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Vol. 27 No. 34

September 24, 2010

Sigonella pins new Chiefs Article and photos by MC2 Gary Prill NPASE East Sixteen chief selectees received their gold-fouled anchors during the fiscal year 2011 pinning ceremony held on Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Sept. 16. The chiefs’ pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition to welcome new chief petty officers to the chief’s mess. The ceremony, which many former and current chiefs have claimed to be the best day of their Navy lives, followed a five-week indoctrination process where the new chiefs learned what it means to be a chief, their new responsibilities to the Navy and their Sailors, and also the history and traditions of the chief’s mess. The ceremony began with the chief selects marching out in front of a crowd of family, friends, shipmates and mentors. Each selectee added to the chorus of the “Sailors Creed” as they filled the auditorium. Once the selectees took their

places, the NAS Sigonella color guard performed a parading of the colors. Thea Burke and retired Chief Aviation Storekeeper Freddie Cole sang both the Italian and United States National Anthems. The ceremony continued with an invocation from Chaplain Stepen Labue and a speech from guest speaker, NAS Sigonella’s Command Master Chief (AW/SW/EXW) Leland Moore. “‘Chief petty officers,’ these words just don’t describe a rank, rating, or pay grade, they describe a very special entity, attitude, and a way of getting things done,” said Moore. “These new chiefs have gained the esteem of their fellow chiefs, and that respect is central to the difficult induction process they have just completed and the future they face as chief petty officers.” Following Command Master Chief Moore’s speech, Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AW/SW) Chris Solis recited the meaning of the “Chiefs Anchors.” Upon completion, each chief was

TODAY, Sept. 24 Event Open: 3 p.m. - Midnight On the Main Stage: 5 p.m.: Market Toss 6 p.m.: Cannoli Hunt 7 p.m.: Olive Roll 7:30 p.m.: Dallas Cagle 8:30 p.m.: Grape Toss 9 p.m.: “Just Fun” Throughout the afternoon: Taste of Sicily: Wine & Food Vendors Bowling Specials Carnival Rides Kids’ Fun Zone & Crafts Inflatables The Navy’s newest chief petty officers march out in front of the crowd of family, friends, shipmates, and mentors after receiving their new anchors and combination covers during a pinning ceremony held in the gymnasium aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. 17 new chiefs joined the NAS Sigonella Chief Petty Officers mess, including one who is currently serving on a individual augmentee mission.

asked to step forward and have their anchors pinned on by families, friends, sponsors and mentors. After each of the 16 chiefs had received






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NASSIG, PWD hold ceremonious ribbon cutting Information provided by Public  Works Department

The ‘Base Operations Support and Public Works and Base Administration’ building officially opened its doors on Sept. 16 with a ceremonious ribbon cutting. This marked the end of the nearly 15-year recapitalization plan for NAS Sigonella, with around $237 million in facilities investments. In 1996, construction started on the BEQs on NAS I and NAS II. It also brought the Auto Hobby Shop, NEX and Commissary. In 2003, all of the core Photo by MCSA Cameron Bramham, The Signature Staff

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Weather update

Sept. 24 H: 81 L: 65

Goodbye is a word that we know all too well in the military. When living overseas, we are far from family members and our old friends. In our tour here, we develop a new extended family within our Sigonella community, on whom we rely for support and comfort.



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Sept. 25 H: 82 L: 67

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Sept. 27 H: 87 L: 65

As of Oct. 1, the personnel support detachment on Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella and other U.S. Navy installations will no longer provide assistance to service members and their families with the paperwork needed to apply for a tourist passport as well as receiving a passport .

If you like pistachio let me direct you to the Sagra del Pistacchio (Pistachio festival), an amazing annual festival held in the heart of Bronte from Sept. 30 through October 3



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Sept. 28 H: 84 L: 63

buildings on NAS I, including Midtown, the Chapel, FFSC, Library, Post Office, Officer’s Quarters, and more were constructed, at a value of $64 million. In 2004, construction began on the EDIS building on NAS I, and on NAS II, the PW/NASSIG complex began to take shape. The new building consists of over 13,900 Gross Square Feet (GSF) of shop space, 7,800 GSF of storage, and 4,000 GSF of office space, and will allow the demolition of around 18 buildings. NASSIG Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Butler, called the new building ‘the jewel of NAS I and NAS II.’ Sept. 29 H: 81 L: 63

Acireale is a large city located on the coast between Catania and Taormina. It boasts beautiful baroque architecture highlighted by the Cattedrale Maria Annunziata.

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Oct. 1 H: 83 L: 66

Have the urge to learn something new, like photography or jewelry making? Then sign up for one of MWR’s leisure classes!

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Saturday, Sept. 25 Event Open: 3 p.m. - Midnight On the Main Stage: 5 p.m.: Oodles of Noodles 5:30 p.m.: Pour Carefully 6 p.m.: Barrel Relay 6:30 p.m.: Olive Seed Spitting 7 p.m.: “Rock N Roll Combo” Italian band 9 p.m.: Orange Pass Relay 9:30 p.m.: Armed Forces Entertainment Jazz Band Throughout the afternoon: Free Swim Taste of Sicily: Wine & Food Vendors Bowling Specials Carnival Rides Kids’ Fun Zone & Crafts Inflatables

AOSC Chili Cookoff 5p.m. 6 p.m. Saturday

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Direct Line Sigonella -- I need the leaders among you to step up to the plate. I need those of you with common sense to find your voice when others remain quiet and to stand up for what you know to be right. I need you to look after your Shipmates. I need your help in putting a stop to the recent spike in alcohol-related incidents. I need the leaders among us to lead constantly. If you didn’t know, there has been a drinking incident every week for the past month. This must stop! Leaders come in all varieties. Some are loud-spoken, and drive their point home with strong rhetoric and gestures. Others are soft-spoken and lead by influence, changing opinions and actions through example or gentle nudging. A leader can exist at any level in an organization – not restrained by rank or by title. The only requirement is that they advance

NASSIG Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Butler

the mission, keep their Shipmates safe, and ultimately act as a positive influence on the organization and its people. I know that Sigonella is full of leaders of every rank and rate and in every one of the organizations that make up this great community. I granted the military community 96-hour liberty over both the July 4th and Labor Day weekends without incident – despite the fact that these kinds of long weekends represented the most likely time for drinking incidents to occur. I have thought long and hard about why we didn’t have any incidents and I’m convinced that the answer is that the leaders among us recognized an opportunity. In a time when the consequences of their actions or inactions would influence their future, they did what every good leader does – they made a difference. They watched out for their friends and they took

Saying goodbye Article by HM3 Stephen Windle U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, Psychiatric Technician Goodbye is a word that we know all too well in the military. When living overseas, we are far from family members and our old friends. In our tour here, we develop a new extended family within our Sigonella community, on whom we rely for support and comfort. Yet our close friends leave Sigonella for both other duty stations as well as l o n g deployments on a regular basis. It is not uncommon to feel depressed or empty upon the departure of those vital members of our social support group. In fact, it is important to remember that feelings of sadness are a perfectly normal part of any goodbye. In our modern military community, there are many ways to deal with saying goodbye to our close friends. With the rising popularity of social media, bidding fair winds and following seas is no longer a permanent farewell. While we may

not physically be able to spend time with those dear friends, websites like Facebook and Myspace can keep us in contact with both shipmates and family members on the other side of the globe. With the departure of old friends we can also look forward to the new friends we will make as families arrive on our island. These interpersonal relationships are what keep us functional in the fast pace and often stressful environment of the military family. Yet for some it can be hard to adjust to the void created by saying goodbye to a close friend. It is beneficial to remember that your Sigonella community knows what you are going through. Chaplains, counselors, and mental health providers are here for anyone who needs help in coping with the departure of our Sigonella family members. Local Resources: Mental Health Clinic: 6244840 Fleet and Family Support Center: 624-4291 Chaplain’s Office: 624-2381

Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Butler

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the precautions necessary to ensure no incidents occurred -- thereby increasing the likelihood that I would approve more long weekends. Leaders – please do not let the irresponsible actions of the few, no matter what their rank or rate, impact everyone just because you did not want to stand up for what you knew was right. Lead constantly and unconditionally – not just when a future 96-hour liberty is directly on the line. If we start with the leaders among us, we can foster a culture of change: attitudes and habits will adapt, and we will stop the drinking incidents from occurring before they ruin a life or a career. This is my call to all leaders. Step up, do what is right, and help me make NAS Sigonella a safer place for all of us.

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

PROTESTANT Sunday 1000 Traditional Protestant (NAS I) 1130 Contemporary Protestant (NAS I)

JEWISH LAY SERVICES 1800 1st Friday (NAS I Chapel)

CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE Sunday 1530 NAS I Chapel Rooms 3 & 4 Call 624-5128 or 335-841-8069

OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES POINTS OF CONTACT Latter-day Saints: Sunday 1300 Catania Chapel: GPS: N37.538035, E015.115348 James Shefchik -; 624-1393 AA Meetings: Mondays – 1730, NAS II Chapel, 624-3267 or 095-763-3080

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

aspect of leadership. He writes, “You can hoard what little you have and receive no more. Or you can give what you have, and you will be rewarded with abundance. Your attitude makes the difference. So if you partner with another person and give generously, one way or another you’re going to get back more than you gave.”

What we can learn from geese I remember while I was working on my undergraduate degree in theology; occasionally, one of the professors would openly discuss the difficultly of working with ministry teams. Many of these professors had years of pastoral-leadership experience, so we all listened intently. I was able to glean from these shared experiences the principle of partnership (or team-building). Team building is essential to a healthy church (or any organization for that matter). However, this isn’t always easy to achieve. I learned this quickly after joining a mission team headed for Tomsk, Siberia, Russia in 1997. We had a great team; however, working together had some significant challenges (sometimes the challenges seemed insurmountable from a mere human perspective). Why is teamwork so difficult? Why is teambuilding so important? These are questions we need to be able to answer as leaders. In John C. Maxwell’s book entitled Winning with People he devotes a whole chapter to this essential

A good leader will do things well. A great leader will build a team and do things exceptionally well. I remember a sermon from Chuck Swindoll several years that is instructive to this topic. He was talking about working as a team. His illustration was poignant. He spoke, at length, about geese (from a teamwork perspective). Geese can actually teach us all a lot about leadership, from a “team” perspective. Truly, as one studies geese they’re very impressive creatures. Winging their way to a warmer location, they often cover thousands of miles before reaching their destination. Have you ever really thought about why they fly as they do? It really is fascinating to understand what has been discovered about their flight pattern as well as their in-flight instincts. Firstly, those in front rotate their leadership. When one lead goose gets tired, it changes places with one in the wing of the V-formation and another flies point (sort of like aviators in P-3s during their long missions). Secondly, by flying as they do, the members of the flock create an upward air current for one another. Each flap of the wings literally generates lift for the bird immediately following. One author states GEESE, continued on page 12

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PSD changes passport policies Article by MC2 Gary Prill NPASE East As of Oct. 1, the Personnel Support Detachment on Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella and other U.S. Navy installations will no longer provide assistance to service members and their families with the paperwork needed to apply for a tourist passport. In accordance with a memorandum from the director of Navy Pay and Support Center (NPPSC), the original day of termination was scheduled for March 1 of this year. Fortunately, due to a request submitted by the NAS Sigonella’s chain of command, the date was extended to its current date, in order to allow Sailors who would be affected by the change to either put in for their passports or make alternative plans.

N e w s Briefs Come out and celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 235th Birthday with food, fun, dancing, and prizes! When: Oct. 16 from 1730-0000 Where: Villa Ingrid, Santa Vererina (CT) Dress Code: Military (including Dual) - Dinner Dress Blues (Mini Medals). Civilians - Black Tie Transportation: Plenty of parking is available for those wishing to drive. Buses will be running, starting at NAS II and stop at Marinai and NAS I. The first bus will depart NAS II at 1600, followed by the 2nd at 1630 and the last at 1645. Return transportation will be available from Villa Ingrid at 2315, 2330, and 0000. Daycare: For a fee, provided by NAS I CDC. Reservations should be made no later than Oct. 8. Hotel Rooms: 20 rooms have been blocked off at a special rate. Hotel is off site, but transportation will be provided from Villa Ingrid. RSVP for your tickets: For more information, contact your command/department rep, or Lt. Bryce Klaput, at 624-2532.

New Hope

As per OPNAVIST 4650.15A, PSD organizations will still provide passport and visa services for all eligible Department of Defense official travelers and their dependants. “Tourist passport processing was never our function,” explained Jed Swearington, transportation officer for Navy Passenger Transportation Office(NAVPTO) Naples, Italy . “When Passenger Support Activities were in existence, they were having the NAVPTOs do them as a convenience and courtesy, however, due to budget constraints and manpower issues, we can no longer support the function.” For personnel assigned to stateside bases and some overseas locations, this change will go through with minimal impact. These Sailors will have the options to pursue their passports through the local post office or the U.S. Embassy for their

It’s week two of our annual Pigskin Picks, and the ‘pickers’ are neck and neck. Who will pull ahead of the pack, and who will fall behind? This issue’s Game of the Week focuses on Arkansas vs. Alabama. Will the Tide have new Pigskins to throw around after this game? Jeremy Glasser: Arkansas vs. Alabama: When the starter is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, and the back-up is just as good or better, the pick is easy! There Saints vs. Falcons is a reason that the Dolphins vs. Jets ‘Bama Tide Giants vs. Titans are ranked Arkansas vs. Alabama # 1 . . . Boise St. vs. Oregon St. Alabama in a blowout!!! LSU vs. WVU P O 1 Ezekial

region. For Sailors attached to NAS Sigonella, the options are considerably and include a road trip to the closest Consular Agency office located in Palermo. NAS chain of command is working with PSD in regards to this issue, and will provide more information about a solution as information becomes available. In the mean time if you do not currently have a tourist passport, you have until the end of the month to get all paperwork routed through PSD. If you are unable to handle the paperwork before then you can contact the U.S. Consular Agency in Palermo at 091-305-857 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Clifton: Arkansas vs. Alabama: This game is not an easy pick despite what my counterpart (Glasser) says. It is set to be a high scoring affair, but it will be a lot closer than most people think. In the end, the tide will roll. My prediction is 35-28 Alabama. You can not count anyone out. After all, it is the SEC!!! Capt. Joe Beadles: I’m picking Bama purely because the last thing I want to see at

Capt. Joe Beadles, Jeremy NASSIG MWR Saints

Photo by MC3 Shawn Stewart

Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Josh Hazelett welds a bracketing iron to the deck while Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Ryan Martison holds a bar steady on the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting drills in preparation for its upcoming deployment. this stage in my life is a grown man cry, and that is EXACTLY what Master Chief Rusty Perry will do if they lose. I can take his smack, but not his gator tears. LSSA Ashley Diem: Alabama because they have the best coach in college football. I mean Nick Saban was in Forbes Magazine as “The Most Powerful Coach in Sports.” Without a good leader, there wouldn’t be a good team.

AC3 Michael Vazana: I will go against all known reasons, sports betters, and knowledgeable human beings and pick Arkansas to win. The reason for my ludicrousness is my undeniable dislike of Alabama head coach and Miami Dolphins reject Nick Saban. I absolutely can’t stand him and would very much like to watch his team get crushed. Pure passion pick here as Arkansas has a great team, but is not in the same class as Bama.

Michael Glasser, LSSA Ashley Diem, AC3 FISC Vazana, NASSIG



PO1 Ezekial Clifton, E m e r g e n c y Management








Giants Alabama

Giants Alabama

Giants Alabama

Titans Arkansas


Boise State

Boise State

Oregon St.

Boise State

Boise State





Overall Record: 3-5 NFL: 2-3 NCAA: 1-2

Overall Record: 3-5 NFL: 2-3 NCAA: 1-2

Overall Record: 3-5 NFL: 2-3 NCAA: 1-2


Overall Record: 3-5 NFL: 1-3 NCAA: 2-2



LSU Overall Record: 2-5 NFL: 1-3 NCAA: 1-2

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Ombudsmen Appreciation Luncheon 1100-1300 x4291

Autumn Fest

NMCRS Nearly New Shop Open 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Autumn Fest 3 p.m. midnight

3 p.m. - midnight

IA Social Luncheon 1130-1300 x4291

Financial Responsibility in the Military 1000-1130 x4291 Tobacco Cessation Class 0900 Flight Line Clinic

Cooking Class 0930-1530 x4291

Tobacco Cessation Class 0900 Flight Line Clinic x4710


Pet Grooming

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

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

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

Orange Park

At the FFSC this October Enrich, Empower, Educate! We’ve got something for everyone this fall at the FFSC. Interview Techniques – Thursday, October 28 – 10001130 A key component to any job search is the ability to sell one’s self to a potential employer. The interview is also the aspect of job searching that creates the most anxiety for job searchers. Participants will learn how to prepare for an interview, focus on creating a good impression, formulate responses for a successful interview and explore the importance of following up after the interview. Home Buying Strategies – Tuesday, October 12 – 1000-1230 This module is designed to provide attendees basic information regarding understanding the home buying process to include associated cost, unfamiliar terms


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and things to consider prior to the purchase. The Home Buying Strategies (IG) contains the printed PowerPoint presentation notes and all necessary handouts. Sponsor Training – Tuesday, October 12 – 0900-1030 This class is to assist you in your role as a sponsor. At the training, you will learn all that you need to know from start to finish . Successful Parenting – Tuesday, October 12 – 1300-1500 This class will focus on building a better relationship with your child topics include: giving encouragement, showing respect, having fun, and keeping it simple. Finally we will discuss routines and the importance of family meetings. Pre-Deployment – Tuesday, October 19 – 0900-1100 This class will cover all of the important aspects of preparing for an IA/Deployment. We will have representative from legal and the flight line clinic. Additional topics include finances, communication, stress, and local community resources. Spouses are welcomed to attend this class. Post Deployment – Tuesday, October 19 – 1300-1500 This class will focus on what to do before and after your spouse returns from an IA/Deployment. Topics of discussion will include expectations, preparations, changes, communication, reintegration, and Operational Stress. Spouses are welcome. Ricotta Cheese Workshop – Thursday, October 14 – 0900-1400 This full immersion, hands-on cultural experience takes us off base giving participants the opportunity to follow the process of making the famous Sicilian Ricotta . Surviving the Holidays

Financially– Tuesday, October 19- 1000-1200 Many of us greet the holiday season with a mixture of delight and apprehension. We look forward to celebrating with family and friends, but worry that we will spend too much money. Families need to be careful because the holiday season often creates the spirit of giving far beyond what one they can realistically afford. According to a recent survey, 1 out of 3 families had not finished paying off last year’s holiday bills. If you struggle with holiday debt, this class will give you some advice on how to survive on a tight budget. Arrivederci Class – Friday October 1 & 15 – 0800-1130 The class is mandatory for all personnel before they PCS. Attendees should be 3 months or more from their PCS to attend the class. 10 Steps to a Federal Job – Friday October 1 & 22 – 08001200 Participants will learn how to find vacancies and job listings within the federal government, complete the application process, and how to understand standard qualifications and requirements. Navigating the Social Networking World – Thursday October 14, 0900-1100 This class will give you the in's and out's of how to navigate the social networking sites and how we can Increase our level of communication and sharing with friends and family from around FFSC, continued on page 12

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September 24, 2010 Alberto Lunetta The Signature Staff

Pistachio Festival returns to Bronte If you like pistachio let me direct you to the Sagra del Pistacchio (Pistachio festival), an amazing annual festival held in the heart of Bronte from Sept. 30 through October 3. Bronte, a town located on the Western slopes of Mt. Etna has always been a Mecca for pistachio lovers, has been awarded the title of “Italian capital of pistachio.” In fact, Bronte boasts a production of nearly 30,000 quintals of pistachios (one per cent of the total world production) that are harvested every two years between August and September. Bronte is therefore considered the spearhead of pistachio’s production in Europe. That is why, in Sicily, this precious seed fruit is also nicknamed “green gold.” Romans first introduced the cultivation of pistachio in Sicily, importing it from the Middle East. However, it was the Arabs who actively grew, processed, and exported pistachio during the high middle age. This is also proved by the way Sicilians call pistachio. The Sicilian words for pistachio Frastuca (the seed) and Frastucara (the plant) respectively derive from the Arabic words Fristach and Festuch. In the Catania province, pistachio has been cultivated in the high mountain fertile volcanic soils of Etna since the second half of the 19th century thanks to its resistance to extreme weather conditions. Over the centuries, local growers have been living in “symbiosis” with the volcano, fearing it but at the same time enjoying the fertility that it “donates” to the crops at the end of the eruptive

activity. “We must thank our farmers who have been stubbornly growing pistachio the old-fashioning way and making it a truly organic product, challenging the harsh volcanic soil of Mount Etna and turning it into a green land. They’ve been the custodians of our environmenet, “ Bronte Mayor Pino Firrarello said. Festival goers browsing

through the stalls can sample a variety of pistachio based dishes such as desserts, cakes, ice cream, honey, Nutella (hazelnut spread with a chocolaty taste), “Pistacchiella” (pistachio spread) patisserie and savory dishes such as tagghiarini (tagliatelle) penne and maccarruni (maccheroni) home made pasta with pesto sauce (made as the usual pesto but replacing the basil with pistachio), ravioli,

salsiccia (pork sausage) and arancini (breaded rice balls filled with ragù and cheese). Festivalgoers can also enjoy pistachio vino, a dessert wine and cocktail al pistacchio (pistachio liquor). The festival also features booths arts and crafts (lava stone, wood) and other local produce such as cheeses, salami and more as well as sweets including fillette (circular shaped confections made with flour,

sugar, and eggs that is cooked in a frying pan) and nucatuli that are made with flour, sugar, lard, eggs vanilla, peeled ground pistachio, cinnamon and rose water. The sagra kicks off at 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 in the main square. On Oct. 1, 2 and 3, festivals grounds are open at 10 a.m. to late night featuring food, activities, arts and crafts, folklore parades and music.


Bronte Mayor Pino Firrarello and Catania Regional Province Giuseppe Castiglione preside over last year’s giant pistachio cake cutting ceremony. The Bronte Pistachio Festival is one of the most popular fall food festivals in the Catania province which features a plethora of pistachio-based specialties.


Italy tests anti-hangover drinks (Story by ANSA) Milan - A Milan University lab is testing so-called anti-hangover drinks to see if they really counteract the effect of having too much to drink. "They are no scientific studies capable of gauging the inhibitory action of these products," said a team from ESAE, a spin-off unit of Milan University. "We aim to see if the supplements in these so-called 'energy drinks' effectively lower the level of alcohol in the blood". ESAE said it was launching a scheme to pool its data with other European alcohol research agencies. The study will also look at the positive effects of wine as a natural anti-oxidant slowing the ageing

process, said Mara Rossoni of Milan University's Vegetable Production department. Research leader Antonio Cesare Sparacino said he hoped the study would have "a great impact" on public policy regarding youth bingedrinking, which is becoming an increasing problem in Italy, and might encourage youngsters to return to the healthier drinking habits of their parents and grandparents.

Recession opens doors for Italy's dogs Number of shopkeepers allowing in mutts up 76% since 2005

(Story by ANSA) Rome - The economic recession might have shut down opportunities for many people but it has at least opened doors for Italy's dogs and

their owners to the nation's shops. Hard times seem to have forced Italian shopkeepers to be less picky and take down their No Dogs Allowed signs, according to a survey which said the number of retail outlets admitting man's best friend has increased 76% since 2005. The AIDAA animal rights association said that just 694 of 3,500 shops it surveyed barred dogs, compared to 2,600 five years ago. What's more, it said almost all of the stores barring the pets were places where food was sold. It also found that 206 of 500 supermarkets and shopping centers it polled allowed pooches into some areas, while almost all banned them totally in 2005. AIDAA said dogs have the hardest time getting into shops in Rome, Venice and Florence.


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Sophia Loren, 75, returns to Miss Italy pageant 60 years after competing herself to show contestants how it's done

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she ate a plateful of pasta a day, ner I am going to find something Story by Dailymail Screen goddess Sophia Loren adding 'everything you see, I owe to beautiful.” I always think positively. showed beauty It is very rare pageant conthat you find testants exactly me in a mood how it's done that is sad or as she arrived melancholic.' at the Miss But she Italy contest did admit that this month. her plateful of T h e pasta has draactress, who matically l o o k e d decreased in absolutely size since her incredible for early success, her 75 years, adding: 'I have wore a tight sillittle portions ver dress which of pasta nowaenhanced her days. I don’t toned figure as eat a lot of fat she sat on the or sweet judging panel things, which I for the pageant love. I am quite i n - not very S a l s o m a g g i o r eCrowning the winner: Loren crowns Francesca Testasecca Miss Italia careful about 2010 Terme. not gaining With her hair teased into an ele- spaghetti’, said recently her slim fig- weight.' gant style, Loren, who competed in ure is down to a combination of exerAnd Sophia, who famously the pageant herself in 1950, chatted cise and positive thinking. posed nude for the Pirelli calendar in She said: 'I always wake up 2006, said she is proud to be a role to hopefuls before the competition started, giving them pointers on what early and jump out of bed - some- model for sexy women in their 70s. times not wanting to, because one can they should hope to achieve. She said: 'I've never hidden my Loren then congratulated always find an alibi not to exercise - age from the world because I don't Francesca Testasecca after she was and then I take a walk for an hour. care. We can't hide time. I'm not 'And as I walk round the park I frightened of it. I'm finding my seccrowned Miss Italia 2010. Sophia, who famously claimed always think, “Maybe round the cor- ond youth.'

Flank of Etna Volcano gradually sliding towards the sea, study says (Story by GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS/La Sicilia) Catania – Sicilian media recently reported on a new study suggesting that an entire sector of Etna located under the upper NE flank which lies at around 2.5 miles below the surface is gradually and slowly sliding toward the sea. Researchers have known since the 1990s that volcanoes could collapse and slip into the sea not only as a result of a sudden flank detachment

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but also through a gradual, slow and constant landslide that moves seaward. A joint team of researchers from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), University of Roma Tre and Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of Environment of the Italian National Research Council (IREACNR), maintains that Etna volcano is affected by a slow motion which increases during some periods producing earthquakes and causing soil deformation on NE flank (the area located between Piano Provenzana and the town of Fondachello) in the areas between the unstable flank and the rest of the volcano structure. Experts reiterated that the above-mentioned flank of Etna is sliding very slowly out towards the Ionian Sea at a rate of about 0.8-1.6

inches/year. "There is no need to worry; it is actually an extremely slow process which only produces slight earthquakes from time to time. However, the sliding flank could indeed cause some mild earthquakes and cracks in the towns and houses which are on its way," seismologist Marco Neri said. The research was conducted through geological surveys and InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) observations of the seaward slumping and deformation of the unstable flank of Mount Etna that were carried out from 1995 to 2008. Seismologists at the Catania INGV Institute said they continue to closely monitor Etna activity and to study the relationships between earthquakes and eruptions in Eastern Sicily.


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Beachside at Capo Mullini, Acireale Article and Photos by Glen Sanders

Acireale is a large city located on the coast between Catania and Taormina. It boasts beautiful baroque architecture highlighted by the Cattedrale Maria Annunziata. The church is crowned by twin tiled belfries atop its main entrance. The city is a popular destination during carnival due to its colorful parades and festive décor. Capo Mullini is a cozy fishing village that brims with great seafood

restaurants. It can be found only a few miles south of Acireale. One could easily work up an appetite traipsing about the Acireale area and then arrive ready for the delicacies abundant in quaint Capo Mullini. Site: 5 stars These destinations rate 5 out of 5 stars for their variety of experiences. Acireale’s baroque architecture makes for great scenery at every turn. Villa Belvedere is a large public park that holds several beautiful sculptures, most notably the statue of “Aci and Galatea.” The

The view of Capo Mullini's small harbor from a bar located on the waterfront. The calm, quaint atmosphere of this tiny village is very inviting.

Aci’s derive their name from this local myth about the two lovers. The park also provides a nice view of the Ionian Sea. Shopping abounds with numerous stores located along Via Umberto and Corso Italia, the city’s two main thoroughfares. Via Umberto leads to the Villa Belvedere park and Corso Italia is not a far walk. It would be best to find parking along the



street close to the park and then venture out on foot. Grotta del Presepe (Grotto of the Crib) and Museo dei Pupi dell’Opera are other interesting places just outside of Acireale. The Grotta del Presepe is a lifesized nativity scene of 32 figures set in a lava ravine. The Mueso dei Pupi offers a view of traditional craftsmanship and contains puppets dating back to the 1800’s.

Both locations can be accessed from SS 114. In Capo Mullini it is all about the food. The village is tiny; one main road loops around and is lined with eateries. A range of restaurants can be enjoyed - everything from cozy trattorias to those with paireddown, simple ambience built right on the water. Take your time. It is a choice place to relax and experience an unhurried


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A view of the Ionian coast from the edge of Villa Belvedere.

The statue of Aci and Galatea is located in Acireale's Villa Belvedere park.

meal. Family Friendly: 5 stars Both locations are very family friendly and rate the full five stars. The park in Acireale provides space for kids to play. Capo Mullini is a perfect location for families to enjoy good food together, be it a full Italian meal or just a refreshing gelato. Accesiblity: 4 stars One star was detracted because parking must be found on the street at both locations and can take time and patience, especially in Capo Mullini as it is a very small town. To arrive by car take the A-18 and exit at Acireale. To travel from Acireale to Capo Mullini take SS 114 south. Remain on SS 114 for roughly two miles and turn

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left at the blue road sign for Capo Mullini. Smaller cars are suggested because both Acireale and Capo Mullini have some very tight roadways. Travel Time: 4 stars These locations rate 4 out of 5 stars because the travel time is roughly forty-five minutes to one hour by car.

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Go Green Sigonella! 100 Ways to Conserve Water • #43 Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean. • #44 Don't water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates. • #45 Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance. • #46 Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home. • #47 To decrease water from being wasted on sloping lawns, apply water for five minutes and then repeat two to three times. • #48 Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others. • #49 Use a layer of organic material on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water. • #50 Use a minimum amount of organic or slow release fertilizer to promote a healthy and drought tolerant landscape. • #51 Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those spraying water into the air. • #52 Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. • #53

Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water. • #54 Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month. • #55 Use a rain gauge, or empty tuna can, to track rainfall on your lawn. Then reduce your watering accordingly. • #56 Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults. • #57 Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case it malfunctions or you get an unexpected rain. • #58 Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons a minute. • #59 If your toilet flapper doesn't close after flushing, replace it. • #60 Make sure there are water-saving aerators on all of your faucets. • #61 Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low water use plant for year-round landscape color and save up to 550 gallons each year. • #62 Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don't have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.



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, Hot Pastrami Sandwich, Teriyaki Chicken, Fried Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Calico Corn, Cherry Pie, Abracadabra Bars. Dinner: Vegetable Soup, Baked Lasagna, Roast Veal W/Herb, Steamed Rice, Seasoned Asparagus, Steamed Cauliflower, Garlic Bread, Cherry Pie, and Abracadabra Bars.


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, Fishwich Sandwich, Onion Rings, Eggplant Ratatouille, Southwestern Rice, Club Spinach, Almond Cake, Crisp Toffee Bars. Dinner: Chicken Vegetable Soup, Sauerbraten, Mustard Dill Baked Fish, Spring Garden Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Natural Pan Gravy, Steamed Cut Green Beans, Seasoned Carrots, Almond Cake, Crisp Toffee 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 Catfish, Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Eggplant Parmesan, Brownies,Yellow Cake w/ Icing, Fruit Ambrosia. Speed line: Assorted Pizza, RIKPAK Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Cajun Meatloaf, Grilled Chicken Breast, Rice Pilaf, Brown Gravy, Peas & Onions, Corn on the Cob, Brownies,Yellow Cake w/ Icing, Fruit Ambrosia, RIKPAK.





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

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, Tempura Fish, Beef & Broccoli, Paprika Buttered Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Fried Okra, Spiced Cake w/ Frosting, Crisp Drop Cookies. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes, RIKPAK. Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup, Baked Fish, Grilled Steaks, Tossed Green Rice, Corn O’Brien, Lima Beans, Spiced Cake w/ Frosting, Crisp Drop Cookies, RIKPAK.

Breakfast: Hot Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Sausage Patties, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Blueberry Muffins. Lunch: Chicken Vegetable Soup, Roast Turkey, Braised Beef Cubes, Steamed Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Carrots and Orange Amandine, Club Spinach, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Oatmeal Cookies. Speed Line: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Fried Onion Rings, Macaroni & Cheese, RIKPAK. Dinner: Zesty Bean Soup, Baked Stuffed Fish, Baked Lasagna, Orange Rice, Southern Greens, Seasoned Mixed Vegetables, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Oatmeal Cookies, RIKPAK. 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, Honey Ginger Chicken, Garlic Cheese Potatoes, Farfalle Alfredo, Rice Pilaf, Eggplant Parmesan, Brussels Sprouts Polonaise, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Pudding. Speed Line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes, RIKPAK. Dinner: Cream of Chicken Soup, St. Louis BBQ Pork Ribs, Tortellini, Steamed Rice, Greens Beans Nicoise, Steamed Peas, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Pudding, RIKPAK.

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: Assorted Pizza, RIKPAK. Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Salisbury Steak, Baked Fish, Ginger Rice, Mexican Corn, Steamed Broccoli, Cherry Pie, Peanut Butter Cookies, RIKPAK.

Breakfast: Hot Oatmeal, Grilled Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. Lunch: Cream of Potato Soup, Beef with Broccoli, Baked Fish, Penne Alla Norma, Tempura Fish, Oven Glo Potatoes, Tossed Green Rice, Seasoned Mix Vegetables, Summer Squash, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Pudding. Speed Line: Grilled Hamburger/ Cheeseburger, French Fried Potatoes, Baked Beans, RIKPAK. Dinner: French Onion Soup, Oriental Pepper Steak, Grilled Chicken Breast, Steamed Rice, Spinach, Cauliflower Polonaise, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Pudding, RIKPAK.


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On the Go with MWR

Put me in, Coach Cheerleading Coach Meeting/Training Saturday, Oct. 2 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Midtown Classroom Become a Youth Sports Cheer Coach today! You don’t have to be a parent or ever cheered before! This meeting/training will give you everything you need to become a cheer coach! We will be discussing rules and procedures, completing required NAYS training, and learning basic

cheer and cheer coach fundamentals. Coach’s children’s fee will be waived. Contact Youth Sports Coordinator for more information at 624-3785. Flag Football Coach Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5 5 p.m. at Midtown Classroom Make a touchdown by becoming a Youth Sports Flag Football Coach! Youth Sports is currently looking for volunteer coaches. You do not have to be a parent just some-

one who wants to teach the game. Coach’s children’s fee will be waived. Please note: Required NAYS training for coaches will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Midtown Classroom. Please RSVP with Youth Sports Coordinator. Contact Youth Sports Coordinator for more information at 624-3785.

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule & Descriptions

Friday, September 24 5:00pm Charlie St. Cloud PG-13 5:30pm Salt PG-13 7:30pm Step Up 3 PG-13 PREMIERE 8:00pm Cyrus R

CATS AND DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY- James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Katt Williams, Bette Midler In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan to not only bring her canine enemies to heel, but take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post. Faced with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history in an unlikely alliance to save themselves - and their humans. (100 min.)

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS- Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood Tim, is an up-and-coming executive who has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon. Tim's fiancee, Julie, finds it distasteful and Tim agrees to skip the dinner, until he Saturday, September 25 bumps into Barry--an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building 2:00pm Ramona and Beezus G elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas--and quickly realizes he's struck idiot 2:30pm Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty gold. Tim can't resist, and invites Barry, whose blundering good intentions PG soon sends Tim's life into a frenzied downward spiral and a series of misad5:00pm Inception PG-13 ventures, threatening a major business deal, bringing crazy stalker ex-girl5:30pm Step Up 3 PG-13 friend, Darla, back into Tim's life and driving Julie into the arms of another 7:30pm The Other Guys PG-13 PREman. (110 min.) MIERE CHARLIE ST. CLOUD- Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, 8:00pm Dinner for Schmucks PG-13 Augustus Prew, Donal Logue Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud has the adoration of his mother Claire Sunday, September 26 and his little brother Sam, as well as a college scholarship that will lead him 2:00pm Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut PG short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high-school 2:30pm Charlie St. Cloud PG-13 classmate Tess returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honor4:30pm Step Up 3 PG-13 ing a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound 5:00pm Dinner for Schmucks PG-13 love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discov6:30pm The Other Guys PG-13 ers the soul most worth saving is his own. (109 min.) WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS- Michael Douglas, Shia LeBeouf, Frank Langella, Carey Mulligan, Vanessa Ferlito Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiance Jacob, and Jacob begins to see him as a father figure. But Jacob learns the hard way that Gekko -- still a master manipulator and player -- is after something very different from redemption. (136 min.) Wednesday, September 29 VAMPIRES SUCK- Matt Lanter, Jenn Proske, Chris Riggi, Ken Jeong, 5:00pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG Diedrich Bader LAST SHOWING Becca, an anxious, non-vampire teen, is torn between two boys. Before she can 5:30pm Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps choose, Becca must get around her controlling father, who embarrasses Becca PG-13 by treating her like a child. Meanwhile, Becca's friends contend with their own PREMIERE romantic issues all of which collide at the prom. (82 min.) 7:30pm The Other Guys PG-13 SALT- Angelina Jolie, Live Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel 8:00pm Cyrus R Olbrychski, August Diehl Before becoming a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor, and Thursday, September 30 country. She will prove loyal to these when a defector accuses her of being a 5:00pm Ramona and Beezus G Russian sleeper spy. Salt goes on the run using all her skills and years of expe5:30pm Step Up 3 PG-13 7:30pm Inception PG-13 LAST SHOW- rience as a covert operative to elude capture, protect her husband and stay one step ahead of her colleagues at the CIA. (100 min.) ING 8:00pm Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps PG-13 Tuesday, September 28 5:00pm Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty PG 5:30pm Charlie St. Cloud PG-13 7:30pm Step Up 3 PG-13 8:00pm Dinner for Schmucks PG-13

Friday, October 1 5:00pm Charlie St. Cloud PG-13 5:30pm Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps PG-13 7:30pm Vampires Suck PG-13 PREMIERE 8:00pm Eat, Pray, Love PG-13

Schedule is subject to change, please call to confirm movie showings. Movie Hotline: 624-4248 For more information on MWR’s

programs and services, call 624-3968.

Sigonella Youth get ready for the upcoming cheer and flag football season.

Upcoming leisure classes Add a splash of color to the holidays with photos, jewels or art. Create your holiday gifts with these classes! Beginner Digital Photography Wednesday, October 13 6 – 7:30 p.m., 10 people max Who this class is for: Anyone with a digital camera, point & shoot or DSLR who would like to learn the basics of using their camera Recommended materials: Digital Camera, DSLR or Point & Shoot; Camera Manual What they will learn: Basic camera modes & when to use them, how to navigate their camera's menus, basic composition rules, protecting your photos & image files (formatting memory cards, backup basics, etc), how to hold your camera, a bit about photography editing software, and tips on buying a new camera. Intermediate Digital Photography Saturday, Oct. 16 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (w/ 1 hour break for lunch), 10 people max Who this class is for: Anyone with a DSLR (or would like to get a DSLR) who understands photography basics and is ready to take creative control of their camera using manual settings Recommended materials: DSLR; Camera Manual What they will learn: What is depth of field and how to control it, Using Aperture & Shutter Priority Modes, Using Manual Mode, ISO, White Balance,

Basic Lighting, Composition and paying attention to details, and Photography exercises in class to illustrate these concepts. Jewelry Making Classes with Amy Marshall

Beginners Stringing: Wednesday, Oct. 6 Day Class: 10 a.m. to Noon at Marinai Community Center Evening Class: 6 – 8 p.m. at Connections This is a great first-time jewelry making class. Learn the basics by making a bracelet and pair of earrings. Braided Gemstone Necklace: Wednesday, October 20 Day Class: 10 a.m. to Noon at Marinai Community Center Evening Class: 6 – 8 p.m. at Connections Make a fun braided style necklace with colored beading wire and gemstone beads. Beginners are welcome. Art Classes with Patrizia Greco Classes limited to the first 10 people to sign up. Sign up for all leisure classes at ITT Gear-n-Go. For more information and for pricing call Community Activities at 624-4941.

Change a flat without getting dirty! Stop by the Auto Skills Center and sign up for the next two car-care classes. Pre-registration is required with a maximum participation of 10 people. Classes start at 2 p.m. and are free! For more information call 624-5244. Friday, Oct. 1 Brake Inspection Friday, Oct. 15 - How to Change a Flat Tire

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CHIEFS, continued from page 1 combination cover, they were rung aboard for the first time as a chief petty officer. Prior to closing the ceremony, the family of deployed Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF) Robert Sanders, a new chief, was called forward to receive a plaque and coin on behalf of the NAS Sigonella’s Chiefs Mess. The final part of the ceremony came from Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Jesus Chavez, who shared these words about his first year as a chief. “The number one thing I learned over the course of the last year is this: I have not seen it all and I do have a lot more to learn,” said Chavez. “The process that you just went through kindly introduces you to that fact. Expect long nights in complicated situations with no easy solutions. Expect to make mistakes; because it’s in those mistakes you will learn the most.” In the ceremony closing Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician Walt Summerfield recited the chief petty officers creed. Immediately following the ceremony the chief’s mess held a reception for family and friends to congratulate the Navy’s newest chief petty officers. FFSC, continued from page 5 the world. Additional topics include security, safety, and how the Social Networking sites impact various generations. CONSEP (Career Options & Navy Skills Education Program) – October 18-21, 0800-1600 This program emphasizes career and professional development. Combined with financial management strategies, this program not only better equips sailors to excel on active duty, but also assists them in being more competitive in the civilian employment sector. Conflict, Assertiveness, Respect (CAR) – October 5 - 13001500 Do you constantly have difficulty resolving problems with others? The Conflict Resolution class will teach you how to handle conflict with others, what to do if the conflict get heated, and how to resolving the problem. This class will teach you how to maintain your composure when you feel like your 'button' are being pushed. Also the participant will learn to handle conflict in a safe and non-confrontational way. GEESE, continued from page 2 that by flying in a V-formation, the whole flock gets 71 percent greater flying range than if each goose flew on its own. That’s cool. When one goose gets sick or wounded, two fall out of formation with it and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with the struggler until it’s able to fly again. That’s really cool. Thirdly, the geese in the rear of the formation are the ones who do the honking. Chuck Swindoll says, “ I suppose it’s their way of announcing that they’re following and that all is well. For sure, the repeated honks encourage those in front to stay at it.” Like bees in a beehive, geese instinctually work together as a team. Whether it’s rotating leadership from the front, flapping, helping, or simply honking, the flock is in it together...which enables them to accomplish what they set out to do (move to a warmer climate). Thus, the practical application of the partnership principle is relatively straightforward: We must, as leaders, partner with others to get the

job accomplished effectively. We cannot do it all on our own. We can learn a lot from a flock of geese. Team building is essential. We must appropriate the partnership principle in order to be truly successful leaders. Together, we can get the job done!

Wellness Fair draws a crowd Article by MCSA Cameron Bramham The Signature Staff Naval Hospital Sigonella’s Health Promotions, along with Navy Exchange Sigonella, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and the Commissary sponsored the Wellness Fair on Sept. 17 at NAS Sigonella’s support base. The Wellness Fair is an annual event that gives an opportunity for all departments and organizations onbase to put out information and resources about health and wellness by setting up different booths outside the NEX and Commissary. Some of the booths that were set-up during the course of day were

Fleet and Family Center, Breast Cancer Awareness, Navy Exchange, Fire Safety and Naval Hospital. Health Promotion Coordinator Paola Klein has been a part of three Wellness Fairs since coming to NAS Sigonella and said it's always fun to give information to the base during the fair. "It's important to help people understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle whether it be shortterm or long-term," Klein said. "What better way to do that, than to have some fun in the process." For more information on a proper healthy lifestyle, contact the Naval Hospital Health Promotions office at 624-4710.



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A participant from Dental Clinic shows a Sigonella youth the proper way to brush her teeth during the 2010 Wellness Fair, held outside of the NEX on NAS I on Sept. 16.

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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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Information provided by Naval Hospital Sigonella Naval Hospital Sigonella has received its first shipment of the seasonal flu vaccine. This year's vaccine contains the H1N1 strain as one of its components. Our initial focus is on active duty and high risk medical patients. Once further shipments are received, and we are able to immunize additional beneficiaries, another message will be distributed. Active duty immunizations will be coordinated by the Flight Line Clinic via the respective commands. Active duty personnel will receive Flumist (nasal spray vaccine) unless medically contraindicated. High risk medical patients include the groups of people listed below. If you are in one of these groups, please come to the immunizations clinic (located in the Primary Care Clinic at Naval Hospital Sigonella) to be immunized with the seasonal flu vaccine. * pregnant women * people who live with or provide care for infants aged <6 months (e.g., parents, siblings, and daycare providers) * Children 6 months to 2 years of age * health-care and emergency

medical services personnel * people aged 2 - 64 years of age who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenzarelated complications, including: o Chronic pulmonary disease, including asthma o Cardiovascular disease (except hypertension) o Chronic Kidney disease o Chronic liver disease o Cognitive and neurologic/neuromuscular diseases o Hematologic diseases o Metabolic disorders, including diabetes mellitus o Immunosuppressed patients, including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus). The hours for the immunization clinic are: Mon/Tue/Thur: 0800-1200 and 1300-1530 Wed: 0800-1200 Friday: 0830-1200 and 13001500 IMMS Clinic in Primary Care 624-4643 Located on NAS I second deck of NH Sigonella FLC IMMS Clinic 624-6932 Located on NAS II first deck of Flight Line Clinic


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Thank You Ombudsmen Article provided by FFSC

September 14th marked the 40th anniversary of the Ombudsman Program in the United States Navy. We would like to thank all the Ombudsmen for their dedicated support of our military service members and their families. Each year, for the past forty years, Navy Family Ombudsmen have donated countless hours in service to our Navy families. Ombudsmen are a member of an elite group of compassionate people, positively influencing the lives of those they encounter. During their tenure as Command Ombudsman, they continue to assist and empower our command

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families to face numerous challenges, throughout deployments, relocation, and emergencies. The support the Ombudsmen offer plays an instrumental role in ensuring the readiness of each military family member, and is key to the success of our Navy. Though Navy Family Ombudsmen do not wear military uniforms, they stand beside our Sailors and their families as valuable members of the command leadership team. Professionally trained as information and referral specialists, the assistance they donate allows the command to maintain their focus on preparing and successfully, and safely, exe-

cuting the mission. As an Ombudsman, they have been supportive, empathetic, calm in crises, encouraging, inspirational, and consoling through the unique situations our military families face. Please know that we recognize all the Ombudsmen as a true â&#x20AC;&#x153;homefront heroâ&#x20AC;? thank you for your service to the Navy, and to the United States of America. We will celebrate our Ombudsmen today, Sept. 24 with a Luncheon at the Sigonella Inn Restaurant.

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September 24 The Signature  
September 24 The Signature  

The September 24 issue of The Signature.