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Supplying Seychelles LT Curtis Butler FISC Sigonella Vital military missions can be found almost anywhere in the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Sigonella area of responsibility.

FISC Sigonella, the newest of seven FISCs under Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers, is a component of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) responsible for providing logistical products and services to fleet and installation customers throughout Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. On 9 January 2010, LS2 Nancy Cid found out just how far the area of responsibility stretched. Cid was temporarily assigned to the Seychelles island chain approximately 1000 miles of the coast of the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean. She was selected to be the logistics subject matter expert for a joint military operation involving Navy and Air Force aviation. Over 70 military and civilian personnel benefited from the support Cid provided in the areas of postal, procurement, fuels, and administra-

tion during her five month mission off the coast of Africa. Her long list of accomplishments included delivering nearly 2,000 pounds of outgoing mail, providing tracking and visibility for critically needed repair parts valuing $1.5 million, and coordinating with local merchants to procure material needed for day-to-day operations. The local vendor relationships were critical to LS2 Cid as she was responsible for the accurate financial documentation of vehicle rentals, accommodations, drinking water, shuttles, and property leases. The staggering volume of fuel was one of the most impressive aspects of her duties. Records for over 5,000 gallons of aviation fuel had to be received and maintained every two days. Additionally, 800 gallons of diesel fuel were delivered weekly to support jeeps, tractors, and

Fire Safety for Kids at School forklifts. Attention to detail was critical for the $15,000 per week fuel operation to run smoothly and without delay. In spite of the heavy workload, she found time to volunteer at two local orphanages by painting and revitalizing functional areas. Her hours of hard work at each location showed tangible improvements and helped bolster the relationship between the U.S. and the Seychelles. Cid’s contributions to joint operations off the Horn of Africa highlight FISC Sigonella’s significant contributions to the demanding military operations in 5th and 6th Fleet. Dedicated sailors such as Cid will continue to be the driving force in successfully delivering NAVSUP products and services to an evergrowing range of customers.

Basic Rider Course Mandatory for Motorcycle Registration on Base Story By MC1 Gardner Signature Staff Maybe you’re new to the military or a new bike rider who hasn’t heard, but the basic rider course is a

requirement for all Military personnel and DOD civilian personnel operating a motorcycle on any military installation. Safety is the number one concern when riding no matter what you’re riding whether it’s a

motorcycle, moped or even a dirt bikes. The good news is that here in Sigonella the Safety office offers monthly courses geared towards your riding level. The classes are instructed on base and are free.

However, slots are filled on first come, first serve basis so riders may have to wait several months for entry. For more information on when the classes are being held contact the Safety Office at 624-5630.

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Marcus Ochoa gives riding cues to a particpant during the Basic Rider Course offered at Naval Air Station Sigonella Aug. 10. The course is being offered to military members wanting to learn basic skills or refresh their current skills.

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By Gene Tatum NASSIG Fire Inspector According to the U.S. Fire Administration, a fire can get out of control in as little as 30 seconds. Students should understand what they can do to prevent fires at home and at School and learn to recognize things around them that could be a fire hazard. Fires can get out of control quickly and can happen anywhere. It is important that students understand basic fire safety at school so they know how to react in an emergency. Teachers can give examples of possible fire hazards: putting something flammable near an open flame, such as a candle; playing with matches; leaving the stove on; or laying fabric or paper over a lamp. Students can share their results with the class to help other students recognize possible fire hazards at home or in the classroom. Conducting fire escape drills at school is a monthly requirement for the NFPA here at NAS Sigonella. Students may not understand why they need to walk in a straight line when leaving the building or why they need to check in with their teacher once they have left the building. All of this should become a habit when practicing fire drills, which in turn will reduce the confusion. Explaining the reasons behind each step of a fire drill can help students to take official fire drills more seriously and be better prepared to react during an emergency. Getting out of the building as quickly as possible is essential during a fire. In an emergency situation, it is easy to get distracted and lose track of students in the Fire,continued Page 12

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Direct Line The 5 August Feedback Live received so many questions via the web that some of them couldn’t be covered in the allotted time, so we are devoting the next two Direct Line columns to answer them. Please keep sending your questions via email, but remember that Feedback Live is a LIVE call in show -- you can get your question answered on the spot. The show is held on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. To call in live on the show, please dial 624-4265 or 095-56-4265. Q1. Is there a problem with the air conditioning at the NEX or is it part of the energy savings program? A1. NEX chillers and air handlers are running properly and Public Works Department (PWD) Sigonella High Volume Air Conditioning (HVAC) Shop professionals check their operation daily. One issue is that the power quality supplied by the local Italian

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power company, ENEL, is not always stable and power spikes and drops can cause the HVAC systems to shut down. When this happens, the NEX immediately calls the PWD to reset the chillers. During the down time, the building's temperature rises and it takes longer to cool the building once the air is brought back online. Unfortunately, we do not have control over the power quality from ENEL. Furthermore, when it was initially constructed, the NEX was installed with a separate Direct Digital Control (DDC) system that is not compatible with our basewide DDC system. PWD Sig is in the process of awarding an Energy Savings Performance Contract, which will include the installation of a compatible DDC system and will increase both energy conservation and efficiency at the NEX. Additionally, it should increase our system reporting and reliability as well.

SUMMER-PROOFING YOUR PET By: Capt. Sarah Cooper Sigonella Veterinary Treatment Facility

Now that summer is in full swing, have you taken the necessary steps to prepare your pet? Here are a few tips from Veterinary Services to ensure success: 1. Ensure your pet has plenty of fresh water at all times of the day, especially if they are outside for any length of time. Never leave your pet outdoors without water. 2. When going to the store or in town, do your pet a favor and leave them at home. Pets kept locked up in a car or truck can die from heat exhaustion in a matter of minutes in this warm environment. Having windows left partially open is not adequate enough during the hottest months of the summer to prevent the effects of heat stress (remember pets don’t have sweat glands like humans, they lose body heat through panting—when it’s humid panting is less effective)

is not adequate for pets in this environment. Dog houses provide shade, but they also can act like ovens by absorbing heat from sun rays, therefore they are seldom ideal means to protect your pet from the heat of the day. For yards without trees or other means of shade, consider installing a pet door to allow your pet to get out of the hot weather or providing them with a small wading pool where they can lie down and cool themselves in water. Signs of heat stress can range from lethargy, inability to stop panting, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, coma, or sudden death. If you think your pet may be suffering from heat stress, immediately get them inside or to the shade, pour cool water on them, fan them, and contact a veterinarian immediately. 4. For long-haired pets, consider having their fur trimmed for the summer. Long, thick coats of hair act as an insulator of heat and make the animal less tolerant of the temperature in their environment.

3. Try to avoid having your pet outside during the hottest part of the day. If pets must spend the day outdoors, ensure that they have shade and plenty of fresh water available at all times. Many times shade is only available during the early morning or late afternoon; this

5. Keep grass and weeds in your yard trimmed. Tall grass and weeds not only pose a fire hazard, but they also provide a hiding place for creatures such as snakes, scorpions, spiders, and centipedes. These creatures

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Q2. Can NEX implement the customer satisfaction review/input at all stores? A2. A Customer Satisfaction Index Survey will take place during the month of October. and the NEX appreciates your feedback. If you have any issues with service at any time, please notify a manager immediately. In fact, you may email the General Manager at Also, we have been conducting extensive customer service training with our staff over the past 2 months and believe we are on the right track to provide our valuable customers with an excellent shopping experience. Q3. I just wanted to know why housing is not helping a repair or replace front door screens at Marinai housing? A3. Housing is aware of the numerous worn and/or damaged screens in Marinai. Unfortunately, in accordance with the lease contract between NAV-

FAC and the Italian Lessor, screens are not repaired or replaced when the units undergo 'change of maintenance’ (i.e., a new resident moves in). As the majority of the worn screens are not considered wear and tear items, the Lessor is not obligated to repair or replace them through our trouble call system. The Sailor-helping-Sailor Program delivered a huge impact on the damaged screen issue in years past, therefore, tenants weren't charged. Housing has provided NAVFAC a list of current worn/damaged screens and we are currently awaiting a cost estimate from the Lessor to replace them. Once Housing receives the cost estimate, they will provide the funds to NAVFAC and NAVFAC will then initiate a delivery order to the Lessor. Lessor/Housing will schedule the replacements with our residents. Last week, Housing and NAVFAC requested a modification to the lease contract

be executed by the Real Estate Contracting Officer in Naples that will ensure screens are fixed during change of maintenance. The questions, comments and concerns stated in this column do not constitute the official position of the U.S. Navy and are submitted by members of the community.

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049 ROMAN CATHOLIC PROTESTANT Sunday Sunday 0830 Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) 1000 Traditional Protestant (NAS I) 1200 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) 1130 Contemporary Protestant (NAS I) Monday – Thursday 1130 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE JEWISH LAY SERVICES Sunday 1800 1st Friday (NAS I Chapel) 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. Brandi, Publisher, Naval Support 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, guard mail stop #68 or hand-delivered to our office no later than the close of business on the Friday proceeding the expected publication date. All articles submitted by non-staff members will be considered contributing writers. The Signature will not publish any anonymous articles. All advertisements in this publication are the property of Stampa Generale S.r.l. Any reproduction of advertisements in The Signature is unauthorized without the written consent of the publisher.

Abdullah and Steve His name is Abdullah – a delightful businessman with a proper wife and two grown sons, Mohammed and Ahmed. His home is Saudi Arabia. I sat next to him for ten hours last week on a flight from Rome to Chicago. His meals were prepared according to prescribed standards and from specified ingredients. I ate the standard fare. From my standpoint, our conversation was way better than a Ken Burns documentary. I could honestly say, “Abdullah, I don’t know a great deal about Saudi Arabia. Tell me about your country and your people.” Had we been on a Concorde, there may not have been time for his answer. He spoke with great devotion on matters of politics, religion, domestics, technology, business and family. Occasionally I would ask a clarifying question and he was so glad for the opportunity to shed yet more light on the particular subject at hand. As a young boy, his home in Southeast Saudi Arabia did not have air conditioning. In August, the temperatures would regularly reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. By 1100 each day, the families would all retire to their respective caves in the hills until

approximately 1800. There the temperature was such that Abdullah needed two blankets to keep warm during those hours of rest. It was simply too hot in their normal living areas to be productive. He was particularly proud to tell me of the tightness of his family and community. He described life itself as very rich, an abundance to be savored. He asked how many came to my wedding reception. I told him I thought we had approximately two hundred guests but many of them came from hundreds of miles away. He smiled and said, “At our weddings, we have ten thousand guests. We prepare almost as many lambs over rice as you have guests. Life is very rich.” I suspected that Abdullah was hardly a recent citizen of his country but I thought I would at least ask about his ancestry. Well, let’s put it this way . . . the fact that his eldest son’s name is Mohammed is more than just a tribute to the prophet. As direct descendants, Abdullah’s family has been in that portion of the world for at least thirteen centuries. Abdullah is from Saudi Arabia in a manner altogether different from the manner in which I am from Sigonella. My roots here are not quite as deep. In fact, I might say that I am from Illinois. However, in a few more years, I will not even be able to say I have lived half my life in that State. Only one of my parents was born in Illinois and he was the first generation to be so. Go back a couple more generations and you won’t find any of my ancestors that were even born in the country I call home. I am not envious of Abdullah nor do I have any desire to unnecessarily compare our lives, to demonstrate some fabricated superiority. But I am so very thankful for the privilege of conSteve, continued on page 12

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NEX Introduces Military Star® Card Uniform Payment Plan for CPO Selects

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Kristine M. Sturkie NEXCOM PAO Chief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees now have an additional deferred payment plan option available to them when purchasing new uniforms at their NEX. The NEX has created a CPO (Sel) Uniform Payment Plan through the Military Star® Card which will allow CPO Selectees to charge their new required CPO uniforms to their Military Star Card. The Military Star® Card CPO (Sel) Uniform Payment Plan can only be used at NEX Uniform Stores. “We were looking for a way to make purchasing new Chief uniforms easier for our CPO selectees,” said Capt. Ed Spillman, Navy Exchange Service Command’s (NEXCOM) Deputy Commander, Military Services. “With the creation of the Military Star® Card CPO (Sel) Uniform Payment Plan, CPO Selectees can walk up to the cash register with their uniform purchases and charge them just like they would anything else in the NEX. It’s quick and easy and eliminates the need for the

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photo by MCSN Wilbert D. Dow Postal Clerk 1st Class (chief select) D'Andre Allen, from Jacksonville, Fla., is joined by his 5-year-old son as he searches for dress uniform shoes during the (NEX) Uniform Night event.

CPO selectee to fill out paperwork.” The new Military Star® Card CPO (Sel) Uniform Payment Plan provides zero percent interest for 12 months with no minimum purchase amount. However, minimum monthly payments are required. Customers who open a Military Star® Card account will receive 10 percent off their first day’s purchases, including a uniform purchase. The 10 percent discount is applied to the customer’s Military Star® Card statement.

100818-N-8907D-139 ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 18, 2010) Lt. Kevin Keith, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, left, assists a mariner in distress with an intravenous fluid bag aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The mariner and seven other survivors was rescued by two SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 7 and transported to Harry S. Truman. The eight rescued mariners were evaluated by medical staff and provided clothes and food. Harry S. Truman is part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike group and is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stuart Phillips/Released)

First Class Petty Officers - Leading from the Front Story Provided by: First Class Association In order to understand what the First Class Association (FCA) is, you must understand what it means to be a First Class Petty Officer. We are deckplate leaders who are engaged in the day to day lives of our sailors. From the day we put on that third chevron, we are taught to take care of our people. As senior sailors, we are asked to promote our Navy Core Values and set the standard for our sailors to adhere to through personal example. To be a member of the association, you do not need any special qualifications and being a member will not help you to receive any prestigious awards. All that it requires is a desire to make things better than they were before you arrived and dedication to your fellow first classes. As a first line leader, it is our job to look out after the junior sailors under our charge, but as a member of the association, we are committed

to taking care of every sailor regardless of where they work or who they work for. The decision to join the FCA is an unwritten agreement stating that “you care about more than just your own career, your own division or your own department.” It is a stepping stone in the path to becoming a Chief Petty Officer, for it is in the first class association that we learn to network, to work together as a cohesive unit, to get the job done no matter how insurmountable the task may seem. As President of the NASSIG First Class Association, I would like to extend an invitation to all First Class Petty Officers who desire to be part of something that is bigger than the individual. We meet on the first Thursday of every month, so come out and join us. For More Information about the NASSIG FCA, contact ABH1 Clifton @ 8293, HT1 Barker @ 2388, or LS1 Rios @ 2331

An active part of the community the first class association participates in National Night Out, an event designed to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in a festive block party type setting. Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

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Gambino 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

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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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Do you have a passion for writing or are you looking for a little experience in journalism? Do you ever read the stories here and think you’d like to add to our growing archive of travel articles? Does your command have something special going on that you think deserves to be in the paper? If so, The Signature is looking for you! We are seeking volunteers to help cover base-wide events as well as feature stories. If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in please call the Public Affairs Office at 624-5440. Orange Park

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If you're thinking of taking your next vacation alone, you're in good company. More people than ever are enjoying the benefits that independent travel can offer. Here is information to help you make the most of a solo vacation. Traveling alone has many advantages. You get to decide where you want to go, what you want to see, how much you're willing to spend, and even what time you want to have meals. If you'd like to people-watch from a city café, or browse shops and museums, you won't have to sacrifice these activities for a traveling companion or group of people who prefer staying by the pool all day. You have the opportunity to interact with local people and other vacationers, who tend to be more helpful and courteous to the single traveler. They may let you in on the best flea market bargains or invite you on a tour. Many solo travelers meet new friends, enjoy unique experiences, and acquire life-long memories to share with those at home. Deciding on and planning your trip It's never too soon to begin planning the kind of trip you would like to take. Do you want to travel domestically by bus or train, or would you prefer driving your own car across country? Are you the outdoorsy type who likes to ski or scuba dive? Or, are you interested in the exotic food, architecture, and customs of a foreign culture? Even if you don't feel like the brave adventurous

type, solo vacationing can turn you into a traveler, and not just a tourist. Inquire about single-friendly vacation packages. Many cruise lines, travel agencies, and touring specialists offer packages for singles. These trips not only offer opportunities for singles to meet others, but they also help minimize or eliminate the "Single Supplement," an extra charge added onto your bill if only one person occupies a cabin, hotel room, or other accommodation. Because most vacation packages are priced based on two people sharing a room to qualify for the double occupancy rate, single-friendly holidays often pair up travelers to ensure that you don't pay the extra supplement. This "guarantee share option" means that even if no roommate is found, you will still only pay the per-person, double occupancy rate. Some sites and travel companies let you connect with your own travel companions; others match you randomly with a fellow single traveler of the same sex. To find single-friendly vacations, visit: Connecting: Solo Travel Network at Singles Travel International at at at Research the region you would like to visit. Visit that area's visitor's and tourism bureau by doing a search on the Internet. Request brochures and travel guides from

local travel agencies. Read about the history, customs, language, arts, and noteworthy sights of the region. Find out the best time of year and best way to travel to your destination. Consider a theme-based holiday. One seasoned solo traveler loves to learn about his roots and visits towns once inhabited by his ancestors. If you have a passion for nature, plan a vacation that will keep you outdoors. Investigate conventions, conferences, and trade shows. If you're a huge fan of Star Wars, or if you're interested in anything from dog shows to psychology, consider attending a convention held by an association dedicated to that field. For example, an Internet search on car shows might lead you to a great exhibition only a few hundred miles from home. Sign up for a workshop or a retreat. Whatever your interests are -- dance, painting, or computers -- there are seminars, workshops, and retreats held all over the world specializing in these areas. There are even workshop cruises that focus on specific mind/body activities such as yoga and meditation. Become a volunteer steward of the earth. Check into The Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, or other environmental organizations to see new places, meet interesting people, and do the world some good at the same time.

Sigonella Students attend European Keystone Conference in Germany Kahlil Bowen Signature Summer Hire Students from Sigonella High School attended the military European Keystone Conference Saturday 30 July in Garmisch, Germany. Tony Peppers and Franco Garcia, represented the Sigonella Keystone Club at the Military European Keystone Conference. Boys & Girls Clubs on military bases have Keystone Clubs, which focus on leadership and service skills. The conference was made up of Keystone Teen Staff from all around Europe who got together to

discuss the future of their generation and how to ensure better opportunities for more life experience. The trip was more than just educational , as it allowed students to use it a new country and meeting new people and finding common interests. "My favorite part of the trip was meeting new people and talking to former 'Youth of the Year' winners, and getting to know the Real Deal of Keystone" said Peppers. Keystone is a premier teen leadership program which held the conference to promote discussion about future plans after High

school, College, and Job choices. Founded in 1964, Keystone meets teens' vitally important needs for positive group experiences. With the guidance of Boys & Girls Club staff, opportunities are provided to make leadership decisions, engage in academic and career experiences, and serve others. Peppers and Garcia came away from the Keystone with techniques to plan for the future after high school and the tools needed to get there. The next Keystone meeting will be held in Orlando, FL next summer and Peppers plans to attend after Fundraising and hard work.

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Religious Festivals to be held in Mineo and Noto Make sure you mark on your calendar two must-see religious festivals taking place on Sunday, Aug. 29 and celebrating the patron saints of Mineo and Noto. Visitors attending those feste will discover the true soul of Sicily’s religious and folkloristic traditions. Every year, on the last two weekends of August, Mineo pays tribute to Santa Agrippina, (Saint Agrippina) its beloved patron saint, with religious processions, holy masses and a combination of fireworks and music shows. Saint Agrippina was a princess who was martyred by Roman Emperor Valerian in 256 AD because she was a Christian. According to tradition, the holy relics of Saint Agrippina arrived in Mineo on May 17, in the year 261 AD. The statue of the patron saint, which is preserved inside the town main church, will be carried through the city streets for veneration on Sunday, Aug. 29 from 8 p.m. until midnight. The "Pellegrinaggio dei Nudi" (Pilgrimage of the naked ones), which takes place in the town's center the night before (Aug. 28) at 7 p.m., is another highlight of this lively festival. Nudi are barefoot devotees dressed in white shorts and tshirts with a red sash and a black velvet belt. They are called "naked ones" because in the past they attended the processions by wearing only white "causi a tila" (underpants)

and carrying a holy picture of the saint and a bunch of flowers. The reason for such a simple dress relates to a legend telling about a night

patron saint!). They also recite the rosary and sing hymns in Sicilian. After the World Wars, many Mineo residents who survived the fighting made a vow to go on a pilgrimage every year in Mineo for the rest of their lives. Saint Agrippina is also venerated for having protected Mineo against a devastating earthquake that hit the town in 1975. The festival's entertainment will also include fireworks and music shows. Saint Agrippina is also celebrated in Boston a spectacular festival. For more information and detailed festival schedules, contact Mineo town tourist office at 095989010.

ed in Noto since the 16th century. In 1515, Pope Leo X permitted the town of Noto to annually celebrate a San Corrado festival on the anniversary of his death. Hundred and fifteen years later, Pope Urban VIII proclaimed him a saint. The strong devotion and grati-

tude shown to San Corrado by the Noto community is due to the intercessions that he granted them on several occasions throughout the centuries. One of them concerns the mirFestival, continued on page 7


St. Agrippina Festival in Mineo when a terrible earthquake woke up Mineo's townspeople from their sleeps in 1693. Hundreds rushed into the streets wearing only their nightshirts and invoked Saint Agrippina for the cessation of the earthquake tremors. At the beginning of last century, the bishop of Siracusa prohibited devotees from wearing only underpants during the festival, as he believed it was an inappropriate outfit for a religious procession. During this fascinating religious parade, devotees scream in Sicilian: "Viva la nostra patrona Sant'Agrippina!" (Long live Saint Agrippina, our

St. Conrad Festival in Noto The annual "Festa di San Corrado" or St. Conrad Festival will return to Noto on Sunday, Aug. 29 and Monday, Aug.30. Noto is one of the most beautiful Baroque towns in Sicily. The town is indeed part of UNESCO World Heritage List. The summer feast honoring St. Conrad is one of the four traditional yearly celebrations celebrating the town patron saint. Saint Conrad has been venerat-

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John Malkovich in the Infernal Comedy in Taormina Sigonella theatergoers will be happy to hear that, on Monday, Sept 6, the stage of Palazzo dei Congressi of Taormina will host “The Infernal Comedy, Confessions of a serial killer,” a play for orchestra, two sopranos (Louise Fribo / Laura Aikin and Aleksandra Zamojska) and an actor. Staged by Michael Sturminger and based on the true life story of Jack Unterweger, the play tells the story of a convicted murderer, who was eventually pardoned and became a renowned author and journalist as well as a brilliant example of rehabilitation. He was a serial killer who killed prostitutes in Vienna, Graz, Prague and Los Angeles. After disappearing from Vienna fleeing the United States, he was arrested in Miami and extradited to Austria where he committed suicide after being charged and convicted of having committed eleven murderers. Jack Unterweger, played by John Malkovich, has died, but from the hell he reads us his unpublished memoirs with winning fascination in order to promote himself and his literary work. The serial killer finally ensures that his memoirs could reveal the absolute truth, a solemn promise of a liar who says: "The first thing I learned was a smile and that smile was a lie." On the stage monologues alternate with the protagonist’s scenes acted along with singers. “I’m really fascinated by this mysterious figure of Jack

Unterweger. I am also fascinated by the combination of crime and contemporary classical music. Here I finally had the opportunity to play a really bad thing that I like very much,” said John Malkovich. When a dead serial killer returns to the stage to present his autobiography in a public reading, a comedy is not exactly what we are in for; but what are we demanding, anyway, if we are waiting to see a new opera/play about a murderer of women, for an orchestra on period instruments, two sopranos and one actor? The forecast changes completely if we learn that John Malkovich is going to play the role of Jack, who is launching his “Confessions of a serial killer”. Now we definitely expect the unexpected. That very anticipation made me bold enough to try to write the libretto, and it helped me to finish it within a few weeks. The beginning was simple. While performing easy jokes like a

stand-up comedian, Jack introduces his book, which flamboyantly he has called “The Infernal Comedy”. Having come that far, the writer only had to imagine what John’s Jack would be doing next; and what he did was look for the truth? Once the play was written it was a pure pleasure to direct, especially since the piece gave John room for improvisation in a literal way, which means continually improving it and making it better! Although staying perfectly faithful to direction, text and his partners on the stage, John, in every single rehearsal or performance, searched for new possibilities to surprise himself and us. Watching JohnMalkovich perform, we immediately connected to the ideal for which dramatic art is made: the presence of the moment (Michael Sturminger). For more information and tickets visit

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The dangers of friending strangers: the Robin Sage experiment

Dott Stella



Article by Petty Officer 2nd Class Elliott Fabrizio Adding tons of Facebook friends doesn’t necessarily make you popular; it may actually put you and the Defense Department (DoD)’s information security at risk—especially when you have friends you don’t even know. Provide Security, a cyber security company, illustrated this danger with the Robin Sage Experiment. The experiment created fake Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles under the alias, “Robin Sage.” A photo of a cute girl (borrowed from an adult website) and the job title “Cyber Threat Analyst” completed the fake profiles. From there, Thomas Ryan, co-founder & managing partner at Provide Security, posing as Robin, sent requests and established social network connections with more than 300 professionals in the National Security Agency, DoD, and Global 500 corporations. Robin’s new friends revealed information to Ryan that violated military operational security and personal security restrictions. “The worst compromises of operational security I had were troops discussing their locations and what time helicopters were taking off,” Ryan said during a phone conversation. People also sought Robin’s professional advice, invited her to dinners, and offered her job opportunities. Not bad in this economy, especially for a person who doesn’t even exist. “From one person I was profiling, I was able to get all the security questions for their email and bank account,” Ryan said. “These are questions like ‘what was your first car’?” I don’t even want people I Festival, continued from page 6 acle that San Corrado worked in 1855 when Noto residents summoned him to protect the town against a deadly cholera epidemic. According to tradition, San Corrado interceded and the city was spared by the illness. Tradition also holds that, in 1943, World War II bombings spared Noto as granted through the intercession of San Corrado. The mayor of the time also promised he would offer a candle every year to thank him. Life of San Corrado According to legend, Corrado Confalonieri, a wealthy aristocrat, was born in Piacenza in 1290. Corrado loved hunting. One day in 1313, an episode changed his life. During his usual pastime, Corrado ordered his attendants to set fire to some bushes to flush out game. But a prevailing wind caused the flames to spread rapidly devastating nearby fields, forests, towns and villages. Corrado fled panicking. An innocent peasant was accused of being the arsonist. Thus, he was tortured to confess a crime he did not commit, and eventually he was sentenced to death. As the poor man was ready to be executed, Conrad was stricken with remorse and confessed his guilt saving the poor man's life. Because of his noble origins, Corrado was spared death penalty. But he had to sell all his possessions to pay off the damaged property. Thus, Corrado became poor and retired as a Franciscan monk to a lonely hermitage near Piacenza, while his wife

Would you approve this person’s friend request? (Photo courtesy Provide Security) know to have access to my e-mail or bank account, much less anybody on the Internet with audacity to send out a friend request from a fake profile. From time to time, I have received a random friend request from a person I don’t know, usually accompanied by a profile picture of a pretty girl, but I have this rule of thumb: if I haven’t met you, we aren’t friends yet. Megan Fox is the only exception to this rule.

“The danger isn’t social networking itself. The danger is doing it carelessly.” - Thomas Ryan Provide Security, Co-founder My suspicions are that the unknown friend request could lead to anything from phishing scams to something as harmless as trying to get me to fill out annoying surveys—either way the answer is ignore. Out of curiosity, I still like to confirm they are fake requests. You know, on the off chance it actually is a cute girl that found me out of the blue and is totally into me. Having low amounts of friends is my first clue, as is having only one entered the Order of Poor Clares. Later, he went to Rome to meet with Pope and eventually to Sicily. There, he settled in the Noto Valley where he led a penitential life for thirty years using a cave for meditation. According to tradition, Corrado worked several miracles during his long hermitage. A legend tells that the most famous miracle occurred when the Siracusa Bishop visited Corrado in his humble home. When the Bishop asked Corrado if he had anything to offer to his guests, the hermit replied he would check in his cell. Right after, he came back bringing some fresh bread out of the oven. Therefore, the bishop became convinced that Corrado was a saint. On Aug. 29, the Festival starts with a solemn Holy Mass celebrated by the Noto Bishop at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral. Later, in the evening, the Arca, a silver urn containing the saint remains, is carried shoulder high along the streets of Noto historic center. The procession begins at 7 p.m. from the Cathedral and proceeds throughout the historic heart of the city until the Crocifisso Church. A spectacular firework with music show will be held in piazza Municipio at 10 p.m. On Monday, Aug. 30, the festival will move to the "Lido di Noto," the coastal district of the town, with a concert of Italian rock singer Andrea Mingardi beginning at 10:30 p.m. Later, at 1 a.m., the festival will end with a breathtaking fireworks' show on the water. The magnificent Arc is a priceless piece of art Giovanni Manuella,

profile picture. According to Ryan’s report, an inspection of Robin Sage’s profile would have revealed her claimed ten years of cyber security experience would have put her in the career field at age 15. During the experiment, one person checked the alumni records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), her claimed educational background, and this effort confirmed that MIT had no record of a Robin Sage. The danger isn’t social networking itself. The danger is doing it carelessly. According to DoD’s directivetype memorandum concerning social media and Internet capabilities, it is the responsibility of military leaders on all levels to ensure the safety of DoD and personal information. All service members are instructed to beware of operational security when using communications such as telephone lines and e-mail; however, service members need to remember that information posted through social media should be regulated the same way, despite the casual feel of many of these sites. Having a friend you don’t know means virtually anyone could be monitoring your activities and the information in your posts, and if you post as much as some of my friends that means they’d know almost everything about your schedule right down to that “epic cheeseburger” you ate. Social media is a great tool for networking and communication, if the user is careful about the information he or she is sharing and who has the privileges to view it. So, for anyone hoping to be my friend in the social media realm, you’ll have to at least buy me dinner first. a Sicilian architect, designed the Arca in 1525. Throughout the centuries, several generations of Sicilian goldsmiths and silversmiths added fine decorations to the original model. The urn was eventually completed in 1848. The Arca is 6.2 feet tall and 24 inches wide. It weighs 880 pounds. It contains the saint's body and it is usually kept inside the Noto cathedral. After the 1990 earthquake, the Arca was moved to the nearby Church of San Carlo al Corso as the cathedral was damaged by the tremors. It will be preserved there until the cathedral is restored. Members from the local Confraternite (Confraternities) bring the traditional Cili and banners in procession while they are dressed in traditional costumes. A continuous stream of more than 4,000 people follows the procession. Cili are decorated iron bowls supported by a tall wooden stick, which contains a candle. They have been symbolizing the devotion shown to the saint after the fulfillment of a vow or pledge since the 1500s. Some fervent devotees still perform the traditional Viaggiu Scausu or "Barefoot Itinerary" both on the night before the festival and during the procession. That is a real proof of devotion and physical resistance, as it consists of following the main procession barefoot and walking for miles from the surrounding towns to the cathedral. Some residents, leaving from the surrounding cities, walk up to 15 miles to reach Noto and take part in the procession. For more information contact the Noto Tourist Office at Tourist Office at 0931-573779.

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Villa Romana del Casale

(Above & Below)An outside view of the partially excavated Calidaria, which are the steam baths of the Villa Romana del Casale.

Gelso Bianco


Article and photos by Lt. Matt Knight Sigonella Public Affairs Officer To visit Villa Romana del Casale located outside of Piazza Armerina, Sicily, is to step back in time to the height of the Roman Empire's power and decadence. Time has taken a heavy toll on most of the buildings themselves, but what makes the site truly world class are the mosaics that cover the floors of the entire complex. The site is being actively restored and the majority of it has permanent structures and scaffolds in place which give onlookers a birds eye view of the magnificent mosaics. Each mosaic adorning the rooms of the expansive complex depict every aspect of Roman life from the Roman gods in the entryway to the “bikini girls� demonstrating athletic abilities in a back room. Site: The overall site rating is three stars. The three star rating is due to current construction at the site that has closed half of the mosaics from public viewing. When the construction is complete, Villa Romana del Casale will most certainly rate five stars. The site contains world class mosaics in pristine condition and a view of the Roman Empire not easily found anywhere else. The sheer scale of the complex is amazing with over 4200 square yards of mosaics covering the indoor and parts of the outdoor complex. Each room offers a new experience, allowing the viewer to be pulled into the complex mosaics that convey not only an image, but a story played out throughout the villa. The villa is relatively inexpensive to

view with a couple Euros parking fee and a three Euros entry fee per person which is pro-rated for the construction. There are gift shops on site as well as a cafĂŠ and restaurant. Family Friendly: Villa Romana Del Casale gets a two star rating for family friendliness because of several factors. There is only one bathroom on the complex and it is a five minute walk from the villa. The only access to the villa itself is from a steep staircase which leads to a path that goes to the villa. Once at the villa several narrow stairs have to be climbed to get on the scaffolding which allows the mosaics to be seen from above. These stairs and scaffolds are neither wheel chair nor stroller friendly and could be very difficult if accompanied by young children. Due to the stairs and some gravel walking paths a good pair of walking shoes is recommended. Accessibility: Villa Romana Del Casale gets three stars for accessibility due to the complexity of the drive. The number one piece of advice is do not try to use a GPS to locate the site. Several individuals have reported similar frustrating experiences with Garmin and TomTom units with the newest maps and yet still became very lost while the GPS unit directed them in circles once they were within ten minutes of the villa. Also, the Garmin unit likes to suggest taking SS 288, which is extremely scenic and does offer a beautiful and winding trip through Sicily, but greatly increases the difficulty of the drive with many narrow roads, and tight winding hillside turns. The easiest way to arrive at the villa from NAS II or I is to get on


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Review Summary Site:

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Accessibility: (Above) The Room with Girls in Bikini is a cubicle located between the peristyle, the Corridor of the Great Hunt and the Hall of Orpheus and depicts young girls in sporting activities (Below)view of the Atrium located between the entrance arch, the latrine, the thermal baths and the tablinum leading to the centre of the villa. A19 towards Enna, drive 53 km to the "Mulinello" exit and follow the signs for Piazza Armerina which should lead to SP7A, SS192, then SP4 which turns into SS117bis intersecting in Piazza Armerina. If departing from Mineo housing, simply continue down SS417 towards Caltagirone and take SS117bis to Piazza Armerina. Once in Piazza Armerina follow the abundant signs to Villa Romana del Casale. Travel Time: The travel time rates 3 stars because it takes an hour and a half to two hours to arrive there from NAS II. The travel time for Mineo residents should be just under an hour and a half.

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These ratings are out of five stars, and are the opinion of the Signature staff and in no way constitute a professional travel review. If you have comments or questions on this review contact: thesig@eu.sicily.nav

(Right & Left)The central room of the Triclinium has a mosaic depicting men and animals related to the 12 Labours of Hercules and has 12 separate depictions across the room.

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Go Green Sigonella! Alternative Transportation Article courtesy Debbie Hallahan, The Signature Volunteer No matter your motivation, there are plenty of good reasons to look into alternative methods of transportation. One of these may be political, to reduce our nation’s dependency upon foreign oil. Economics may be another motivation, with new technologies emerging opportunities for economic growth may be opening up. So what are we to do? We in the Sigonella community have a good variety of options. First, take a look at your current vehicle. Is there anything you could do to reduce fuel consumption and mileage? Ensuring it is properly maintained and making sure the correct air pressure is in the tires will help. Adjusting your driving habits may be necessary as well, such as reducing the number of trips between bases. You may be weighing the options of buying a new car. Purchasing a brand new car has many environmental pros and cons. Manufacturing takes a lot of raw materials, energy for operating production lines and use of toxic chemicals. However, learning about not only the vehicle you are interested in, but the environmental efforts of the companies you will be supporting through a purchase, and the latest research on the technologies they use will lead you to make the best environmental choice. But your options don’t end with your very

own POV. Carpooling, as we all know, is a great way to save gas and emissions. Unfortunately, it can be an inconvenience and many of us do not like to depend upon others to get from point A to point B. Clear communication with your carpooling buddy is important, as well as having a back up plan. Share the load by taking turns driving or working out a method to share the cost of gas. You can also look at the concept of carpooling as an opportunity to spend time with friends, make new ones, or to network. The bus is a cost-free alternative to driving. Bus schedules are located at each stop, or you can pick up your own copy at the Fleet and Family Support Center. This is a vital asset to our community which could be used more frequently. Although not for everyone, riding a motorcycle, or even a scooter is a great fuel saving alternative. Not sold on the idea? By riding a bike, one could knock out both the transportation issue and a little extra PT in one shot. These options have limitations, for example you won’t be able to pack a week’s worth of groceries on the back of a bike, but for the daily commute they are great. Whichever method you choose, reducing fuel consumption is quickly becoming a necessity for many people, regardless of location. It is a good step in the right direction while we endure this transitional phase to alternative fuels.








Attention all good standing Catholic gentlemen! Come join the ranks of Sigonella's newest Knights of Columbus Chapter! We meet the first Sunday of every month at 1000 a.m. (after Catholic Mass) at the NAS I Chapel.You may also contact a fellow Knight after the Sunday Mass service in the NAS I Fellowship Hall, or Mineo community Building. (Pizza and soft drinks provided at the meetings!) For more information visit -

Do you have a passion for writing or are you looking for a little experience in journalism? Do you ever read the stories here and think you’d like to add to our growing archive of travel articles? Does your command have something special going on that you think deserves to be in the paper? If so, The Signature is looking for you! We are seeking volunteers to help cover base-wide events as well as feature stories. If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in please call the Public Affairs Office at 624-5440.


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. *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Crumb Cake. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Beef Barley Soup, Swedish meat balls, Buttered Pasta, Brown Gravy, Sprouts Superba, Fried Cabbage w/ Bacon, Snickerdoodle Cookies, Apple Crisp. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Fishwhich, El Rancho Stew, Rice Pilaf, O’Brien Potatoes, Peas w/ Celery, Okra Melange, Snickerdoodle Cookies, Apple Crisp. *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, Chicken Gumbo Soup, Chili Macaroni, Oriental Stir Fry, Lima Beans, Peach Cobbler, White Cake w/ Frosting. *Dinner: Manhattan Clam Chowder Soup, Teriyaki Chicken, Ginger Pot Roast, Paprika Buttered Potatoes, Pork Fried Rice, Carrots, Whole kernel Corn, Peach Cobbler, White Cake w/ Frosting. *Breakfast: Hot Grits, Minced Beef on Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterfly Rolls. *Lunch: Creole Soup, Turkey Curry, Baked Fish Fillet, Steamed Rice, Savory Style Beans, Cauliflower, Crisp Drop Cookies, Cherry Crumble Pie, Strawberry Gelatin. *Speed line: Assorted Pizza, RIKPAK. *Dinner: Tomato Bouillon Soup, Baked Stuffed Pork Chops, Grilled Chicken Breast, Steamed Rice, Brown Gravy, Green Beans Nicoise, Carrot Slices, Crisp Drop Cookies, Cherry Crumble Pie, Strawberry Gelatin, RIKPAK. *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Baked Sausage Patties, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Bran Muffins. *Lunch: Spanish Soup, Beef and Fish Tacos, Burritos, Chicken Fajita, Penne Arrabbiata, Mexican Rice, Refried Beans, Calico Corn, Herbed Broccoli, Jalapeno Cornbread, Raspberry Filled Cake, Pecan Pie. *Speed line: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Onion Rings, RIKPAK. *Dinner: Navy Bean Soup, Barbecued Beef Cubes, Roast Turkey, Steamed Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Gravy, Seasoned Asparagus, Honey Dijon Vegetables, Raspberry Filled Cake, Pecan Pie, RIKPAK. *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Danish Diamonds. *Lunch: NEY MEAL SPECIAL Cream of Asparagus Soup, Lasagna, Baked Fish w/cherry tomato sauce, Oven Brown Potatoes, Steamed Rice, Corn on the Cob, club spinach, Cheese cakes, Chocolate Cookies. *Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans, RIKPAK. *Dinner: Beef Barley Soup, Chicken Curry, Veal Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Savory Squash, Steamed Broccoli, Vanilla Cookies, Strawberry Shortcake, Tapioca Pudding, RIKPAK *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Danish Diamonds. *Lunch: Corn Chowder Soup, Pineapple Chicken, Beef Sauerbraten, Farfalle Alfredo, Orange Rice, Mash Potatoes, Peas w/Mushrooms, Summer Squash, Devils Food Cake, Chewy Nut Bar. *Speed line: Assorted Pizza, *Dinner: Cream of Asparagus Soup, Chicken Tetrazzini, Baked Italian Sausage, Ratatouille Eggplant, Lyonnaise Rice, Mustard Greens, Easy Chocolate, Crisp Drop Cookies, RIKPAK. *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Apple Fritters. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Lemon Baked Fish, Grilled Pork Chops w/ Mushroom Gravy, Steamed Rice, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus, Creole Green Beans, Sugar Cookies, Cheese Cake, Vanilla Cream Pudding. Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans, RIKPAK. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Italian Rice and Beef, Teriyaki Chicken, Oven Browned Potatoes, Spinach, Oriental Stir Fry, Sugar Cookies, Cheesecake, Vanilla Cream Pudding, RIKPAK.


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On the Go with MWR

Two Comedians to Jox Pub Armed Forces Entertainment brings comedians, Tommy Davidson and Rob Maher, to Jox Pub on NAS II, at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1. Tommy Davidson first became a household name during his time on the irreverent Fox Television show In Living Color, which ran from 1990 until 1993. While Davidson performed in a wide range of skits, his specialty was wicked impersonations of famous African American personalities, including Michael Jackson, M.C. Hammer, Spike Lee,

Sugar Ray Leonard, and Stevie Wonder. After the show went off the air, Davidson searched for a suitable venue to showcase his talents. He appeared on several television specials and in Hollywood comedies, including Booty Call (1997) and Woo (1998). While these films received mixed reviews, critics often pointed out that the scripts were at fault, rather than the performances. The Atlanta Constitution's Sonia Murray gave a typical assessment: in reviewing Booty Call, she described

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule & Descriptions

Davidson as "likable and obviously talented," but noted that "it's not enough to salvage this disastrous date movie." Rob Maher started his comedy career in Washington DC. He quickly became the greatest comedian of all time. It wasn’t long before his humor was curing cancer and feeding the homeless. Rob’s act is the perfect marriage of sex and love. It’s hot, unadulterated and intense yet sensitive, caring and unconditional. Rob’s stage presence alone will get him into heaven. He loves animals. Rob Maher’s comedy is a good

book, a glass of single malt scotch, a comfortable pillow, a Jimi Hendrix solo, a pay per view prison riot and the sun setting over the ocean. It’s everything you ever wanted or needed. So go see Rob Maher. Pay lots of money to see Rob Maher. You earned it. You deserve it. Do the right thing. He’s Rob Maher and you’re welcome. For more information on the two comedians visit For information on the show at Jox Pub call 624-0506.

Sell Old Treasures or Find New Ones

THE EXPENDABLES- Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke

Friday, August 27 5:00pm Despicable Me PG 5:30pm Grown Ups PG-13 7:30pm Predators R PREMIERE 8:00pm The Expendables R Saturday, August 28 2:00pm Toy Story 3 G 2:30pm The Last Airbender PG 5:00pm Despicable Me PG 5:30pm Eat Pray Love PG-13 7:30pm The Expendables R 8:00pm Predators R Sunday, August 29 2:00pm Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty PG 2:30pm Despicable Me PG 4:30pm Grown Ups PG-13 5:00pm Eat Pray Love PG-13 6:30pm Predators R Tuesday, August 31 5:00pm The Last Airbender PG 5:30pm Toy Story 3 G 7:30pm Eat Pray Love PG-13 8:00pm The Expendables R Wednesday, September 1 5:00pm Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty PG 5:30pm Twilight Saga: Eclipse PG13 7:30pm Grown Ups PG-13 8:00pm Predators R Thursday, September 2 5:00pm Eat Pray Love PG-13 5:30pm Dispicable Me PG 7:30pm Predators R 8:00pm The Expendables Friday, September 3 5:00pm Despicable Me PG 5:30pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG 7:30pm Inception PG-13 8:00pm Predators R

A group of mercenaries is hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge -- one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers. Barney Ross is a man with nothing to lose. Fearless and void of emotion, he is the leader, the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe. His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors. His is a true cynic who describes what he does as “removing those hard to get at stains.” The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas, former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang, a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar, who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road, a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen, a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons. When the mysterious Church offers Barney a job no one else would take, Barney and his team embark on what appears to be a routine mission: overthrow General Gaza, the murderous dictator of the small island country of Vilena and end the years of death and destruction inflicted on its people. On a reconnaissance mission to Vilena, Barney and Christmas meet their contact Sandra, a local freedomfighter with a dark secret. They also come to learn who their true enemy is: rogue ex-CIA operative James Monroe and his henchman Paine. When things go terribly wrong, Barney and Christmas are forced to leave Sandra behind, essentially giving her a death sentence. Haunted by this failure, Barney convinces the team to return to Vilena to rescue the hostage and finish the job he started. And to perhaps save a soul: his own. (103 min.) INCEPTION- Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joesph Gordon Levitt Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible -- inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. (148 min.) DESPICABLE ME- Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon, yes, the moon. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at himand see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. (95 min.)

Schedule is subject to change, please call to confirm movie showings. Movie Hotline:


For more information on MWR’s

programs and services, call 624-3968.

It’s that time again: spring cleaning! Bring your cleared-out items to the Community Flea Market. Bring your oldies, goodies, and crafts. Whether selling treasures or looking for some gems, this event is sure to please.A fee reserves a spot and includes a table and two chairs. Register at the Fit District front desk Monday through Friday from 8 am - 4:30 pm. Sale is Saturday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info call 624-4941.

Boating Along the Ionian Coast

Float along the coast of Sicily on Thursday, August 26. Spend a few hours boating, and exploring the coast between Acitrezza and Acrireale. Admire volcanic caves, rocky beaches, and places made famous in Greek Mythology. Snorkel or discovery dive available. Pasta and water are included in this tour. A minimum of ten patrons are required for this trip. For more information and details call 624-4777.

Lifegaurding Get certified and earn $$$ this winter season! Class is Sept. 13 -23 M-TH for two weeks. Sign up at Splashers Pool on NAS I Monday - Friday. For info call x4334.

Body Building and Figure Competition &

1000 lb

Club Competition October 16th, Noon at the MWR Theater Sign up now!

Have you ever wanted to do a bodybuilding, fitness or figure competition? MWR Fitness Center will be hosting our 2nd Annual Show on October 16th! For more information on how to train, diet and pose call 727-2565. In addition, we will also hold the 1,000lb Club Lifting Competition. This will consist of three lifts: bench press, squat and dead lift. Start your training TODAY! For more information please call the front desk at 727-2565 or talk to our fitness specialists.

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Medusa Fire, continued from page 7 rush to get out of the building. Creating a buddy system for students in the classroom can help prevent anyone getting left behind in the event of a fire. Explain to students how important it is that everyone in the classroom gets out of the

school as quickly as possible in the event of a fire and why it is important to help each other get out of the building. Taking a field trip to a fire station can offer students valuable insight about the way fire works and how to protect themselves and others in the event of a fire at home or at school. Firefighters often allow

students to see what they look like when dressed in full fire protection gear. Children are often afraid of firefighters dressed in protective gear and sometimes shy away from the professional who is trying to help. Feel free to stop by the fire department and get more acquainted with what the fire fighters can do to help you and your community.

Steve, continued from page 2 versing with him. It reminded me of the richness of my life. I am absolutely from Sigonella. So what if is for less than three years. I am an American and I serve in the United States Navy. Yes, our block parties and gatherings might be a bit modest by Abdullah’s standards, but we

know there is a reason for our particular service. As for the fellowship of faith that I enjoy, it lacks nothing – absolutely nothing! I am a direct descendant of the firstborn among many brothers, the firstborn over all creation, the firstborn from among the dead. The fact that my fellowship is from every tribe and language and people and

nation – well, I think that speaks volumes about who God is and the value of all persons. Now if we can just learn that one other lesson: when environmental factors becomes so toxic that the normal business of life can no longer be conducted productively, will we seek an adequate and protective refuge so that we might carry on?


your pets tremendously. You’ll be rewarded with many years of loyal, loving companionship! For more information concerning summer-proofing your pets or other pet health issues, contact the Sigonella Veterinary Treatment Facility at 624-4258, Monday-Friday 0800-1600.

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can cause severe injury or death to pets through venomous bites and stings. 6. Summer time is also the high season for ticks, fleas, sand flies, and mosquitoes. Protect your pets from these pests by using appropriate repellents or yard sprays. Remember, these pests not only bite, they transmit diseases that can be extremely harmful to your pet’s health. In Sicily, leishmania is of particular concern. Ensure your pet is wearing a Scalibor collar or using Advantix to repel sand flies, which are the carriers of

7. If your family goes on vacation without your pet, plan ahead to ensure your pet will be properly cared for during your absence. Ensure whomever you arrange to care for your pet is dependable and knows who to contact in case of an emergency. You must have a power of attorney giving permission for your pet’s care taker to act in your behalf should your pet require medical attention. Contact the legal office for more information. Putting the above suggestions into practice will take only a little bit of time and benefit


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BRAIN TEASERS Soduku Rules Tired of always seeing Soduko. Submit your favorite games that you would like to see to the Signature Staff at

or call us at 624 5440.




Every row must contain the num-

Every column must also contain the numbers 1- 9.

A region is a 3x3 with 9 regions in a traditional Sudoku

bers 1,-9. There may not be any

Again, there may not be any duplicate numbers in

puzzle.Every region must also contain the numbers 1-9.

duplicate numbers in any row.

any column. Each column will be unique as a result.

Duplicate numbers are not permitted in any region.


2 9 2 2

4 8


3 6 7


9 6 4

8 6 2

4 9 9

9 5 2 4 2


8 4 1

5 8


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Il Mercato All classified ads are free to the community. Their intent is for advertising personal property for sale, trade or giveaway. No commercial ads will be accepted. Ads run for two weeks. Classified ads are due no later than 5 p.m. of the Friday before the week of publication. For more information, call 624-5440 or 095-86-5440. Requests for commercial classifieds must be made to Stampa Generale at 081-568-7884.Send Il Mercato advertisements to AUTOMOBILES

Nissan Micra 1998 193,000km Spec: A/C, manual transmission, Red, Euro spec Price $1500 POC: Jon (335-193-8850 Cell) or (x2775 Work) Cell phone is preferred. 1999 Audi, silver, wagon. A4Turbo. 70,000 Km. Great A/C, manual transmission, power windows. Asking $4,000 OBO. Call Louise at cell: 340-672-8173 or work: 6243999. 2000 Fiat Punto 16v ELX, AC, 60K miles, metallic gray, excellent condition, recent tune-up (new belts, brake shoes, oil change), available immediately for $3,500. 624-1491.

1996 Alfa Romeo GTV "Spider" Red Convertible- 5 spd-LeatherA/C-External 5 Disc player with AM/FM/CD with detachableface plate. Great Gas mileage-Excellent Condition $5200 095-861493/4900


1999 Alfa Romeo 166 Twin Turbo Mileage 199,000km Spec: A/C, manual transmission, Silver, Euro spec 5. Price $3500 (OBO) 6. POC: Kim (331-683-3051 Cell) or (x6453 Work) Cell phone is preferred.

Honda Civic 1995 DX Engine 1493cc SOHC 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. Asking $600 OBO. Contact: Jeff W)624x2522/(C)348-998-7841

1998 VW Passat TDI 110-hp Black A/C and Engine are perfect. Selling for $3900 Euro, O.B.O. Phone Number to contact is 333-3664737 1993 ALFA ROMEO 33, WHITE, 4-DR, 5-SPEED, FRONT POWER WINDOWS, BACK MANUAL


Epiphone SG electric guitar in Excel. Condition. $ 250.00 Jackson Performer electric guitar in Exce. Condition. $ 250.00 Dean V style electric guitar almost brand new. $ 300.00 Contact: 624-1350 or Cell 348-727-4096

-German Espresso machine, 220 volt, Severin KA5952, $20 -Nice Television Hutch with glass shelves, glass doors, component shelving, 2 dvd racks. Light oak color. In great shape. Fits up to a " TV. Purchased at NEX for $350. Asking $190. Email for photos. -The 21 inch Hitachi tv is a CRT, color, full multi system, multi-voltage $75 -The 27 inch Hitachi tv is a CRT, color, full multi-system, multi-voltage. $90 - Samsung DVD/ CD/ MP3 player $50 .-Small Rolling TV stands $10 each. -Small electric heaters. 220 volt. Perfect for bathroom. $20 each -Small crock pot, 220 volt. $10. -2 wrought iron pie stands that hold 3 pies each. $5 each. -Black floor lamps, 220 volt, halogen, brand new. $30 each

-TIM Chip for sale. You get a great plan without the hassle of the contract because I have one year left on it! It has 200 minutes per month to all phones in Italy for 26 euro per month.Please contact Lisa at

Anyone interested in sending ads via email should leave a phone number and point of contact name at Ads run for two weeks on a space available basis and must be sponsored by active duty military members, family members or Italian/American base employees. Ad must be 40 words or less and typed in regular upper case, lower case format. The Signature does not accept ads that bring profit to a business or individual, such as maid, babysitting services or home rentals. AFRTS/AFN decoders must be sold only to another authorized individual: active duty or retired U.S. military, DoD direct-hire employees, and their spouse. If someone would like these types of services in The Signature, call Stampa Generale @ 081-568-7884.




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