuing to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the people of Japan. Greater demand on Navy forces has lead to longer deployments and shorter dwell, or turnaround times, which increases strain on Sailors, Navy civilians and their families, West explained. West said he firmly believes that how the Sailors sent to war, the families they leave behind and those wounded and retired shipmates are supported, truly defines us as a Navy and a nation. "Despite these challenges, our leadership remains focused on providing support to our Sailors and their families to foster resiliency as well as family readiness," said West. In closing, West thanked the subcommittee for their steadfast support of our men and women in uniform. West periodically testifies before Congress along with the senior enlisted leaders of the other services. This was his first appearance before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. For more news from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, v i s i t

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Empower. Enrich. EDUCATE. The impact of sexual assault and steps to recovery Article adapted from Military One Source

Everyone copes with problems differently. You may or may not have the reactions to sexual assault described below. The most important thing to remember is that help from many sources is available. After a sexual assault, a victim may feel overwhelmed by emotions such as fear, anger, or anxiety. These are common reactions to a traumatic event. Other reactions can include the following: -nightmares and flashbacks (sudden, intense memories of the incident) -appetite disturbances, such as overeating or eating too little -poor concentration and reduced ability to stay on task -problems with memory -trying to avoid thinking or talking about the incident -feelings of shame and selfblame, such as feeling responsible for the attack -feeling sad, lonely, betrayed,



or hopeless about the future -increased problems with or withdrawing from friends, family, and enjoyable activities -fear of going to places that might cause disturbing memories of the incident -being easily startled or frightened -excessive concern about the security of one's environment -mood swings -- sudden, marked shifts from one emotional state to another -feeling numb or disconnected from others, physically and emotionally -flashes of irritation, impatience, or rage -- even in people who don't usually get angry -increased use of alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs -loss of interest in or avoidance of sex, or an increase in sexual behavior It is common for everyone to have one or more of these symptoms to some extent after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. However, most people's symptoms resolve in time and with help. Severe reactions,

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such as thoughts of self harm, should be reported immediately to a medical or mental health care provider. One way to feel more in control after a sexual assault is to make your own decisions about what feels comfortable at each stage of your recovery. You may want to consider making choices about the following: -Everyday routines. Some people find that keeping up their usual work or other routines gives their lives structure at a difficult time. Others find it more helpful to cut back on some activities and take things a little slower for a while. -Other kinds of counseling and support groups. Face-to-face or telephone counseling may reduce your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another health condition after an assault. You may also want to consider the following: -Take a self-defense class. The skills taught in self-defense classes can help you feel more in control. The workouts in these classes are also good for relieving stress. ASSAULT, continued on page 12

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april 22, 2011 Alberto Lunetta The Signature Staff

Sicilian Easter sweet temptations Easter is coming up this Sunday and it’s a time to indulge your sweet tooth and celebrate after the sacrifices of Lent. As the Sicilian saying goes "Aviri cchiu' chiffari di lu furnu di Pasqua," (being more busy than an oven during Easter), during the Easter Sicilians bake a lot of scrumptious pastries that are still prepared according to secret ancient recipes handed down from Sicilian nuns and Moorish bakers. There is wide variety of Sicilian treats, which are basically made with eggs, flour, almonds, candied fruits and ricotta cheese. Although chocolate Easter eggs, which come in assorted sizes, are big sellers in Sicily, traditional dolci (treats) are still very popular in the island. Among the most famous treats there is the "Cuddura cu l'ovu" that is a cookie with hardboiled eggs placed in the middle. The marzipan "Agneddu Pasquali" (which in Sicilian means Easter Lamb) is undoubtedly, the most peculiar Easter cake. It comes from a Jewish tradition, and it is made with sugar and clove paste. It is shaped as the "Agnus Dei" (Lamb of God), whose bronze prototype is in Palermo's National Museum. The lamb is always set in a grassy background with a banner placed in the back. The banner is a small reproduction of the medieval symbol of the French kings who ruled Sicily.

diameter and its inventor used all the delicacies available at the time. Over the centuries, this cake became so popular that in 1575, the Ecclesiastical Council of Mazara (province of Trapani) banned its production in convents and monasteries to prevent the nuns, who were very skilled and popular confectioners, from being disturbed during the Holy Week's prayers. According to schoPhoto by lars, the first proto“Cuddure cu l’ova” (wreaths with eggs) are among the most scrumptious sweets you type of modern may sample during Easter time in Sicily. Cassata, which included sophisticated dewith sugar and clove paste is a coated with icing and decorated corations with candied fruits, pretty traditional variety of Ea- with candied fruit. Cassata is was prepared in the second half ster lambs. The most valuable also available in smaller and dif- of the 16th century by the nuns lambs are indeed the "Agneddi ferently shaped versions named of the Valverde Monastery in di Pasta Riali," or marzipan "Cassateddi." Eating Cassata is Palermo. lambs, made with ground al- a must for any good Sicilian, as "Viscotta di casa." (home made monds and sugar, covered with the saying tells, "Tintu cu nun cookies) and “Cuddure cu icing and painted like the Mar- mancia cassati la matina ri Pa- l’ova” (wreaths with eggs) are torana fruit. These particular squa," which in Sicilian means: another type of Sicilian Easter lambs are often filled with ci- "Bad is the one who doesn't eat tron jam and are a specialty of Cassate on Easter morning." the towns of Erice and Acireale, Cassata was first prepared in where they're made close to life 998 at the palace of Emir Yussuf size. Pasta Riali in Sicilian in Palermo during the Arab means royal paste because it rule. Its name derives from was made in the kitchens of the "Quas'at," which in Arabic great nobles and nuns of the means round bowl. Historians Martorana Convent in Pa- believe that this cake was prepalermo. Another essential Easter red in a round bowl 33 cm in The tantalizing "Agneddu di cake is "Cassata," one of the Pasta di Zuccaru e Jarofulu," world's most famous Sicilian which is still made by hand pastries. It is made with ricotta,

sweets worth mentioning. They are still prepared according to ancient recipes. As reported by, the recipe of “Cuddure cu l’ova” or “Pupi cu l’ova” goes back to ancient Greece, to the time when the Greeks colonized Sicily some 2,500 years ago. They used to make a pastry with the ingredients of that time, which they called Coulloura and which they offered to the gods. After the Christianization of Sicily, the Catholic Church adapted the custom to its Easter celebrations. The sweet pastry is always served with a hard-boiled egg, held in place by two strips of dough formed into a cross. The shape varies according to the cook or region: it may be a bell to announce Christ's resurrection, a basket to symbolize abundance, a dove, a hen for boys, a doll for girls. If there are engagements in the air at this time, the future couple may be presented with cudduras in the shape of rings.

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april 22, 2011

U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella  leadership  attends Catania FIDAPA Candle Light  Ceremony

Photo by Orietta Scardino (ANSA)

From left to right: Capt. Gina M. Jaeger, Sigonella USNH Executive Officer; Mrs. Cinzia Vincenza Giordano, Sigonella USNH ; Capt. Cynthia M. Feller, Sigonella USNH Commanding Officer; Prof. Giuseppina Seidita, FIDAPA National President; Prof. Carmen D'Avola Saguto, Catania FIDAPA President and Prof. Franca Stivala, University of Catania, Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology Department of General Pathology.

On Apr. 12, the Commanding Officer of the U.S Naval Hospital Sigonella, Capt. Cynthia M. Feller and Executive Officer, Capt. Gina M. Jaeger attended the Catania FIDAPA chapter Candle Night Ceremony. The event marked one of the most meaningful annual celebrations of FIDAPA, a branch of the International

Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW). Catania FIDAPA President Carmen D'Avola Saguto welcomed all the distinguished guests, including FIDAPA national President Prof. Giuseppina Seidita and all the organization’s delegates from the surrounding areas, as well as the Catania


mayor representative, City Transport and Mobility Assessor Alberto Pasqua and local civilian and military authorities. Before the beginning Candle Light Ceremony which symbolizes “the ambitions and endeavors of dedicated women in every country around the world,” the evening guest speaker, Dr. Franca Stivala, Professor of Pathology at the University of Catania Faculty Of Medicine, gave an interesting presentation on the development of women's emancipation movements throughout the centuries. “I am deeply honored and grateful to share once again this important ceremony with US Navy representatives,” President D'Avola Saguto said. Capt. Feller and Capt. Jaeger, who were accompanied by NASSIG Hospital Assistant to Tricare Preferred Provider Network Coordinator Cinzia Vincenza Giordano, said they were honored to receive the invitation from the Catania FIDAPA President to attend the ceremony. “As female Naval Officers, the organizational aims of BPW to develop professional and leadership potential of women at all levels of society resonate with us. The candle-lighting ceremony commemorated the history and the accomplishments of the organization, including advocating equal opportunity and status for women, and also provided the opportunity to

develop international friendships,” they commented at the end of the event. The mission of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) is “to work for equal opportunities and status for women in the economic, civil and political life in all countries, and to work for the removal of all discrimination.” As reported by, more then 77 years ago, BPW was founded by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips from the United States of America and a few years later she conceived the idea of the Candle Lighting Ceremony. The members of the United States of America made goodwill tours to Europe to share their interests and their beliefs with women of Europe. Through their efforts and influence, groups were organized in several countries. In 1930, women from 16 countries met in Geneva where a long cherished dream – the forming of the International Federation – became a reality. The Sigonella USNH leadership’s presence at the event was coordinated and facilitated by NASSIG PAO Community Relations Officer Dott. Alberto Lunetta. Service members interested in volunteering for similar COMREL events are welcomed to contact the PAO Community Relations Officer at 624-5229.

Catania historic center store owners open on Sundays to challenge shopping mall competition Catania - As reported by Sicilian media, the Catania chapter of Confcommercio (the Italian General Federation of Commerce, Services and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) launched a new initiative last Thursday to fight the new competitive pressures coming from the new “giant” malls and shopping centers that have opened in the Catania outskirts. Catania historic center store owners indeed argue that shopping malls have been slowly killing retail in the city's historic heart. Therefore, they decided to stay open on Sundays through July (from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m.) in an attempt to try to keep retail shopping business in Catania alive and at the same time promote the artistic beauty of the historic center. Catania store owners, who claim that retail sales in town have been falling lately, said they are “very worried” by the recent change of Sicilian shopping patterns. "Shoppers who come to the Catania historic center on Sunday will find a lot of free parking space because they won't have to pay the blue lanes fee," a store owner said.

Florence  cathedral  reopens  aer five year restoration Story by ANSA Florence - One of Italy's most renowned Gothic cathedrals, the Santa Croce Basilica, has reopened in Florence after five years of restoration. But the cathedral, which is the burial place of famous Italians including Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli, has reopened with a difference. The scaffolding used for the restoration works has been left inside the basilica

to give visitors, and art lovers in particular, the opportunity to see the impact of the restoration which covered 850 square metres of frescoes in the basilica's main chapel. "The most fascinating thing about this work is that those who enter can have very close contact with the material," said restorer, Mariarosa Lanfranchi. "A brushstroke, a carving, a correction, a line of color, minute things that you don't normally see, that even escape the restorer, add a kind of intimacy and community with those who created the work". "Sometimes you can feel or understand what is behind it, what might have occurred to produce it and as a consequence, an example of life from so many centuries ago." A small number of visitors will be per-

mitted to climb the scaffolding and admire the 600-year-old frescoes of Agnolo Gaddi, considered the last heir of famous Florentine painter, Giotto. "We hope we can keep the scaffolding open to the public for at least a year," said the project's coordinator, Cecilia Frosinini. "It is really a unique opportunity for visitors to look at details like these up close, and also because this is an artistic period very rich in particular decorative arts." The Santa Croce Basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world and has 16 chapels. Constructed in 1294, it is believed to be the work of Arnolfo di Cambio, who was financed by wealthy Florentine families.

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Article and photos by Tracie Barnthouse The Signature Editor

If you know me at all, you know that I’m really not much of a history buff. I mean, I’m interested in it to an extent, but tend to be distracted by things like cute little souvenir trinkets! And old doors that are calling out for me to photograph them! And random Sicilian hand gestures (what do they mean?)! So, when I was invited to join a group of friends for a historical tour of Siracusa, I was the first to RSVP yes. I’m a lesson in contradictory messages, of this I know. This article will be for the non-history lover, and how you can learn to love or at least tolerate - the centuries of history that surround you on a daily basis. Let’s do this! Siracusa is about one hour away from Sigonella, and an easy shot down the A19, due to the new road that opened a year or


so ago. There are no winding roads, and signs are clearly marked, so getting lost is unlikely. Just follow the signs and you’ll be good. One thing to note, you’ll see signs for Siracusa Nord before the actual city center of Siracusa. Don’t take the Nord exit; just stay on the A19 until you reach the main ramp to the city. Siracusa is known for its Greek history, and was the birthplace of the mathematician and engineer Archimedes. The town played a big role in ancient times, and was once considered one of the major powers in the Mediterranean. One of the first stops on your tour should be to the Archeological Park of the Neapolis and the Greek Amphitheater, which is one of the largest ever built by the Greeks, with 67 rows that are divided into nine sections. The Romans modified the backdrop, and the theater was used for different activities, in-

cluding circus games, dramas, and comedy shows. Located in the same area are stone quarries that were used as prisons in ancient times. Located nearby is what is known as the Ear of Dionysius, which is a deep, man-made cave that’s famous for its acoustics. If you are visiting during slow season, feel free to walk into the cave and sing your favorite little ditty. I was tempted to do the “Riiiiiicola” one from the popular commercial, but thought twice about it, so as to not embarrass myself around my international friends. We were lucky enough to hear an Englishspeaking tour guide sing a couple verses of an Italian song in the cave, and it was amazing. Sound is amplified up to 16 times, and is bound to give you goose bumps. If not, check your pulse. According to legend, the Ear of Dionysius allowed Dionysius, the local tyrant, to hear the whispers of the pri-


and how the light plays with the shadows. Another site not to miss are the catacombs of San Giovanni, which are across the street from the basilica. The catacombs are open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and then again from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. It’s open every day and there is a six euro entrance fee and an English-spoken guided tour. During Roman rule, Christians were not allowed to bury their dead within city limits. Because of this, they went outside the city limits of Siracusa to create chambers that had once been used by the Greeks as underground aqueducts. The land on which the catacombs are located houses what remains of the Church of San Giovanni, and soners that were being held in St. Paul is said to have preached there, so Christians view it as the cave. Creepy. Also located on the park holy ground. Underneath the grounds is the Roman amphi- church is the Crypt of St. Martheater and the Altar of Hieron cian. There are frescoes on the II, which was a sacrificial site walls that can still be seen, as where at one time 400 bulls well. It’s a little eerie, but defiwere sacrificed. Even a history nitely a cool thing to check out non-buff like myself has to if you’re in Siracusa. admit that that’s pretty cool, if Siracusa is known for its seafood, and there are many renot a little gory. Definitely check this park out if staurants around for you to be you’re in the area. There is an choosy. Pick one – I’m sure it’ll entrance fee of nine euro (kids be great. are free), and you buy tickets Get out and explore Sicily, and across the street in a little buil- make Siracusa high on your to ding with a sign with the word see list. Do you have a good travel story biglietti on it. After visiting the park, walk to idea? Email me at tracie.barthe magnificent cathedral in the and tell area - Our Lady of Tears Basi- me about it! lica and Shrine, located very close to the Necropolis. You’ll see it; trust me. It’s the big space needle looking building, which for Sicilian churches is very uncharacteristic. You can’t miss it. It’s worth a little walk through, just to see the interior

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*Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. *Lunch: Chicken Corn Chowder, Baked Fish, Meat Loaf, Paprika Buttered Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Fried Okra, Spiced Cake w/ Frosting, Crisp Drop Cookies. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup, Baked Fish W. Cherry Tomato Sauce, Tossed Green Rice, Corn O’Brien, Lima Beans, Spiced Cake w/ Frosting, Crisp Drop Cookies.

*Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast Puff, Asstd Doughnuts, Italian Croissant. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Puree Mongole Soup, Cheddar Chicken Broccoli, Onion Rings, Eggplant Ratatouille, Southwestern Rice, Club Spinach, Almond Cake, Crisp Toffee Bars. *Dinner: Chicken Vegetable Soup, Sauerbraten, Spring Garden Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Natural Pan Gravy, Steamed Cut Green Beans, Seasoned Carrots, Almond Cake, Crisp Toffee Bars.

*Breakfast: Hot Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Grilled Sausage Patties, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Blueberry Muffins. * Lunch: Chicken Vegetable Soup, Roast Turkey, Pasta al Forno, Steamed Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Carrots and Orange Amandine, Club Spinach, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Oatmeal Cookies. *Speed Line: Roast Beef Sandwich, French Fried Potatoes. Dinner: Zesty Bean Soup, Chicken Quartered, Orange Rice, Southern Greens, Seasoned Mixed Vegetables, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Oatmeal Cookies. *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Raisin Muffins. *Lunch: Corn Chowder Soup, Roast Pork, Chinese Five Spice Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Steamed Rice, Seasoned Carrots, Asparagus, Peanut Butter Cookies, Cherry Pie. *Speed Line: Hot dogs,Chili Macaroni. *Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Salisbury Steak, Ginger Rice, Mexican Corn, Steamed Carrots, Cherry Pie, Peanut Butter Cookies.

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*Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Crumb Cake. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Creole Soup, Teriyaki Chicken, Fried Rice, Asparagus, Calico Corn, Cherry Pie, Abracadabra Bars. *Dinner: Vegetable Soup, Baked Lasagna, Steamed Rice, Seasoned Asparagus, Steamed Cauliflower, Garlic Bread, Cherry Pie, and Abracadabra Bars.

*Breakfast: Hot Hominy Grits, Minced Beef on Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Streusel Coffee Cake. *Lunch: Creamed of Broccoli Soup, Roast Beef, Lemon Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Squash, Brownies, Yellow Cake w/ Icing, Fruit Ambrosia. *Speed line: Turkey/Ham & Cheese Sandwich. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Cajun Meatloaf, Rice Pilaf, Brown Gravy, Peas & Onions, Corn on the Cob, Brownies, Yellow Cake w/ Icing, Fruit Ambrosia.

*Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Bear Claws. *Lunch: Beef Rice Soup, Baked Fish w/ Cherry Tomato Sauce, Baked Chicken, Garlic Cheese Potatoes, Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts Polonaise, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Pudding. *Speed Line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Cream of Chicken Soup, St. Louis BBQ Pork Ribs, Steamed Rice, Greens Beans Nicoise, Steamed Peas, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Pudding.

Hours of Operation Mon-Fri: 6 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. (Breakfast), 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Lunch), 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Dinner) Sat, Sun, Holidays: 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Breakfast), 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Brunch), 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Dinner)

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Eggstravaganza Sigonella will be visited by a certain rascally rabbit! Hop on down to the Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NAS I Land Annex Baseball field. Kids 0 – 12 can search for eggs in our giant egg hunt. Parents, don’t forget to bring the camera because there’ll be a special visit by Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny. For more information call 624-3736.

Check out what is going on with MWR Family story hour Thursday, April 28 6:30 pm in the Marinai Community Center Put on your pjs, grab a cozy blanket, and join us for a very special Family Story Hour! In honor of the Month of the Military Child, the Sigonella Elementary PTO and Sigonella’s Premier Library are please to host an evening with the award winning children’s author, Kimberly Willis-Holt. Cookies, milk and autographs to follow.

midtoWN moVie theaterS Schedule & deScriptioNS

JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER- Justin Bieber, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Boys II Men, Sean Kingston

Friday, April 22 5:00pm Beastly PG-13 PREMIERE 7:30pm Take Me Home Tonight R PREMIERE Saturday, April 23 2:00pm Hop G 4:30pm The Adjustment Bureau PG-13 PREMIERE 7:00pm Take Me Home Tonight R Sunday, April 24 2:00pm Gnomeo and Juliet G 4:00pm Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules PG 6:30pm The Adjustment Bureau PG-13 Tuesday, April 26 5:00pm Beastly PG-13 7:30pm Take Me Home Tonight R Wednesday, April 27 5:00pm The Adjustment Bureau PG-13 7:30pm Hall Pass R Thursday, April 28 5:00pm I Am Number 4 PG-13 7:30pm Take Me Home Tonight R Friday, April 29 5:00pm Mars Needs Moms PG PREMIERE 7:30pm The Adjustment Bureau PG-13

Director Jon Chu's 3D fan cut is an exclusive, one-week limited release with 40 minutes of new Bieber footage! As he began the editing process several months ago, and upon realizing the significant amount of great footage he had obtained, Chu began to develop with the studio an idea for a second, and more fan centric, edition of the movie. While promoting the film's initial release, he spent dozens of hours on Twitter and Facebook engaging with fans to learn more about what they were most anxious to see. Some scenes contained in the new cut include: more of Justin’s friends and hometown life, new songs and performances, and special footage shot at fan premieres across the country. (105 min.) GNOMEO AND JULIET- James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith, Michael Canie, Jason Statham

Two garden gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, try to avoid tragedy and find a happy ending to their star-crossed love affair when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. (84 min.) I AM NUMBER 4- Alex Pettyfer, Timmothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand

An extraordinary young man, John Smith, is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events -- his first love, powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. (110 min.) SANCTUM- Alice Parkinson, Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Loan Gruffudd

Master diver Frank McGuire has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team including 17-year-old son Josh and financier Carl are forced to alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever? (109 min.) JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER- Justin Bieber, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Boys II Men, Sean Kingston Director Jon Chu's 3D fan cut is an exclusive, one-week limited release with 40 minutes of new Bieber footage! As he began the editing process several months ago, and upon realizing the significant amount of great footage he had obtained, Chu began to develop with the studio an idea for a second, and more fan centric, edition of the movie. While promoting the film's initial release, he spent dozens of hours on Twitter and Facebook engaging with fans to learn more about what they were most anxious to see. Some scenes contained in the new cut include: more of Justin’s friends and hometown life, new songs and performances, and special footage shot at fan premieres across the country. (105 min.) Movie schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm. Movie Hotline: 624-4248

Single & Mingle  Costume Party Saturday, April 23 Join Liberty for a single & mingling costume party at Connections at 9 pm. Come dressed to impress and who knows, you might even take home a prize for best costume.

Guys Only Golf Trip Join Liberty for a day of golf at the II Picciolo Golf Club. II Picciolo is perched on the side of Mt. Etna, a slightly narrow course that offers amazing views from all 18 holes. Need Golf Clubs? Stop by ITT Gear-n- Go to reserve your gear. Sign up today at Take 5 space is limited, for more information call 624-5602.

ITT has many trips to offer for Easter! Enna on Good Friday Friday, April 22 Celebrate Good Friday on top of the world, or at least on top of Sicily. Sicily’s highest town has one of the most unique traditions. The lady of the seven sorrows is carried in a procession to the Cathedral where the Um of the Dead Christ awaits. The procession is led by thousands of hooded brethren wearing capes of different colors. Don’t forget to bring you camera on this trip you will be very disappointed if you don’t.

“Holy Saturday” to Ferla for the “Sciaccariata” (toches by fire) The Holy Night Saturday, April 23 At 9 p.m. the town’s church bells will signal the beginning of the celebration starting with a fireworks display. Church’s are illuminated, the town band plays and the procession begins. Those who dare continue through out the night carrying Christ’s body around the town in a torch-lit vigil.

Easter in San Biagio Platani & Sant’ Angelo Muxaro Sunday, April 24 Come see two religious parties deck the town in colorful decorative arches made from all sorts of materials including vegetables and cereals. Each groups work is prepared in absolute secrecy during the weeks leading up to Easter and each attempts to out-do the other. The competitive spirit is, however, just a back drop to the catholic celebration of Easter.

What’s going on at Splashers!!! New Lap Swim Hours Monday – Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Summer 2011 Splashers Season Passes go on sale Monday, May 2. Weekend Season starts Memorial Day Weekend, Summer hours begin Saturday, June 18! Happy Swimming everyone!

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puppy! Another concern found in the Mediterranean area for pets is a parasite called leishmania. This parasite is usually transmitted by the sandfly with a peak season from April to October. When an infected sandfly bites an animal host, the parasite is transmitted to the bloodstream. Depending on the immune system response, your pet may or may not develop clinical signs. The parasite can lay dormant in your pet for up to seven years and can be very difficult to detect! Signs include skin problems, especially hair loss around the nose or ears, weight loss, increased urination and thirst, enlarged lymph nodes, or abnormal nail growth. There is currently no approved vaccination for leishmaniasis, so the best method of prevention is reducing exposure to sandflies. Using a product such as a Scalibor collar or Advantix will help prevent fleas, ticks, and sandflies from feeding and transmitting disease. A Scalibor collar can be purchased at the Veterinary Clinic on NAS I and lasts for six months. You should avoid getting the Scalibor collar wet as it can cause skin irritation. Advantix is also sold at the Veterinary Clinic and is a topical product applied to the skin between your animal’s shoulder blades. Advantix should be used every three weeks during the summer for maximum efficacy. Remember when you decide to get a pet, you are accepting responsibility for that life. Moving is not an excuse for getting rid of your pet. Also, many military and civilian housing areas have banned what they consider dangerous breeds, so do your research before buying a pet. The out-processing checklist from PSD does include the Veterinary Clinic, so if you have a pet, you must make travel arrangements for them before check out can be completed. If you have given your pet away, you must come to the Veterinary Clinic to complete a transfer of ownership to show that you no longer own that animal. Your pet is micro chipped and if found, you will be responsible for that pet, even if you have moved. With proper planning and flexibility with travel plans, a smooth move is possible for your whole family. Please contact the Veterinary Clinic on NAS I for more information regarding pet travel. Please contact the Veterinary Clinic with any questions at 624-4258.

students, and will cap off her visit with Story Time with an autograph session following. “Military children are my favorite audiences,” said Willis-Holt. “Speaking to them gives me an opportunity to share my own military childhood experiences and how those experiences have a lot to do with the writer I am today.” Through Piper’s eyes, young readers can relate to her and the experiences she has as a part of a military family. “Piper loves being a Navy brat,” said Willis-Holt. “She thinks of her dad’s military assignments as adventures. When I was growing up, I didn’t appreciate my military childhood. I was shy and it was difficult for me to make friends. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized what a rich childhood I had. By the time I was 14, I had lived and traveled to more places than most civilian adults. A military childhood broadens you as a person, makes you open-minded to others, and gives you coping skills. You can put someone with a military childhood in almost any situation and they will adapt. Being adaptable is one of our strengths. We grew up having to adjust to new situations, and that’s the beauty of having to be the new kid. You gain a lot from those awkward experiences.” For military children at NAS Sigonella, Willis-Holt says, “Enjoy your adventures. Right now, you may not realize how lucky you are to have experienced places you’ve lived or to have the kind of life you have. One day, you will. It is what will make you unique from a lot of people. Embrace that difference. Who knows? One day that childhood may be the source of books you write.”

-If it feels right, connect with trusted friends or family members who can provide support. If you'd rather be by yourself for a while, that's OK, too. But it's important to get support from loved ones. -Consider meditation or yoga to help reduce stress. You might also set aside extra time for hobbies or activities. This can distract you from unpleasant thoughts and help to ease any stress you feel. Recovery from sexual assault is a very personal matter. It doesn't occur on a strict timetable. Some people even have delayed reactions to an assault and go on for a while as though nothing happened. However, at some point they may encounter a reminder of the event and then feel upset. Try to remember that healing does not happen in a straight line. It's perfectly normal to start to feel better and then have a setback. Sometimes, setbacks can make you feel as though you've made little progress. Nevertheless, you are likely to see a gradual improvement over time. Keep in mind that recovery is an ongoing process. Your goal is to move forward -- little by little if needed -- so that the assault no longer influences your life.

WASTE, continued from page 2 king database was recognized by the NAVFAC EURAFSWA Region 2011 Environmental Assessment audit team as setting a precedent to be followed by other installations in the region. The audit team further stated PW Environmental management of the program has led to the NAS Sigonella hazardous waste program being one of the top in the CNREURAFSWA AOR. If you have any questions concerning disposal of hazardous waste please call: 6242463 or 624-2707.

Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholic Anonymous meeting will be held on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the NASII Chapel. If additional meetings are needed or for more information please call x3267

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informed about what to do in the event of a fire through his image on activity books, clothing and other information materials. The legend of Sparky: Once upon a time, there lived a small Dalmatian puppy that used to sit near a fence at a school. The puppy enjoyed watching the little children of the school play outdoors. One day, the puppy decided to follow two of the children to their home. Tired from the trot, the puppy lay near a tree to rest his weary feet. Upon awakening, the shocked little puppy realized that the children’s' home was on fire. The puppy scampered to the local fire station to warn the firemen. The firemen heard the puppy's plea for help and rushed to the fire scene to douse the flames. When the raging fire was finally extinguished, the firemen noticed the poor little worried Dalmatian shivering under a tree. The firefighters took the Dalmatian and brought him to the children’s family, in hopes that he could cheer them up. Once there, the firefighters informed the family that the dog had ran all the way to the fire station to inform the firefighters of the raging fire. The firefighters realized that the dog was a heroic anti-fire dog. Thus, the firefighters called the Dalmatian “Sparky the fire dog”, and Sparky found a new home at the fire station from then on.

KEARSARGE, continued from page 1 Recreation Director. Along with hosting tours for the Sailors and Marines, whose operations tempo has prevented them from visiting a liberty port in more than 60 days, MWR was also asked to set up temporary quarters for a small conglomeration of the ships company. They accomplished this by converting the gymnasium on NAS Sigonella’s operational base to a open bay filled with 300 cots in order to allow the personnel to have in port berthing. “The entire recreation branch was deeply involved in the coordination of base sporting events, golf tournaments and command functions, said Froelicher. MWR also worked through the weekend remodeling a new recreation annex facility on the pier to accommodate a ship of such size. “We brought live music along with food and refreshments to the pier and have been providing this service to hundreds of people since the night of the ships pull in,” said Froelicher. The Kearsarge is scheduled to depart from Augusta Bay to continue its routine deployment, but as for the employees of MWR recreation branch, Kearsarge are just a small group of the temporary base residents MWR are providing for. For more information on what MWR is providing in your area visit




Hospital Job Vacancy Contracting Office, FISC Sigonella, is soliciting for the following personalized healthcare contract positions at the US Naval Hospital, Sigonella: two full time "Certified Medical Assistants" and one full time "Registered Nurse". Sources must be eligible for US employment. For further information please contact Mr. Giuffrida (DSN 624-5727) or Ms. Randazzo (DSN 6243792). Closing date 29 April 2011.


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NMC DET Sigonella, RDAF work  together for missions in Libya

NMC DET Sigonella and RDAF personnel have been working together on ordance assembly for missions in Libya. By Tracie Barnthouse The Signature Editor

Since the beginning of Operation ODYSSEY DAWN, Navy Munitions Command Detachment Sigonella (NMC) and the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) have been working hand-in-hand, around the clock on ordnance defined for key targets in Libya. Ordnance have been continuously flown in on C-130’s from Denmark and

have been off-loaded in a joint effort between Algese (Italian contractors that work with Flight Line support), RDAF, and NMC. “The whole thing has and continues to be a great orchestra of events,” said NMC DET Sigonella Leading Chief Petty Officer John Zink. “The Danish have done most of the work and deserve great credit for it. They have followed our procedures without worry or complaint.”

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Assets such as components to build laser and GPS-guided bombs were loaded onto NMC trucks and transported to the NMC compound to ensure proper storage and for assembly. After assembly, the components were escorted back to the flight line on Naval Air Station Sigonella and loaded onto RDAF F16’s for delivery. In a show of gratitude as the RDAF detachment switches over teams, Danish Chief of Ar-

Photo by AOC John Zink, NMC DET Sigonella

mament and Flight Sergeant Thomas and the Danish F-16 Sigonella Team 1 presented NMC with a hand-signed photograph of an F-16 and a case of Danish beer. “From day one, the American help has been outstanding,” said Thomas. “The support they have given us couldn’t have been matched by anyone, and we are very, very grateful. This support has made the difference

between success and failure during the Danish mission - we couldn’t have done this without them.” He added, “In the first week, we worked around the clock - the first five days, our armament team worked for 96 hours, and the Americans were always there to help, always with a smile on their faces. As I said: They’ve been outstanding!”

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