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Vol. 28 No. 22

JuNe 3, 2011

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Battle of Midway Commemoration “By the evening of June 7, 1942, the tide of the war in the Pacific had shied. e Battle of Midway underscored the remarkable teamwork of naval forces and highlighted in particular the value of naval aviation in projecting power from the sea. is incredible victory shied the paradigm of naval warfare, and it continues to inspire us today.” -Vice Adm. Al Myers, commander, Naval Air Forces / Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet From CHINFO’s Rhumb Lines

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives Collection Scene on board USS Yorktown (CV-5), shortly after she was hit by three Japanese bombs on 4 June 1942. Dense smoke is from fires in her uptakes, caused by a bomb that punctured them and knocked out her boilers. Taken by Photographer 2rd Class William G. Roy from the starboard side of the flight deck, just in front of the forward 5"/38 gun gallery. Man with hammer at right is probably covering a bomb entry hole in the forward elevator. Note arresting gear cables and forward palisade elements on the flight deck; CXAM radar antenna, large national ensign and YE homing beacon antenna atop the foremast; 5"/38, .50 caliber and 1.1" guns manned and ready at left.

Regarded as the turning point in the Pacific during World War II, U.S. Navy carrier strike forces, augmented by shore-based bombers and torpedo planes, decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese navy carrier task force during the Battle of Midway, June 4-7, 1942. These actions prevented Japanese forces from capturing Midway Island and marked the dawn of the U.S. Navy’s global prominence and the coming of age of carrier aviation. Midway’s Place in History • America needed to win – just six months after the attack at Pearl Harbor, Midway stood between the enemy and Hawaii, home of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Japanese were poised to press their advantage, intent on destroying the Pacific Fleet and threatening the West Coast of the United States. • Midway was a dramatic victory facing Japan’s 11 battleships and four carriers, the U.S. Navy fought with no MIDWAY, continued on page 12

Detailer visits NAS Sigonella

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives Collection. Aerial photograph, looking just south of west across the southern side of the atoll, 24 November 1941. Eastern Island, then the site of Midway's airfield, is in the foreground. Sand Island, location of most other base facilities, is across the entrance channel.

Congratulations to Sigonella’s newest petty officers

By MCSN Cameron Bramham

Navy detailers assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South located in Millington, Tenn. visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella May 22-27, to visit with Sailors in order to address concerns they had about changes to naval policies, the detailing process and moving forward in their Navy careers. The three detailers, Master Chief Quartermaster Andy Millar, Master Chief Master-at-Arms Nancy Brewton and Master Chief Navy Counselor DETAILER, continued on page 12


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June 3 H: 78 uPdate L: 62 The next time you ask your friends how they are doing; you might consider asking them how they are sleeping, too. How someone is sleeping could be considered a vital indicator of general wellness. Learn tips for getting a better night’s sleep in this week’s Health Watch column. PAGE 2


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Detailer and Master Chief Navy Counselor Steve Cullen addresses NAS Sigonella Sailors questions and concerns about how detailers make decisions on where Sailors get chosen to go to after leaving their duty stations. Cullen was one of three detailers from Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South in Millington, Tenn. visiting NAS Sigonella to meet and greet Sailors personally.

June 4 H: 79 L: 61

June 5 H: 78 L: 66

June 6 H: 85 L: 64

SECNAV Ray Mabus announced the next Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named the USS John F. Kennedy. It honors the 35th President of the United States and pays tribute to his service in the Navy, in the government, and to the nation.

The enchanting Cinderella Ballet will debut June 7 at the Bellini Opera in Catania. The show, which runs through June 12, features Les Ballets de MonteCarlo, one of the best contemporar y-ballet companies in the world.



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Community Calendar 4

June 7 H: 85 L: 62

June 8 H:87 L: 61

If you’re looking to get away for the weekend, check out Cefalu. With its great beaches and typical Sicilian scene, it’s a great place to relax and catch a few rays.

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June 9 H: 87 L: 69 What’s going on with MWR this weekend? Check out MWR’s On the Go and come out and enjoy!

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Midtown Movie theaterS Schedule & deScriptionS

THE HANGOVER 2- Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong

Friday, June 3 5:00pm Pirates: On Stranger Tides PG-13 8:00pm The Hangover 2 R PREMIERE

Saturday, June 4 2:00pm Kung Fu Panda 2 PG PREMIERE 4:30pm Pirates: On Stranger Tides PG-13 8:00pm The Hangover 2 R

Sunday, June 5 2:00pm Kung Fu Panda 2 PG 4:30pm Arthur PG-13 PREMIERE 7:00pm Your Highness R PREMIERE

Tuesday, June 7 5:00pm Pirates: On Stranger Tides PG-13 8:00pm The Hangover 2 R

Wednesday, June 8 5:00pm Kung Fu Panda 2 PG 7:30pm Your Highness R

Thursday, June 9 5:00pm Arthur PG-13 7:30pm The Hangover 2 R Friday, June 10 5:00pm Pirates: On Stranger Tides PG-13 8:00pm Scream 4 R PREMIERE

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

***THIS MOVIE IS VERY GRAPHIC IN NATURE! STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT, GRAPHIC NUDITY, FULL FRONTAL MALE & FEMALE! Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined. (102 min.)

KUNG FU PANDA 2- Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. (91 min.) ARTHUR- Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Great Gerwig, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Garner

Irresponsible charmer Arthur Bach has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of lifelong nanny Hobson to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge -- choosing between an arranged marriage that will ensure his lavish lifestyle or an uncertain future with the one thing money can't buy, Naomi, the only woman he has ever loved. With Naomi's inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and finally learn what it means to become a man. (110 min.) YOUR HIGHNESS- Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanle, Justin Theroux

Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Thadeous has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he's settled for a life of wizard's weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna, gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar, the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess. Joined by Isabel--an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own--the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna. If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land. (102 min.)


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