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Sigonella Welfare Animal Society (SAWS) paraded animals available for adoption during the annual Navy Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) parade. Orphan puppy held by parade participant is available for adoption. (Photo by Nikol Black/Released)

Sigonella Welfare Animal Society helps strays find forever homes BY MATTHEW C. HAWS NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


t isn’t possible to adopt every stray animal is Sicily, but you can help foster animals in need of care or give them a forever home with the help of the Sigonella Welfare Animal Society (SAWS). Relying solely on the efforts of efforts of volunteers, SAWS, a nonprofit organization provides animals, primarily cats and dogs, with foster homes until they can find permanent ones. “SAWS actually closed a few years ago due to the closure of the base’s stray control facility, so I decided I would start the program back up again,” said SAWS President Chelsea Humphrey. “It’s been a lot of long hours and advertising but we have had a good response for volunteers and foster care.” While each animal varies in size, color and breed, each one is neutered and spade through the Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella’s base vet clinic. With a book of colored photos and descriptions of animals, Humphrey is hopeful for new owners.

“We have a lot of puppies right now and one thing that is great about this program is that all of the animals undergo immunizations before we find homes for them,” said Humphrey. Rules, regulations and laws are set into place to protect the owner as well as the pets that are adopted or fostered. Each new owner signs a SAWS adoption form or foster agreement that lists a breakdown of rules for the pet. “Once someone adopts a pet through SAWS they are stating that they agree to the base guidelines and they are also held responsible to take the pet with them to their next duty station,” said Humphrey. Contractor Don Lheureux recently rescued four dogs and turned to the SAWS program for guidance on how to find foster care for them. “I found four puppies in a cardboard box at the end of my street in Pedara,”said Lheureux. “These are helpless animals without our care. It’s completely inhumane to leave a young

helpless animal to fend for itself.” While SAWS continues to search for homes for these strays, Lheureux is confident that the four dogs will be rescued and is happy that they’re off the street and living with a foster family. Hours spent fostering a SAWS animal in need count toward volunteer hours. To find out more information on how to volunteer, adopt or foster a pet with SAWS, visit their facebook page at Featured animals available for adoption can also be found in the The Signature’s Il Mercato section.


“Giving is more a dictate of the heart than a command of the brain.” - Henry A. Rosso

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THE SIGNATURE U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella Capt. Scott Butler, Commandinng Officer Cmdr. Eric Vosler, Executive Officer CMDCM David Graham, Command Master Chief

EDITORIAL Lt. Tim Page, Public Affairs Officer

Dott. Alberto Lunetta, Communtiy Relations Officer

Jackie Trembath, Editor


Writers/Photographers MC1 Christopher Delano MM2 Johnnathan Archbold GM2 Kris Carmody

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NAS Sigonella Executive Officer, Cmdr. Eric Vosler


have made my rounds around most of NAS I and started taking down designated parking signs that are no longer relevant or needed; I sure hope the manager at Applebee’s doesn’t mind. All joking aside, this is the part of the “Refresh … Reset … Renew” that Captain Bulter was talking about. If you notice things around your spaces that look out of place or obsolete, bring it to someone’s attention and we’ll get it fixed. That being said, I would like to remind everyone that Thursday, March 1 will be the next edition of the CO’s Feedback Live show on AFN at 6:30 p.m. As always, this is your chance to get feedback from the top. Your suggestions and interest in the community is what we depend on to ensure we make each day better at Sigonella. Visit and click on the Feedback Live Questions Hot Link on the right side to get your questions in early. While we can’t guarantee we can fix every issue, we can guarantee we won’t fix it if we don’t know

about it. Over the next few weeks, the Navy IG will be conducting online surveys until March 12, prior to a visit to NAS Sigonella in late April. These surveys concentrate on areas such as job satisfaction, health and safety, and overall quality of life. Completion of this survey is voluntary and your responses are anonymous and kept strictly confidential. I encourage everyone to take some time out to complete these surveys. The link is available on the NAS Sigonella Facebook page and The Signature (see page 15) and has also been distributed via All Hands email. It is approaching that time of year again! The Active Duty Fund Drive in support of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is kicking off on March 1. I encourage each and everyone in the community to get involved;

either by volunteering or donating. NMCRS is all about SHIPMATES HELPING SHIPMATES. Let’s make this the best year ever!

MC2 Matthew C. Haws MC2 Gary Prill MR2 Gary Spence MCSN Brian Glunt

CONTACT US Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily DSN 624-5440; 095-86-5440 PSC 812 Box 3027, FPO, AE 09627



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AIMD Sigonella achieved a grade of only one program Off-Track, no programs needing more attention, and all drills and practicals were BY AT1 JOSE RIVERADAVID satisfactorily completed. Aviation Intermediate Maintenance "These are the best results I have seen in many years of ersonnel from Aviation conducting these types of Intermediate Maintenance inspections," said Major David Detachment (AIMD) Arenas, officer in charge of demonstrated how well a highly inspection team one. trained and motivated team of Traditionally, after each sailors can perform together to inspection a select group of achieve success. AIMD officers including LCDR Michael Wagner (left) held a cook-out for individuals are recognized for During the week of Jan. 30, a skilled AIMD personnel as a way to say “thank you for a job well done” for outstan- their efforts making the ding results obtained from their Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI). team from Commander Naval Air (U.S. inspection a success. This year Navy photo by AZ2 Anna Finch) Forces (CNAF) performed an the following individuals were Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI) of evolution. recognized with a Bravo-Zulu: AZ1 Sanders, The inspection team evaluated 39 mainte- AT1 Folsom, AS1 Diaz, AS1 Flores-Alba, the maintenance processes at AIMD Sigonella. This inspection is crucial to each nance programs, conducted four drills, and AT1 Riveradavid, AM1 Goodloe, AZ2 aviation command as it ensures every evaluated 51 practical evolutions. The Finch, AZ2 Grigsby, AD2 Yirkovsky, AM2 program is managed properly, personnel are average result for an AMI inspection ranges Castellanos, AM2 Gonzalez, AS2 Rodriguez, properly trained to perform daily mainte- from two to three programs rated as Off- and AS2 Hillman. nance tasks, and emergencies are handled in Track (not in compliance) and four to six the most effective manner. It’s an all hands rated as Needs More Attention (NMA).

Bravo Zulu, AIMD Sigonella


TRAFFIC NUMBERS Jan. 12 Jan. 11 Feb. 12 Feb. 11 Accidents




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.



Traffic Deaths

Be prepared to be on your own for at least three days. Seven is better!


Injuries DUIs

EmErgEncy managEmEnt OfficE


PlEasE, dOn’t bEcOmE a statistic!

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Save at the NMCRS Nearly New Shop BY MATTHEW C. HAWS NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


ervice members at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella have a way to shop and save with Navy Marine Corps Relief Society's (NMCRS) Nearly New Shop. At a glance, one may think that the Nearly New Shop is just another thrift store, but this store has much more behind it than what meets the eye. "The Nearly New Shop is run strictly by volunteers, " said NMCRS Chairman of Volunteers Joy Hardin. “Proceeds from this program fund our NMCRS budget and provide money for programs like our Budget for Baby Program for new families." The Nearly New Store has an assortment of things to offer from kitchen appliances to toys, clothes, shoes and books. “Donations are tax deductible,” said Hardin. “We have forms available for our customers to fill out for tax purposes.” Donated items are sold at a fraction of the original cost to incoming or departing families that are under Permanent Change of Station (PCS) HC3 Andrew Naden buys books for school at the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society's (NMCRS) Nearly New Shop at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. The Nearly New Shop's proceeds go towards NMCRS programs designed to help service members and their families. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Matthew C. Haws/Released) orders. "I was able to come here and good way to save money if you're in school." always need volunteers. We need people on cash regi- tion providing financial, educational, and other assifind books that I need for school With the increased number of personnel coming into sters, and people to clean and sort. There is a lot to do stance to members of the Naval Services of the United that would have normally cost Sigonella, the Nearly New Shop is currently seeking here. Anyone interested in volunteering, please call States. For more information on ways to volunteer or hundreds of dollars," said HC3 to receive aid, visit the website at extra help. the NMCRS Office at 624-4212.” Andrew Nadeau. “It's a really Nearly New Shop Manager Carla Reaves said, "We NMCRS is a private non-profit charitable organiza-

NMCB 5 Seabees recognized for volunteer work BY ALBERTO LUNETTA NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


olunteers from Seabee detachment Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 were recently recognized by Father Giovanni Mammino, San Giovanni Battista Parish priest for their work painting the parish’s community center. Located in the beautiful coastal town of Acitrezza, (Left to right) Father Mammino presented representatives CM3 Michelle Poloway and the community center offers locals a BU1 Anthony Foster with a limited edition print depicting the town of Acitrezza as a thank you for the volunteer work of NMCB 5 Seabees. (Photo by Filiberto Bracchi) place to come together. Through the simple act of painting, NMCB 5 Seabees paved the way for a total renovation of Katie Hale. “I’m very impressed by the spirit of community service the new parish center, a project being handled by the displayed by those American sailors,” said Father sailors of the newly-arrived NMCB 3 detachment. Mammino. “On behalf of the entire Acitrezza community BU1 Anthony Foster and CM3 Michelle Poloway I would like to thank them for their outstanding volunteer (pictured with Father Mammino) accepted the award – work,” limited edition prints depicting the town of Acitrezza, on The Seabees volunteer project was part of the Naval Air behalf of the volunteer group, led by Lt.j.g. Lauren Bueler. Station (NAS) Sigonella Public Affairs Office Community Volunteers included EO2 Jeremy Edelstein, SW2 Crispin Relations Program. Those interested in volunteering Sandoval, CE2 Joseph Ulep, EACN Johnpaul Tandog, should contact Alberto Lunetta, community relations CECN Nathan Morgan, BUCN Lyle Causey, CE3 officer at 095-865229 or Christopher Brackin, BU3 Nabil Rodriguez and SWCN

Feedback Live airs March 1 Feedback Live will air on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. on AFN Prime Atlantic (decoder ch. 20 if you're out in town). Join Commanding Officer, Captain Scott Butler and Command Master Chief David Graham and get your questions answered. Visit and click on the Feedback Live Questions Hot Link on the right side to get your questions in early.



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WEDNESDAY 29 Budget for Baby 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. MWR Classroom Call 624-4212

Bowling Dollar Day



Nuturing Parent Class Noon - 1 p.m.




6 Bowling Dollar Day


Read Across America Sigonella Elementary School 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8 Acoustic Night at Connections 6 - 10 p.m.



MARCH 1 Oliver! Community Musical Sigonella School 7 p.m.

Oliver! Community Musical Sigonella School 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Bingo at Connections 6 p.m.


Karaoke at Jox Pub 8 p.m.


Karaoke at Jox Pub 8 p.m.

9 Bingo at Connections 6 p.m.


11 Karaoke at Jox Pub 8 p.m.

FFSC can be reached at x4291 American Red Cross at x4900 Does your command or organization have an event you’d like to see on the Community Calendar? Email us at and let us know!



Need an appointment at the hospital? Call DSN 624-CARE (2273) or commercial 095-56-2273, M-F: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. for same-day or next-day appointments.



For non-emergent medical questions that arise over the weekend, a holiday or after office hours, please call 335-578-8077 if you are normally seen at the hospital or 335-578-8150 if you are normally seen at the Flight Line Clinic.


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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 095-56-4291

Building resilience as an individual augmentee Provided by


eploying with a unit or component that is not your own — known as serving as an individual augmentee (IA) — offers exciting opportunities to gain new experiences and work with different teams. While IAs bring unique expertise and knowledge that greatly supports the overall unit, their deployment also presents unique challenges. This article outlines tips for IAs to build resilience before, during and after deployment. Prepare for deployment IAs deploy with other units, which means they can be asked to adapt to changing circumstances: • Short notice of deployment • Longer deployments than previously experienced • New or unfamiliar training • Working with a new unit in a new environment As an IA, you may be one of only a few individuals in your neighborhood or town who is being deployed maybe even the only one. Before deployment, locate previously deployed service members in your home community. By preparing a social network before you leave, you can ensure that you have people to reach out to for support when you return. IA deployments can also present unique challenges for families. Since IAs deploy with new units, their families may not have access to the same support networks they leaned on in the past. This may require spouses, parents and loved ones to find new support networks or to rely more on each other for support. To find resources for your family, contact the DCoE Outreach Center 24/7 at 866-966-1020. Support during deployment Research shows that strong social ties can boost an IA’s resilience to combat-related stressors experienced during deployment. Simply put, being social helps build resilience. In addition, having supportive peer-to-leader relationships has been shown to improve confidence and psychological well-being too. Here are some tips to help build a strong support network: • Get to know the members of your new unit and develop friendships. • Make sure to spend some of your downtime around others – even if it’s something as simple as a game of catch. • Talk to someone about what’s going on during your deployment; a friend, chaplain or other trusted colleague can be a good outlet. • Keep an open mind about the deployment experience,



remembering that the operational environment is everchanging. • Adapt and be flexible to the way the new unit operates. If you are an IA, free resources are available to you, and they work. There are a variety of ways you can talk to someone immediately about getting the care you need to maintain your psychological strength: • Speak with your unit’s chaplain or medic — they have been specially trained to connect their warriors to the right tools for building full mission readiness. • Speak with a trained health resource consultant at the DCoE Outreach Center by calling 866-966-1020 or logging on to Real Warriors Live Chat. Regardless of where you are stationed or deployed, someone is available 24/7 to connect you, confidentially, to the right resource for getting care. • Contact your regional Military Treatment Facility, VA Facility or health care provider. • Contact MilitaryOneSource to set up face-to-face, telephone, or online consultation. • Contact Give an Hour to access free mental health services provided to service members and their loved ones affected by wartime service in Iraq or Afghanistan. • Access counseling services through the web-based TRICARE Assistance Program. The service uses webcam and instant messaging to offer private, confidential discussions about family difficulties or separations. Resilience & Reintegration Although returning home is often a time of incredible happiness, the transition back to life at home can be difficult and stressful. Since you did not deploy with your regular unit or maybe even any unit at all, some IAs may also experience less fanfare at homecoming. Regardless of the service, reintegration stress is common among any member of the military. Follow these tips to ease the transition back to civilian life: • Collect contact information from the unit you are attached to, so you can keep in touch after deployment ends. • Keep in touch with a member from the unit you deployed with. He or she can keep you updated on their deployment activity. • Read the Real Warriors Campaign article entitled, “Returning to Family Life After Deployment” and the “Coming Home” brochure developed by the National Military Family Association for reintegration tips.




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Women’s Day celebrated in Italy, March 8 Mimosa flowers are the symbol of the March 8 “Festa della donna” (Women's Day), a day which is commemorated in Italy and all over the world to promote equal rights for women and celebrate their achievements in the field of art and science. In Italy, it is a popular custom to bring mimosa flowers to wives and girlfriends. Vendors sell those perfumed yellow flowers at every street corner. According to a tradition, the origin of this celebration dates back to the tragic events which occurred in 1911 in New York, when 145 immigrant female workers who worked there under terrible conditions died during a fire in the sweatshop where they were kept locked up. This tragedy sparked strong public outcry. Strikes were held to protest against inhumane working conditions and low wages. A few years later, during the Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen, Clara Zetkin, a German socialist leader, suggested that an International Day be held each year to commemorate that ill-fated strike and assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. Representatives from 17 countries supported the proposal. Today, Women's Day is commemorated all over the world to draw attention to gender issues. The Mimosa flower replaced red carnations as a symbol of feminist groups in the post WWII era. The mimosa flower was officially presented in 1946 during the first Women's Day in Rome, which was organized by members from the Italian Women's Trade Union League. Women's Day is also a big commercial event just like Valentine's Day. Florists annually make big profits from selling mimosa bunches. Restaurants are all booked by crowds of women who go out to “girls-only” dinners. (Photo by Pino Masciari)

Wax Obama photo on Facebook helps catch alleged sicilian drug dealer Michele Grasso arrested in London




wanted Sicilian drug dealer was found hiding in the U.K. after he posted a picture of himself with President Obama's wax figure on Facebook this week. Michele Grasso, 27, disappeared from his hometown of Taormina in 2008 as cops sought to arrest him for peddling drugs, The Guardian reported. Four years later -- after cops had apparently been following Grasso's Facebook page -- he was tracked to London. About two weeks ago he took a picture of himself posed with President Obama's wax copy at Madame Tussauds. That photo was published with other shots of him on London's famous doubledecker buses, posing at landmarks and, most importantly to police, at a restaurant Convicted drug dealer Michele Grasso was caught by cops after posting this where he waited tables. That led London picture with (wax) President Obama. Grasso, who was found guilty of drug cops, working with Interpol and Italian offidealing by an Italian court in his absence, used Facebook to keep friends and cers, to his not-so-secret hideout in an family up to date about his life in London. (Photo by Huffington Post) operation called "Big Ben" and deported A friend responded: "Why don't you let me know where him, according to The Telegraph. He also posted messages on his page that seemed to you are? Is it in case you get caught?" Grasso was sentenced in 2011 to five years in prison for allude to his drug dealing, The Guardian reported. In 2010, he posted photos of himself building a snowman, dealing drugs, though he was already on the lam, by a writing, "Have you seen how beautiful it is here with the Sicilian court. Now that he's been caught, he was extradited to Italy and will face new charges. snow?"



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Carnevale in Venice Napoli fans arrested for 'criminal association' investigations revealed plans for violence at away matches BY ANSA Naples - Police last Thursday arrested 11 hard core 'ultra' fans of Napoli soccer club on charges of criminal association with intent to commit violent acts. Two years of investigations into the ultras group called Bronx uncovered plans for criminal acts at away games, specifically out of the country. The magistrate leading investigations, Giovanni Melillo, said at a press conference in Naples on Thursday that some Napoli soccer players kept contact with ultra fans because they could have "influence" during contract renewal negotiations.

Naples police make massive tax-evasion sweep: Over 80% of businesses delinquent BY ANSA Naples - A wide-scale police raid in Naples last Wednesday found four out of five businesses investigated were dodging taxes. The sweep zeroed in on 386 shops, pizzerias and other companies, 317 of which had not properly declared revenue, while others were cited for safety hazards and employing workers without papers. Of the 50 street vendors who were checked, only 10 had declared any sales at all, and two owners of luxury cars - a Porsche and an Audi - said they had no income. With cash needed to balance the budget by 2013 and emerge from the debt crisis, Premier Mario Monti has launched a drive against tax cheats, who he recently said "are giving poisoned bread to their children". The campaign has featured a number of headline-grabbing operations among rich tourists in Cortina d'Ampezzo and the Ligurian Riviera, shoppers at exclusive stores in Rome and nightclub owners in Milan. Italy's internal revenue agency has said that it will ramp up the pressure further by introducing a new system to find evaders by cross-checking incomes and spending by the end of June. The tax agency last year estimated that around 120 billion euros' worth of undeclared business was done on the Italian underground economy each year. Over the last two days in Naples, roughly 250 officers have spanned out through the city to crack down on counterfeit merchandise, unsafe products and contraband cigarettes.

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VENICE, Italy (Feb. 19, 2012) Thousands of visitors gather in Piazza San Marco during Carnevale as many dressed in costume awaited the judging of the mask as part of the final weekend of this year’s festivities. Venice is one of the most famous locations throughout the world for this celebration and is only a short trip from Sigonella. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Tim Page/Released)

English : At what time does the airplane arrive? Italian: A che ora arriva l’aereo? English : At what time does the train leave? Italian: A che ora parte il treno? English: One ticket for Venice, please? Italian : Un biglietto per Venice, per favore?

Learn these useful Italian phrases to make traveling more fun!

English : Please give me a round-trip ticket. Italian: Per favore mi dia un biglietto di andata e ritorno. Have fun practicing your Italian! Buona Fortuna!


VENICE, Italy (Feb. 19, 2012) An artist in costume poses during the Carnevale Festival in Piazza San Marco. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Tim Page/Released)

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Stop and smell the roses Go behind the scenes with floral designer Salvo Barresi

Naval Air Station (NAS)Sigonella Navy Exchange (NEX) Licensed Florist Salvo Barresi demonstrates how to arrange a bridal bouquet. (U.S. Navy photos by MC2 Matthew C. Haws/Released)

BY MC2 MATTHEW C. HAWS NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


he Navy Exchange (NEX) offers something for everyone and licensed florist, Salvo Barresi is breathing life into the community of Sigonella with the fragrances and beauty of assorted flowers and arrangements. "I remember my fist arrangement, I was just a child in the town of Reposto," said Barresi. “It was Mother’s Day and I was only six years old when my father started to teach me how to arrange flowers. I learned most everything just by watching him for so many years. I just try to take what he taught me and expand on it." Barresi comes from a family of Artisans and has been bringing his touch to Sigonella since he took over his father's flower shop at the NEX many years ago. "My father actually started working here for the Navy exchange

in 1983 and I have been here ever since," said Barresi. “It's been 27 years now that I have worked in Sigonella." The majority of flowers Berresi uses are imported from Holland's famous green houses and since the quality of the flowers is high, the demand is too. “We have a local production of flowers here,” said Barresi “However, there are so many more big selections from Holland. Flowers there range from first class all the way to third class and we pick and choose which ones are appropriate for each situation." To Berresi making floral masterpieces for the Sigonella community goes beyond carefully placing each flower. "It isn’t just a business, “said Berresi. “It is also a friendship. People experience what I do and I get to talk with them to see


what it is they need. A lot of times it's not the quantity but the quality that counts. Berresi offers on-the-spot floral design in support of Sigonella and the surrounding area including landscaping, church services, holiday events and other base functions. Each customer purchases something different and Berresi explains the best way to preserve every creation. "It of course depends on the kind of plant. You have to know how to keep it alive longer," said Berrisi. “Some plants need direct light and others just need florescent light. It's the small things you can do to make your plants and flowers last longer.” It is the small things that bring more joy to life’s occasions. As Berrisi reminds us, it is important to make time to stop and smell the roses.


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Make a bridal bouquet in six easy steps


Put foam microphone into trimmed foam base.


Place ferns or any green leave in the microphone base in a circular pattern.


Place Chinese roses in between ferns.


Place Freesia in between Chinese Roses and add baby's breath.

Create or buy simple white base for flowers.


Place base around flowers for finished product.


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The heart matters: Sigonellans get CPR certified “What better gift can you give somebody than being able to say I love you, but I can also save your life?,” said Raymond. “There’s nothing more tragic than when a situation arises and you know there are simple techniques to be able to help someone and you don’t know how to do it.” Full of enthusiastic participants, the course covered the most up-to-date techniques for performing CPR and using the AED. It included the CPR techniques not only for adults, but infants and children as well. “Having the simple instruction and the tools and the confidence in yourself to find the calm, spring in to action, and take charge of the situation can be the difference between life and death for an individual,” added Raymond. “It’s important!” The course was taught by volunteers, Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Harley and civilian, Anne Forrest. “You live, work and play next to everyone you know,” said Harley. “Every member of the community should be able to help someone in an emergency situation, especially in a small community like Sigonella.” Volunteer opportunities are always available. An orientation is held on the first Thursday of every month to get volunteers registered in order to post volunteer hours in the ARC database for tracking purposes.

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella’s American Red Cross (ARC) chapter held a special Valentine’s Day Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) /Automated External Defibrillator (AED) course. Participants learned CPR techniques for adults, infants and children. (U.S. Navy photo by MR2 Gary Spence/Released)

BY MR2 GARY SPENCE NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


n Tues., Feb. 14, the American Red Cross (ARC) Sigonella chapter held a special Valentine’s Day Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) /Automated External Defibrillator (AED) course.

Chairman of Volunteers at ARC Amanda Raymond thought that a day celebrating matters of the heart would be a great opportunity to bring to the forefront the importance of being able to keep someone’s heart pumping.

For information on volunteering or other course offerings Contact Chairman of Volunteers Amanda Raymond: or call the Red Cross office at 624-4900/4479.

Friday, 24 FEB 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. *Lunch: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Lasagna, tempura Fish, Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, Calico Cabbage, Herbed Broccoli, Strawberry Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Fruit Gelatin. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Egg Drop Soup, Chicken Cacciatore, Rice Pilaf, Southern Green Beans, Savory Squash, Strawberry Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Fruit Gelatin.

tuesday, 28 FEB 12 *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French toast, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Blueberry Muffins. *Lunch: Egg Drop Soup, Sweet & Sour Pork, Chicken Chop suey , Egg Foo Young, Chinese Fried Rice, Chow Mein Noodles, Oriental Fried Cabbage, Corn Kernel, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Pie. *Speed line: Corn Dog, Onion Rings. Dinner: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Beef Stew, Seasoned Boiled Pasta, Spanish Style Beans, Carrots Slices, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Pie.

Saturday, 25 FEB 12 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Crumb Cake. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Chicken Gumbo Soup, Roast Pork, Cottage Fried Potatoes, tossed Green Rice, Peas w/ Carrots, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Brown Gravy, Velvet Pound Cake, Vanilla Cream Pie. *Dinner: Zesty Bean Soup, Veal Steak W/Mushroom Gravy, Steamed Rice, Home Fried Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Savory Style Beans, Chicken Gravy, Velvet Pound Cake, Vanilla Cream Pie.

Wednesday, 29 FEB 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Pancakes, Biscuits, Asstd Doughnuts, Bear Claw. *Lunch: Beef Noodle Soup, Lasagna, Fish w/ Cherry tomato Sauce, Steamed Rice, Franconia Potatoes, Cream Style Corn, Mix Vegetable, Almond Cookies, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Pudding. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: French Onion Soup, Baked Chicken, Steamed Rice, Potatoes Au Gratin, Club Spinach, Steamed Peas & Carrots, Almond Cookies, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Pudding.

Sunday, 26 FEB 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Italian Croissant. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Knickerbockers Soup, Steamed Rice, Grilled Chicken Breast, Corn O’Brien, Green Beans, Marble Cake, Sugar Cookies. *Dinner: Nutty Split Pea Soup, Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Steamed Asparagus, Natural Pan Gravy, Marble Cake, Sugar Cookies.

Thursday, 1 MARCH 12 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Raisin Muffin. *Lunch: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Roast Pork loin, Baked Chicken, Steamed Rice, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Seasoned Mix Vegetables, Club Spinach, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cherry Cobbler. Speedline: Italian Sausage W/Onion & Pepper. *Dinner: tomato Bouillon Soup, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Rice Pilaf, Natural Pan Gravy, Green Beans, Corn Kernel, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cherry Cobbler.

Monday, 27 FEB 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. *Lunch: Chicken Gumbo Soup, Beef Yakisoba, Veal Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Oven Browned Potatoes, Green Peas, Seasoned Summer Squash, Spice Cake w/ Frosting, Vanilla Cookies, Fruit Gelatin.. *Speed line: Pizza Ass. *Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Savory Baked Chicken, Pork Fried Rice, Lima Beans, Broccoli Parmesan, Spice Sake w/ Frosting, Vanilla Cookies, Fruit Gelatin.

Friday, 2 MARCH 12 *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.


FEBRUARY 24, 2012


FREE Wine & Culinary Experience Feb. 26, Noon - 3 p.m. | Midtown Atrium taste the extraordinary gourmet products of I Sapurusi


WR’s next Wine & Culinary Experience features "I Sapurusi" Gourmet Delicatessen. The high-end salumeria nestled in the heart of Catania is owned and operated by Piera and Luciano, a Sicilian couple with a passion for fine food. I Sapurusi offers a gourmet selection of meats, including venison and goose prosciutto and salame, wild boar speck, and a mortadella with an intense flavor and aroma unlike any other. Savor their extensive collection of wine infused cheeses, like Tuma Persa, Ubriaco Di Zibibbo and Nero D’Avola. Among their unique products are cheeses from Sardinia and Tuscany flavored with olive, pistachio, sundried tomato, walnut, fig and more. Sweets at I Sapurusi range from the traditional Sicilian ricotta pastries, Cassatelle di Agira, or the wood oven baked nonna cookies made with vermouth and organic marmalades. If you enjoy fine food and wine, but not the commute, MWR brings it to you! Join us in the Midtown Atrium on Feb. 26 from noon until 3pm to discover the extraordinary tastes of I Sapurusi’s gourmet assortment of products. Wines from Feudi del Pisciotto, Rocca di Frassinecco and Castellare di Castellina will be provided to satisfy every taste. Many products will be available for purchase, but the event is free. No reservation is necessary. See you there!

MIdtOwNS MOvIe theaterS &D CHEDULE

- Venison - Goose prosciutto and salame - Wild boar speck - Mortadella - an intense flavor and aroma unlike any other! I Sapurusi’s classic Sicilian wine infused chesses : - Tuma Persa - Ubriaco Di Zibibbo - Nero D’Avola Flavored chesses from Sardinia and tuscany: - Olive - Pistachio - Sundried tomato - Walnut - Fig - And more! traditional Sicilian ricotta pastries: - Cassatelle di Agira - Wood oven nonna cookies with vermouth and organic marmalades

to make this experience complete, a great selection of wines from Feudi del Pisciotto, Rocca di Frassinecco and Castellare di Castellina will be available for tasting.

No reservation is necessary!


ACt OF VALOR………….…………R StARRING:Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez and Nestor Serrano

When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heartstopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. (1 hr. 41 min.) tuesday, February 28 5:00 PM Hugo 5:30 PM Chipmunks 3 7:30 PM Sherlock Holmes 2 8:00 PM Safe House R Wednesday, February 29 5:00 PM Adventures of Tintin 5:30 PM MI: Ghost Protocol 7:30 PM Devil Inside R 8:00 PM Darkest Hour

PG G PG-13

PG PG-13


Saturday, March 3 2:00 PM We Bought A Zoo PG 2:30 PM Journey 2 PG 4:30 PM Safe House R 5:00 PM Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo R 7:30 PM Contraband R Sunday, March 4 2:00 PM Journey 2 2:30 PM Adventures of Tintin 4:30 PM War Horse 5:00 PM ContrabandR 7:30 PM Haywire

Chris Farraday long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy, botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs, Chris is forced back into doing what he does best -- running contraband -- to settle Andy's debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian, to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills.


thursday, March 1 5:00 PM War Horse PG-13 5:30 PM Journey 2 PG 7:30 PM Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo R 8:00 PM Darkest Hour R Friday, March 2 5:00 PM MI: Ghost Protocol 5:30 PM Joyful Noise PG-13 7:30 PM Act of Valor R 8:00 PM Devil InsideR

CONtRABAND……………………...R StARRING: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale


Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, cops and hit men before his wife, Kate, and sons become their target.(1 hr. 50 min.)

HAYWIRE……………………….…R StARRING: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender

Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious - and dangerous trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she'll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary. (1 hr. 33 min.)

COMING SOON - Underworld Awakening

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

Don’t forget: Buy four large popcorns and get the 5th one free!


FEBRUARY 24, 2012


GAME Find the words

Advertise Allowance Babysitter Bank Business Cash Confidence Creativity Customer Earn Lemonade Money Petsitting Reputation Responsibility Savings Selling Service Skills Yardwork Fun Facts 1 kilogram of roasted coffee requires 4,000 - 5,000 coffee beans. Espresso has 1/3 of the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee.



FEBRUARY 24, 2012







1998 Mazda MPV 7 Automatic, 6 cyl., seats seven. Asking $2,500. Contact Louis Diaz at 3457695376 or

White kitchen cabinets: $60. Kitchen stove, 1.5 yrs. Old: Best offer. . Contact Louis Diaz at 3457695376 or

Yellow 1995 Opel Tigra for sale. New brakes, new battery. Recently tuned-up, never wrecked. Perfect island beater. Asking $2,200 / OBO. Available now. Contact Nick at 348729-8410 or 624-9442

DCD775KL 1/2-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Compact Lithium-Ion Hammer-Drill Kit Case, 2 batteries, 2-yr warranty $140. Please contact

2005 Jeep Wrangler - 4.0 6 cyl, 6 speed manual, 58K miles, COLD AC, ABS, Air bags, UPGRADED SOUND SYSTEM and KC Highlights. In GREAT condition, low miles, very well maintained. Spring and Summer are close, drop the top and enjoy the sun!! Asking price below loan value! First $15,500 rides away!!! You will not find a better deal!! Call David 335261496 or 624-1382 or email at 2000 BMW 320D. Runs Great. 136K KM. New Starter, Brakes, Ignition, Engine/Fuel Filters. 4,500 Euro. Call Travis Miller at 335-786-4253.

FEBRUARY 24, 2012


Very lightly used Sony PSPgo $127 Games already installed: Little Big Planet, Activision Hits remix, Rock Band, Capcom Classics collection Remix. New unused in box, Sharp Aquos 32" HDMI TV (NTSC), paid $399 sell $299! call 095-789-3490 after 6 p.m.

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The U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella is conducting market research for the following healthcare providers: Emergency Room Physician, Referral Manager, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Medical Assistant. Resume or CV may be forwarded to Ms. Randazzo: or contact 095-563792 (DSN 6243792).

Sigonella Elementary School is celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday with a Read Across America event. On March 1, stop by the main office of the elementary school anytime from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. to be assigned to a classroom to read. Bring your own book (Dr. Seuss or any other children's book) or pick one up from the office. Email Catherine Indresano at for more information.

Inline Hockey players to play pick up games and/or to play games against local teams and to participate in local tournaments. Anyone interested in playing inline hockey please call Amedeo at 624-5073 or 3356067929 or email at

Divers - New Scuba Pro Geo BCD, size XL. Great light weight BCD, cost $375, sell $275. Contact Gary 335-706-5400

Volunteers needed for Base 2 Base event on Saturday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Must be available to attend meeting on Monday, March 5. Call Monica Long at x2712 or x5243 to sign up.

S AW S A M I M A L S Eleanor, 3mo dog, gets along with children, people, and cats. Shots current. Micro chipped. Binks, 6mo cat. Shots current. Micro chipped and neutered. Gracie, 3 mo dog, runt of the litter and short-haired. Shy around people but gets along great with other dogs including small breeds. Gotten most of her shots. Micro chipped. Max, adult male cat. Very mellow. Shots current. Micro chipped. Should be neutered soon. Husky, 3 mo female puppy. A real lap dog. Gets along well with people, children, and other dogs. To volunteer, adopt or foster, visit

Panasonic 50" Plasma, Model TH50PX60U, $500. Call Travis Miller at 335-786-4253.


FEBRUARY 24, 2012



Preparing students for success in the work place BY WWW.ADVANCE-ED.ORG

D Survey regarding job satisfaction, health and safety, and overall quality of life The Naval Inspector General requests your assistance in completing the following survey regarding job satisfaction, health and safety, and overall quality of life. Completion of this survey is voluntary and your responses are anonymous and kept strictly confidential. Only group data will be reported. If you choose to participate your input will be represented in the overall results. The input will be used by the Naval Inspector General to evaluate command climate, quality of work life, and further guide the inspection. These surveys is intended for Active Duty Navy Personnel, Full Time Support Navy Reserve Personnel, and Department of Navy Civilians; Selected Reserve (SELRES); and Active Duty Military Spouses. The surveys take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete and available online from 20 Feburary 2012 - 12 March 2012 at the following link:

oes K-12 education impact students’ preparedness for the work force? Do businesses find that students are prepared to be productive when they first enter the work place? Focused on the theme of Student Preparedness, AdvancED interviewed several business professionals seeking the answers to these and other questions. Following is a compilation of perspectives about how well today’s students are prepared for work. Key Skills and Qualifications Interviewees agreed that beyond the knowledge students gain in school, there are key skills and qualifications they must attain to be successful – verbal and written communication skills, the capacity to solve problems/critical thinking skills, the ability to cooperate with others and work in teams. According to Bill Fisher, CEO, Paragould Light Water & Cable, “it does not matter how much knowledge an individual has if they are not able to work with others and have a positive attitude.” Phil Jacobs, executive for BellSouth and AT&T, shared that those entering the workforce need to have some competitiveness. “In business, there will ultimately be some level of competition, and we look for people who know how to handle that.” Communication Skills During the Student Town Hall at the recent AdvancED International Summit, students shared their preference to text or communicate online versus talking on the phone. The audience asked the students questions about their dependence on technology versus interpersonal communication and whether they will lack the communication skills to be successful in business. One audience member wanted to know whether they will be prepared to engage in dialogue, discussions or even debate in a professional environment and whether they are prepared to interact with all types of individuals from around the world in a professional and respectful manner — without the use of technology. Verbal communication has been at the heart of business for centuries and continues to appear on job descriptions as a required skill. Are young people so dependent on technology to communicate that they will be unable to meet the needs of businesses in the future? “We have employees,” said Fisher, “who have the knowledge to do their job but will not be able to advance to more responsible positions because of the lack of communication skills.” Monica Martinez, President of New Tech Network, shared her belief that “this is why we need to provide technology literacy learning in schools, so students won’t lack interpersonal communication skills.” Professionalism in the Workplace In a 2010 study, the Center for Professional Excellence found that 38 percent of corporate leaders felt that less than half of all new graduates exhibited professionalism in the workplace. Internet etiquette, the ability to accept personal responsibility, and the ability to accept constructive criticism all were found to be absent among new graduates.




February 24 issue of The Signature  

In this week’s issue of the Signature, the Sigonella Animal Welfare Society helps stray animals find homes around the island, Sigonellans ge...