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SIGONELLA, SICILY

May 17, 2013

Vol. 30. No. 19

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Patrol Squadron FOUR Maintainers keep their P-3s flying

SIGONELLA, Sicily (Jan. 15, 2013) - Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd class, Jared Billie , attached to Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4), signals to the operator of engine installation and removal vehicle where to place the engine after removal during Integrated Maintenance Concept inspection . VP-4 is currently forward deployed to Naval Air Station Sigonella. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSA Devin Menhardt/Released)

by lcdr jon vanecko Patrol Squadron FOUR

Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) completed its sixth Integrated Maintenance Concept (IMC) inspection this week, sending another P-3C Orion back into fleet service after 10 days of rigorous maintenance. “I’ve been really impressed with the Sailors in VP-4," said AEC Jason Hauser, leading chief petty officer for IMC inspections. "They have set the standard for IMC turnaround time in the fleet, especially given the all encompassing nature of the IMC inspection process, which involves each and every maintenance shop in VP-4." Sailors conducting IMC inspections focus on four core areas. Phased maintenance is

conducted on high time equipment such as the oxygen system, advanced life saving systems (ALSS) gear, and the ordnance system. Sailors also conduct scheduled inspections on the aircraft’s four engines and propellers, ensuring these components remain within manufacturer tolerances. Additionally, since a P-3 aircraft operates at low altitudes in a maritime environment, corrosion inspection, correction, and prevention is another core focus area during the IMC. Finally, material condition issues are noted and corrected during the inspection. This is when newly accepted VP-4 aircraft are given the world famous Skinny Dragon logo on their tail cap,

and previously painted aircraft receive touch ups to their iconic logo. Although the P-3 is not the newest aircraft in the fleet, the hard work and dedication of Sailors working in the maintenance department continues to allow VP-4 to live up to its reputation as “Hawaii’s Best” maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron. “The squadrons astounding 98% mission completion rate is a direct result of their hard work” said VP-4 Maintenance Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jamy Brassfield. “Each and every day these men and women leave me utterly impressed by the job they do. Great job Skinny Dragon team!”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”. - Thomas Jefferson

Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd class, Blaz Kenyon , attached to Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4), removes panels from VP-4's Orion aircraft's engine during an Integrated Maintenance Concept inspection. VP-4 is currently forward deployed to Naval Air Station Sigonella. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSA Devin Menhardt/ Released)

Around Sigonella

Sigonella farewells a legend

Sigonella Superstar

Find out what is happening around NAS Sigonella.

A look back ... NASSIG Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Butler.

Meet the Superstar!

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THE SIGNATURE U.S. NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Butler Executive Officer Cmdr. Eric Vosler Command Master Chief CMDCM David Graham

EDITORIAL Public Affairs Officer Lt. Tim Page

timothy.page@eu.navy.mil Communtiy Relations Officer Dott. Alberto Lunetta alberto.lunetta.it@eu.navy.mil Editor Jackie Trembath jackie.trembath@eu.navy.mil Staff Writers/Photographers MR1 Gary Spence gary.spence@eu.navy.mil MC3 Cameron Bramham cameron.bramham@eu.navy.mil CONTACT US Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily thesig@eu.navy.mil DSN 624-5440; 095-86-5440 PSC 812 Box 3020, FPO, AE 09627 PUBLISHER Stampa Generale S.r.l., Sig. Bruno Brandi, Publisher, Naval Support Activity Capodichino (Naples), Italy stampagenerale@tin.it Tel. 081-568-7884 Fax 081-568-7887

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Direct Line NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Butler Seriously, who would have guessed that the base I took command of in June 2010 – a base that was host to a single P-3 Orion and was near the top of everyone’s list for potential closure – would become such a vibrant and strategicallyimportant base just 3 years later? Well, maybe I would have…but that’s because I’ve had the honor of serving alongside so many great people here and have had the opportunity to observe the incredible things that you’ve been able to accomplish. This is the last chance I’ll have to submit a column for The Signature, so even though there are questions that I’d like to answer, I’d prefer to use the space in a more personal way. If nothing else, this will help ensure that my remarks at the Change of Command ceremony (May 23 at 10 a.m. in the NAS I gym) will be brief. Over the past three years this base has, once again, been recognized as one of our Nation’s most critical installations. After a decade in which the number of US forces stationed here dramatically declined, Operations ODYSSEY DAWN and UNIFIED PROTECTOR served as a clear indicator not only of the logistical and operational capacity of this base, but of the dedication to mission achievement by the personnel assigned here. The thousands of deployed forces, representing eight nations, reminded both US and international leadership that Sigonella matters…and that Sigonellans can be relied upon to get the mission – any mission – done! You should be extremely proud of the reputation that this base now enjoys throughout the world – you, and those that have served here over the past few years, have earned it!

There have, of course, been challenges: concerns about bromates in the drinking water; fuel strikes; crashed F-16s; volcanic eruptions that close the airfield; or even the ongoing protests against MUOS at NRTF Niscemi. But we’ve overcome those challenges together… and those issues are overshadowed by many different, incredible experiences: seeing my daughters compete at swim champs with the Swordfish or my wife in a performance of Phantom at Knight’s Hall; watching Appaloosa Victor leading hundreds of Sicilians in a line dance under a beautiful harvest moon; enjoying the Festival of San Alfio in Lentini or San Agata in Catania; scuba diving near Taormina or playing in the snow atop Mount Etna. These are just a few of the memories I have here…and I’m sure that they are similar to those that many of you have, too. I want to especially thank my Executive Officer, Cmdr. Eric Vosler, and my Command Master Chief, CMDCM Dave Graham. In nearly 25years of service, I’ve never encountered two such phenomenal leaders. They define grace under pressure, making their jobs look easy while remaining completely devoted to the personnel under their charge. I am grateful beyond words for their advice, their mentorship and their friendship. I’d like to welcome my relief, Capt. Chris Dennis, who recently arrived with his wife, Sharyn, and one of their three children, Graham, from the Navy War College in Newport, RI. Their other kids, Nathan and Lauren, are a little older and will hopefully join them – at least for a visit – this summer. They are a great family, are excited to be here,

and will, I know, ensure that this base, and its people, are well cared for during their tour. Please join me in providing them a warm welcome as they start the process of meeting everyone here! Thanks again to all of you – American and Italian alike – for ensuring that Martina, Ellie, Katie and I had a chance to enjoy every moment of being here in Sigonella. We have been truly blessed to be part of this special community and we wish you the best in all things as we move on to our next adventure in the Bavarian Alps! Thanks, Sigonella, for what you continue to do, every day!

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NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES ROMAN CATHOLIC

OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES

■ 8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) ■ 11:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) Sacraments of Reconciliation/Penance precede each Mass

LATTER-DAY SAINTS

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CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE

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Sunday at 3 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) Contact: sigonellalds@gmail.com or 624-9049

■ 6:30 p.m. Contemporary Worship Services

Noon Bible Study (NAS 1) 12:30 p.m. Worship Service Contact Virgil Strobridge at 624-4779 or Reginald McNeil at 335-578-8519

■ 10 a.m. Traditional Worship

■ AA Meetings: Monday, NAS I at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, NAS II at 11:30 a.m. Contact: 346-840-7745

NAS I Chapel

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What’s Happening Around NAS Sigonella

Students from Maria Puglisi's ballet classes performed a special recital for family and friends at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella in Knight's Hall on NAS I, May 8. (Photo by Jackie Trembath)

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Sigonellans enjoy ballet recital

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Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049, DSN: 624-3975, CHAPLAIN DUTY: 335-831-4493 RP DUTY: 335-786-1950

Mark your calendars: Relay For Life May 18

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Sailors living in the NAS II barracks enjoyed the Liberty hosted event, Barrack’s Bash, May 9. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released)

Single Sailors celebrate with Barrack's Bash by mc3 cameron bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Sailors living in the NAS II barracks were offered free food and a chance to join in games during the Liberty hosted event, Barrack’s Bash, May 9. Liberty Program Manager, Christy Eschenbacher said the event was an opportunity to provide morale boosting opportunities for the single Sailors. “It’s a fun way for them to get out,” Eschenbacher said. “Meet new people, mingle and just have some fun that doesn’t have to include alcohol.” NAS Sigonella Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions members were also present at the Barrack’s Bash which included a free barbeque, games and prizes. Liberty will also host a similar event for the NAS I barracks, June 13.

The Sigonella Relay For Life will be held on the DoDDS middle/high school track on May 18. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest event, where teams rotate their members in shifts to walk constantly around the track for a 24-hour period, representing a day in the life, and symbolically walking in the shoes, of a cancer patient. The 24-hour event will kick-off at 10 a.m. with a celebration of the accomplishments and progress of cancer survivors in the Sigonella community. Luminaria's (above) will be lit during the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones lost to cancer. (U.S. Navy photo by MR1 Gary Spence/Released)

Attend the celebratation of AsianPacific American Heritage Month: May 19 Please join Fil-Am and the Diversity Committee in the celebration of AsianPacific American Heritage Month by attending a special event on May 19 at Knight's Hall beginning at 2 p.m. The theme of this year's event: Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion.

Sigonellans enjoy special comedy show Comedian Don Barnhart (center) performed along with fellow comedians Jeff Capri, Keith Lyle and Slade Ham as part of the Don Barnhart's All-Star Comedy Show held in the Compass Room as NAS I, Thursday, May 9. The tour brings comedy to troops located all over the globe. (Photo courtesty of MWR)


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C O M M UNI T Y C A LEND A R

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Texas Hold'em

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Library 10 a.m.

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Texas Hold'em

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Jox Pub 6 p.m.

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IMPORTANT EXTENSIONS:

Liberty/Connections/Take 5: x4246, x5602 Outdoor Rec: x4777, x4396 Fitness: x4483, x5243 Midtown 2 Theaters: x4248 FFSC: x4291 American Red Cross: x4900

Does your command or organization have an event you’d like to see on the Community Calendar? Email us at thesig@eu.navy.mil and let us know!

Need an appointment at the hospital? Call DSN 624-CARE (2273) or commercial 095-56-2273, M-F: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. For non-emergent medical questions that arise over the weekend, holidays, or after office hours, please call 335-578-8077 if you are normally seen at the hospital or 335-578-8150 if you are normally seen at the Flight Line Clinic.

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Moving this summer? Start planning now, be flexible! By Domenico Messina NAVSUP FLC - Sigonella

May through September are very busy months for the moving industry and Department of Defense personnel. During the busiest moving period, government moving service providers are stretched to capacity and often times are forced to perform services with limited packing crews, trucks in short supply, and full storage facilities loaded to capacity. However, each person can manage unforeseen changes in their move plans by being informed, planning ahead, and remaining flexible. Before You Move: Moving is stressful enough, but knowing what to expect during the move can calm anxieties. Before you make your move application plans or contact the local PPSO, please go to www.move.mil, for updated information, customer information videos and articles, regarding shipping entitlements, claims, privately owned vehicles and much more. If you are married, encourage your spouse to participate in premove or self counseling process. After all, in most instances the spouse at home will be the one there when the movers show up. Together, the sponsor and spouse are more likely to communicate all their moving needs. If one of you, spouse or sponsor, is not available to supervise the move, then the remaining party will be prepared to supervise the move in the event of an absence of a spouse or sponsor. Members and their spouses should know all moving documents they must receive, review, sign, and why these documents are important for a successful move. Both spouse and sponsor should know what actions to take in case of difficulty during a move and know their personal responsibilities in releasing and accepting shipments to the moving company. Moving weight allowances are determined by the member’s grade in accordance with applicable Joint Travel Regulation Volume 1 or Joint Federal Travel Regulation Volume 2, Service Regulations and policy guidance.

Ultimately, members are responsible for keeping personal property limits within their weight allowances. To avoid excess costs, take the time early in advance of the move date to estimate your shipment weight. You will then have sufficient time to dispose of personal things you no longer use to reduce your potential excess costs. If you decide to keep all your goods and possibly ship above your weight allowance, you need to budget to pay the excess cost, which can be quite substantive in most cases. To estimate the weight of household goods, start with the net weights of all shipments of your last move. Normally your shipment documents from your previous move will indicate the total weight shipped to your current duty station. Be sure to include all shipments at government expense still in storage, if applicable, as well as weights for any personally procured moves. Add weights for all household items you acquired since you last moved, such as furniture, hobby equipment, tools, books, collectables and electronics. Many Service members are familiar with the “1,000-poundsper-room” estimate. Unfortunately, families often forget to include rooms such as storage sheds, large closets, yards, garages, carports, basements, and other hidden areas. That’s why it’s best to start your estimate with all weights from your last move, and then adjust for what you recently acquired. Remember, an estimate is simply that a “best guess” estimate of what you intend on shipping. It’s not an official weight. Another way to control your shipment weight is to estimate weight for the member’s professional gear, or “pro-gear”, if any. Pro-gear is any “article of Household Goods in a member’s possession needed for the performance of official duties at the next or later destination.” Some examples of professional books, papers and equipment (PBP&E) are: reference materials; equipment peculiar to tech-

nicians; mechanics; specialized clothing such as diving suits, astronaut' suits, flying suits and helmets, band uniforms, chaplains' vestments, and other specialized apparel not normal or usual uniform or clothing in the member’s possession needed for the performance of official duties. The weight of pro gear is not counted against member’s weight allowance but to be validated, the sponsor must: 1). Declare pro gear at counseling; 2). Separate pro gear during packing by the movers, and 3). Ensure movers weigh pro gear separately and mark boxes as “pro gear” on the inventory before signing shipping documents. Types of items considered pro gear are reference material; specialized instruments; specialized tools; clothing; and official awards. Pro gear does not include sports equipment or office, household, or shop furniture and fixtures such as desks, cabinets, and racks. Making Your Move Application: Contact your local personal property staff or “self-counsel” with Defense Personal Property System (DPS). If you plan to move soon and have your official Permanent Change of Station orders, don’t wait, get started now. DPS online is available 24/7 for you to initiate your moving application. Just go to the DPS website at ( http://www.move. mil/home.htm ). A user identification and password is required for self-counseling access. DPS has been extremely innovative in that it allows member to manage their move from origin pickup to destination delivery. Additional features of DPS are online claims functionality, shipment tracking and Customer Satisfaction Surveys (CSS). Of course traditional appointments can still be coordinated with your local Personal Property Shipping Office. If you’re ready, “It’s your Move.” Contact the local personal property office at e-mail: ppsosigonella@eu.navy.mil or phone DSN: 624-4123 / 4164 / 4179 / 4162 for additional information.


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JUST SAY Pra ctice

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your Italia n!

Learn how to say these words in Italian!

English: to buy Italian: comprare

English: to drive Italian: guidare

English: to go Italian: andare

English: to push Italian: spingere

English: to clean Italian: pulire

English: to pull Italian: tirare

Verbs (infinitive form)

After decades of being banned from entering the United States, salumi, the umbrella term for Italian cured meats, from several areas of Northern Italy can be imported starting May 28. (www.northjersey.com/ Photo by www.lagazzettacommerciale.com)

Ban on some Italian cured Meat ends by Glenn Collins New York Times

The United States Department of Agriculture will relax a decades-long ban on the importation of many cured-pork products from some regions of Italy starting May 28, greatly increasing the number and variety of salumi in markets and restaurants here. The department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services has recently announced that an in-country assessment had determined that four regions and two provinces in Northern Italy are free of swine vesicular disease, a dangerous communicable ailment that infects pigs, and that "the importation of pork or pork products from these areas presents a low risk." Some pork importers and producers, in this country and in Italy, celebrated the changes, saying they would allow more Italian cured-pork products to make their way to American tables. But others were unable to judge the ultimate impact of the ruling because the Inspection Services did not specify what standards would now have to be met by Italian producers, nor the expense of meeting them. Despite repeated requests, the agency did not immediately provide more details about its decision. "Once this rule is in effect, imports will be approved," said Lyndsay Cole, a spokeswoman for the Inspection Services, referring to the May 28 date, "but some individual shipments may need to be certified in the future." Presently, only about half of Italy's wide variety of cold cuts are approved for import into the United States, according to Italy's Association of Meat and Cold Cuts Producers. "Up until now, we could only export seasoned ham, for example, like Parma and San Daniele, and cooked ham or mortadella," said Davide Calderone, the association's director. "We will soon be able to export pancetta, salami, coppa - potentially all the Italian cold cuts with no exception," he added, estimating that this could mean an increase of $9 million to $13 million a year in Italian cold cuts exported to the United States, now put at $90 million. According to Friday's ruling, the areas where the salami ban will be relaxed include the regions of Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Piemonte, and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano, all in the north. Mr. Calderone said that those regions include some of the country's most productive slaughterhouses, which will now be able to gain United States certification. "Americans will finally enjoy 'antipasto all'Italiana' at its fullest extent," he said. But American cold-cuts producers were skeptical, saying that although the Agriculture Department

announced a reduction in the threat of swine vesicular disease, "Italian producers will still have to meet U.S.D.A. guidelines for listeria, salmonella and E. coli," said Marc Buzzio, the president of Salumeria Biellese, a New Jersey producer of artisanal salamis and charcuterie products. "Only certain processing plants in Italy meet the U.S.D.A. guidelines, and those are associated with the larger producers." He added: "Now, more cold cuts will be coming in, but the question is, will it be a better product than that of artisanal producers in the United States?" Since the ban, believed to have been in effect at least since the 1970s after a series of European livestock diseases, Mr. Buzzio estimated that certification for Italian producers cost as much as $100,000, a price beyond many artisanal producers, he said. If indeed artisanal salami is approved for importation, "it could open up a new world of Italian salami to the United States," said Joseph Bastianich, an owner of the Eataly grocery stores in the United States. "Americans have been eating bad salami forever, but now the end is near." George Faison, a partner at DeBragga and Spitler, a New Jersey-based meat and poultry retailer, acknowledged that the Italian regions specified by the Agriculture Department produce some of the best salami in the world, but he said that the American importation standards "will determine the quality of what comes over from Italy." A future increase in Italian imports, he added, "won't harm United States artisanal producers, because it will show Americans just how good the quality of their own producers has become." Other reaction was more cautious. "As an American, I welcome it with open arms," said Pat LaFrieda, an owner of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors in New Jersey, "as long as the Italians import just as many American products." There are restrictions on exporting American beef and other meats to Italy. If the government has indeed rescinded restrictions on the sale of imported Italian artisanal salami, it would also change a way of life for many delicacy-loving tourists and ItalianAmericans, who have smuggled in Italian salamis for private consumption, and sometimes for sale. As reported by www.northjersey.com, Italian restaurateurs in North Jersey are already salivating about the authentic salumi plates they can now add to their menus. "It's fantastic news. We're moving out of the Stone Age. Real soppressata is the best," said Enzo Lent, manager of Grissini Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs, which plans to offer a meat plate with Italian mortadella and salami.

(Photo by INDA Press Office)

Ancient Greek Drama Festival continues in Siracusa through June 23

The INDA Ancient Greek Drama Festival, a cultural event which boasts a world-renowned tradition dating back to 1914, and thousands of spectators kicked off last Saturday at the breathtaking Siracusa Greek Theater dating back to the 5th century B.C. gathering applause from hundreds of spectators. This year’s festival will end on Sunday, June 23. Tragedy is one of the three dramatic genres of Ancient Greek dramas. The word tragedy comes from the term "tragedia" or "goat-song," named for the goatskins the chorus wore during the performance. It refers primarily to a tragic drama in which a central character, usually a king, queen or hero, suffers some serious ill-fated situation in which man seems to be deprived of all outward help and is forced to rely on himself. The man deals with external superior forces, which appear to rule his life. Eventually, tragedies express the vulnerability of human beings whose suffering are caused by a combination of human and divine actions. This year the season features two dramas, “Oedipus the King” and "Antigone" by Sophocles, and one comedy, “Assemblywomen" by Aristophanes. For more information and performances' schedules, call INDA at 0931-487200/201 or www.indafondazione.org - www.comune.siracusa.it Tickets can be purchased at http://www.vivaticket.it/index. php?nvpg%5btour%5d&id=113.

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H EADLINES Prince William and Kate hire Italian housekeeper (Italy Magazine) London - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have hired an Italian, Antonella Fresolone, as their housekeeper. Her appointment means they can look forward to meals of pasta and home-baked bread. The 42-year-old Fresolone comes from Lamporecchio in Pistoia, Tuscany. She was one of Queen Elizabeth II’s most trusted servants and worked at Buckingham Palace for 13 years as one of Her Royal Highness’ three top housemaids. The Queen has lost Fresolone to her grandson and his wife as they get ready for the birth of their baby in July. The job of housekeeper to the young couple is one of the most coveted positions in the royal household. Fresolone beat dozens of applicants for the sought-after role, which was advertised in January 2013. British newspaper the ‘Express’ reports that an advertisement for chief of domestic staff to the Cambridges was posted at Buckingham Palace saying “discretion, loyalty and reliability” were paramount and stipulating that “Attention to detail, together with a flexible and proactive approach is essential." Fresolone is understood to have started her new job a couple of weeks ago. She moved into the staff apartment at London’s Kensington Palace, which the Duke and Duchess are preparing to be their royal home. Fresolone will run their household – and even walk their dog, a cocker spaniel called ‘Lupo’. Her position involves cleaning the residence, doing the laundry, preparing meals, and caring for the royals’ clothing, glassware and silverware. Hours are said to be an average of 37 hours a week from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and the job is thought to pay £23,000 a year plus free accommodation. Fresolone is unmarried and has no children. The ‘Express’ reports that Fresolone is popular among her peers and “famed for her strong work ethic, dedication to the royal family and delicious Italian cooking.” A royal insider told the newspaper: “Antonella is renowned for being very hard working. She is extremely dedicated and fully intends for this job to become her whole life.”

Jewish leader appeals to government over Priebke tax bill, Journalist accused of defaming former Nazi also asked to pay up (ANSA) Rome - The head of Rome's Jewish community is appealing a tax bill arising from a court case involving former German SS officer Erich Priebke that dates back 17 years. Riccardo Pacifici is asking the new Minister of Justice Anna Maria Cancellieri to intervene in the case, "on a matter of principle" after he received the 300-euro tax bill. It arose after Priebke, imprisoned in Rome for his role in the 1944 massacre of more than 335 Italians, unsuccessfully sued Pacifici and journalist Walter Vecellio. Pacifici said he has no quarrel with the tax agency Equitalia, which unsuccessfully tried to collect

the bill from Priebke, now 99, who claims jail has left him destitute. The former SS officer claimed he was defamed by Vecellio, who called him an "executioner" in a 1996 article.Vecellio, who like Pacifici received a copy of the tax bill, is also appealing to the government to intervene. Priebke was extradited from Argentina in 1995 and sentenced to life for his part in the 1944 reprisal that occurred outside of Rome at the Fosse Ardeatine where German soldiers killed 335 men and boys including many Jews. Priebke has been living under house arrest in Rome. He had a work permit revoked in 2007 after an outcry from the city's Jewish community.

As many pets as people in Italian homes, cats and dogs lead as preferred domestic companions (ANSA) Bologna - Italy has nearly as many pets as people, with more than 60 million domestic animals being kept as companions in Italian homes, a report released last Thursday said. A survey by the association for pet nutrition and health Assalco, released for the 15th edition of the trade show Zoomark International 2013, showed that among the four-legged variety, cats rule in number as the preferred home companion with 7.5 million kitties living with Italian families. Coming in a close second at seven million is the beloved canine. Meows and bow-wows aren't the only sounds coming from Italy's pet-loving homes - small mammals, especially rabbits, hamsters and mice number 1.8 million, while reptiles count for 1.4 million of the country's chosen pets. Some 13 million birds brighten homes and 30 million fish fill the nation's aquariums. According to a 2013 Eurispes report, 55.3% of Italian families have taken in one or more animal companions. Italy has a population of 60.8 million, according to the 2011 census.

At least seven dead as ship rams Genoa control tower, two remain missing in 'unprecedented accident' (ANSA) Genoa - Seven people were dead and two remained missing last Wednesday after a container ship slammed into a control tower at the entry to the port of Genoa overnight. Divers were still attempting to retrieve bodies trapped in the underwater rubble. Authorities said the ship was bound for the Sicilian city of Messina and should not have been in the area when it rammed into the tower, sending it crashing into port waters. Some 14 people were in the 50-meter tower at the time of the accident, including a marine officer and nine sailors, authorities said. Four people were rescued and are hospitalized, two in serious condition. Investigators said that the container ship, the 40,500-ton, 655-foot Italian Jolly Nero, and its black box have been impounded and manslaughter probes have been opened.


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NASSIG farewells a LEGEND ... Our favorite quotes from Capt. Butler:

For the past three years, you have been an integral part of our community. More than just our commanding officer, you have been our neighbor and our friend. You will be missed!

“I joke about this being the best job I never thought I’d love.” “I think perhaps the best thing about this job is I felt as if everyday here I’ve continued to learn and that’s been very exciting and rewarding.”

Final thoughts from the NASSIG community ... "Thanks for your leadership, your commitment to the Sailors and families of NAS Sigonella, and for your goodnatured humor ... mostly at my expense ... you'll be missed." - Lt. Chris McHenry, NASSIG Admin Officer

“My fondest memories of serving as the CO of Sigonella are too long to mention, but I truly have only good memories about my service here. I’ll look back at the relationships primarily with the people, the Sailors, the civilians, and the Italian’s that I’ve met here.”

"A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired. Thanks, Skipper, for your upbeat leadership which has brought life to our community!" - Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Cauble, NASSIG Chaplain "Ain't no point in beatin' a dead horse ... 'course, can't hurt none either. You are now leaving fluent in Tennessean! Thanks for your leadership, guidance, and support for Public Affairs!" - Lt. Tim Page, NASSIG Public Affairs Officer

“As silly as it sounds and this is maybe a little unfair to all of the other people who work here so far but my proudest accomplishment of this entire tour is that almost every morning I’ve been able to walk my daughters to school and I don’t think there are many guys in the world that can do that.”

"In my 29 years overseas, I have never seen such amazing support from a Commander as the school has received from Captain Butler. Job well done, sir!" - Ian Coubrough, Sigonella Elementary Principal "Thanks for everything ... like making every meeting an event; keeping track of my hotdog count; and realizing that Submariners look cool in a flight suit. But seriously, the Sigonella family is truly losing one of its own and is better for having you here." - NASSIG Command Master Chief David Graham "Capitano Butler, I have been blessed in having the great honor to work for you, and spend three wonderful years together. Grazie for everything you have done for me and for the Italian community working on base. You, Martina and the beautiful girls will always be in our hearts. Arrivederci Comandante e tanti auguri per un futuro pieno di grandi soddisfazioni. I will miss you." - Debora Cicero, CO/XO secretary

“I’m going to miss the people most, U.S. and Italian both. The community truly is a community here and just the way they’ve welcomed my family the entire time has been just an incredibly rewarding experience.”

"Watch out Jay Leno! Capt. Butler's wit and humor was amazing. He treated everyone, junior to senior, military, civilian or dependent with genuine respect, sensitivity and courtesy. Best officer I have known in 37 years with DoD." - JG Somavilla, NASSIG Emergency Management Officer

“I joined the Navy to see the world and this tour in Sicily has really given me and my entire family [the chance] to see so much of Europe and the world. The opportunity to just be here in the incredibly ancient culture is really great.” “If I had one message to leave to this community and as cliché as it sounds, it would be, ‘Take care of each other, and take care of your shipmates.’ That’s what I think has made this base so successful over the past three years. We really do work and play well together. We work hard but we take care of each other."

... Fair winds and following seas!


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Don't miss the fun ... H ere's what's happenin Looking for a career opportunity in g: Sigonella … Check out the CYP programs

MA2 Jerscheid arrived at NASSIG in November 2010 and quickly became one of security department's shining stars. Shortly after his arrival, Jerscheid qualified for the position of watch commander, responsible for the training and supervision of 31 Navy security force personnel and five auxiliary security force personnel during daily watch section shifts. As a direct result of his “take charge” attitude and his professional accomplishments, he was chosen out a group of his peers to fill a highly challenging position with the force protection division as electronic security systems (ESS) manager. As the current ESS Manager for NAS Sigonella, Jerscheid oversees two million dollars in installed security equipment, including 109 security cameras and 60 intrusion detection systems. He is responsible for the training of 200 Sailors and 20 civilians attached to NASSIG and all tenant commands on proper system operation, and also provides daily contract oversight and maintenance execution planning for four equipment sustainment contractors. His efforts have resulted in an improved system operability rate which went from 52% to more than 94% in the past 18 months. Jerscheid’s high level of motivation, pride in his command, and sustained superior performance have led to his selection as NASSIG Junior Sailor of the Quarter in 2012 and 2013, making him a true Sigonella Superstar!

Get to know ADAM Where are you from originally? Baltimore, MD Why did you decide to join the service? College and to build my resume. It is hard to find jobs nowadays with no experience. How long have you served? This October will be 8 years.

ON THE JOB:

MA2 Jerscheid is the electronic security systems manager at Naval Air Station Sigonella. (Photos by MC3 Cameron Bramham.)

What does your job entail? Each day it’s different. One day I could be coordinating maintenance on one of our over 100 cameras, and the next it could involve setting the barrier plan during heightened security conditions. On other days I could be involved in conducting a physical security survey on one of our many buildings to ensure proper security regulations are being adhered to, or it could be writing reports and detailing maintenance actions on our installed equipment.

What is your favorite part of your job? The favorite part of my job is unseen. It is maintaining the equipment that keeps NASSIG and our people here safe on a day to day basis. This includes CCTVs, barriers and alarm systems that most people don’t see, but are vital to our security every day. What's your favorite thing about living in Sicily? The rich history here. Some of the biggest battles in Europe started here on this little island. What's the favorite place you have visited so far? I would have to say that Scotland would be the best place I have visited so far. Just being in Europe and taking in all of the history is such a great experience, and my wife and I take advantage of this every chance we can.

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Do you love working with children? MWR’s Child and Youth Programs (CYP) may have the career opportunity you've been waiting for. The beauty of working in the CYP environment is that all employees have flexibility to discover hidden talents and passions for working with kids of many different age groups. Having the capacity to work with programs designed specifically for multiple age groups, you can put your talents to work in an area that best fits your skills. CYP employment also offers job security and mobility. Whether you have been here for a short time or have just arrived on the island there is a place for you to plug in and gain vital professional experience and training. This is a great step for those who are career-minded and want to keep building a strong resume by adding professional experience and education. One thing is for sure - there will always be military children who need our support. Future employment opportunities with CYP are always available and transferring your skills to the next installation provides a great career path for the future. Currently the CYP is hiring for a range of positions with various educational and experience requirements and range from $11.20/hour and up. Starting salary for CYP employees continues to be more competitive than most. In addition to the great earning potential you will receive applicable training, which can double as college credits or vital modules to qualify you for promotion. Tuition assistance is available to qualified employees. Positions include: • Care givers for all age groups • Operations clerk • Trainers • Youth Coordinator • Recreation assistants For more information on how you can put your specific skills to work with our youth programs stop by the MWR Administration Office on NAS I to pick up your application. For specific questions contact Debbie Burgstrom-CYP director at 624-3736 or Warren Britton- youth program director at 624-3712.

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule &  Descriptions

Friday, 17 MAY 13 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Baked Fish w/cherry tomatoes, Pork Chop w/mushroom sauce, Mushroom Gravy, Steamed Rice, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Cauliflower, Lemon Cookies. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Cream Of Mushroom Soup, Cantonese Spareribs, Baked Tuna Noodles, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Whole Corn, Seasoned Spinach, Lemon Cookies. Saturday, 18 MAY 13 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterhorns. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Beef Vegetable Soup, Sauerbraten, Mixed Vegetables, Broccoli, Cookies. *Dinner: Broccoli Soup, Fishwich, Spaghetti Carbonara, Chicken Gravy, Steamed Rice, Green Kale, Peas & Mushroom, Cookies.

Wednesday, May 22

Tuesday, 21 MAY 13 *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Sausage Patties, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Blueberry Muffins. *Lunch: Cream of Asparagus Soup, BBQ Spareribs, Southern Fried Chicken, Chicken Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Hopping John, Corn on the Cob, Southern Style Greens, Jalapeno Corn Bread, German Chocolate Cake, Cherry Pie. *Speed line: Pasta Bar. Dinner: Beef Rice Soup, Sauerbraten, Lasagna, Lyonnaise Rice, Vegetable Stir Fry, Steamed Asparagus, Brown Gravy, Cake. Wednesday, 22 MAY 13 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts. *Lunch: Beef Vegetable Soup, Spaghetti Carbonara, Fish w/Tomato cherry, Potatoes Au Gratin, Oriental Rice, Cauliflowers, Tangy Spinach, Chewy Nut Bars. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Chicken Patties, Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce, Steamed Rice, Brown Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Green Beans, Chewy Nut Bars.

Sunday, 19 MAY 13 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, French Toast Puff, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Kolaches. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Beef Rice Soup, Breaded Pork Chop, Italian Roasted Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans, Glazed Carrots, Yellow Cake. *Dinner: Cauliflower Soup, Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce, Rice Pilaf, Chicken Patties, Peas, Cauliflower, Yellow Cake.

Thursday, 23 MAY 13 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Oven Fried Bacon, Corned Beef Hash, Asst Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts. *Lunch: Onion Soup, B.B.Q Chicken, Beef Stroganoff, Mashed Potatoes, Boiled Pasta, Chicken Gravy, Mix Vegetables, Simmered Cauliflower, Devil’s Food Cake. *Speedline: Chicken Fillet, Onion Rings. *Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup, Meat Loaf, Pasta alla Norma, Oven Browned Potatoes, Corn O’ Brien, Simmered Carrots, Devil’s Food Cake.

Monday, 20 MAY 13 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Minced Beef on Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Streusel Coffee Cake. *Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup, Rosemary Roast Turkey, Beef Pot Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Seasoned Summer Squash, Steamed Peas, Turkey Gravy, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. *Speed line: Pizza. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Linguine Carbonara, Baked Chicken Quartered , Baked Potatoes, Collard Greens, Calico Cabbage, Brown Gravy, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies .

Friday, 24 MAY 13 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. *Lunch: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Lasagna, Tempura Fish, Steamed Rice, Calico Cabbage, Herbed Broccoli, Cake. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Egg Drop Soup, Savory Baked Chicken, Baked Tuna Noodles, Rice Pilaf, Southern Green Beans, Savory Squash, Cake.

5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Jurassic Park 3D G. I. Joe 2 Oblivion Star Trek: Darkness 3D

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Friday, May 17 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Star Trek: Darkness 3D Evil Dead Oblivion Scary MoVie

Saturday, May 18 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Jurassic Park 3D Scary MoVie Iron Man 3 3D The Great Gatsby Star Trek: Darkness 3D

Sunday, May 19 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Iron Man 3 G. I. Joe 2 3D Star Trek: Darkness 3D Evil Dead The Great Gatsby 3D

Tuesday, May 21

5:00 PM The Host 5:30 PM G. I. Joe 2 3D 7:30 PM The Great Gatsby 3D

8:00 PM Temptation

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Chipwrecked Star Trek: Darkness 3D Evil Dead 42 Iron Man 3 3D

Friday, May 24 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Epic 3D Scary MoVie Fast & The Furious 6 Star Trek: Darkness 3D

Saturday, May 25 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Star Trek: Darkness 3D Scary MoVie The Great Gatsby The Big Wedding Pain & Gain

Sunday, May 26 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Epic 3D The Big Wedding Fast & The Furious 6 Iron Man 3 Pain & Gain

Movie Premiere

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EPIC 2D & 3D ... PG STARRING: Amanda Seyfried, Beyoncé Knowles, Josh Hutcherson

A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours. (102 m.) THE FAST & FURIOUS 6 ... PG13 STARRING: Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

Agent Luke Hobbs enlists Dominic Toretto and his team to bring down former Special Ops soldier Owen Shaw, leader of a unit specializing in vehicular warfare. (142 m.) JURASSIC PARK 3D ... PG13 STARRING: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 m.) SCARY MOVIE ... R STARRING: Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Charlie Sheen

PG-13 R PG-13 R R

A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they're being stalked by a nefarious demon. (86 m.) STAR TREK: INTO THE DARKNESS 2D & 3D ... PG-13 STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana

PG R PG-13 PG-13 R

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. (132 m.)

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


Find and circle all of the words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell a secret message a Henry Ward Beecher quotation.

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1972 Fiat 500l in great condition. Must see! Asking 4,800 euro. Call Joe at 346-6082330.

Sigonella All Officer Spouse Club (AOSC) is accepting applications for both community and college scholarships. Each year AOSC raises funds in order to support the Sigonella Community. If your group or organization could benefit from a donation, or if you need money for higher education, e-mail aoscsigonella@gmail.com to request an application. You can also find applications on the facebook Craigslist of Marinai II board under the "files" tab. Completed applications are due May 31st and instructions for returning can be found on the form.

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MAY 17, 2013 All classified ads are free to the community for advertising personal property for sale, trade or giveaway. Ads must be sent to thesig@eu.navy.mil no later than 5 p.m. of the Friday before the week of publication and must include POC name and phone number. For more information, call 624-5440, 624-2798 or 095-86-5440/2798 or stampagenerale@tin.it.

SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCATE HOTLINES: Sigonella SAPR VA Hotline: 335-642-8312. DoD Safe Helpline: 001-877-995-5247 (From cell phones and off-base telephones) Or: 19020 (toll-free access code)1-877-995-5247 (From DSN lines)

The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts of supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, the Navy (or Marine Corps), (name of command) or (name of publisher) of the products and services advertised. “Everything advertised in this newspaper shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. Published by Stampa, a private firm in no way connected with DoD, the U.S. Navy (or Marine Corps), under exclusive contract with the U.S. Navy (or Marine Corps).

NOTE: 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. AFTS/AFN decoders must be sold only to another authorized individual: active duty or retired U.S. military, DoD direct-hire employees or their spouse. Ads that profit a business or individual, such as housekeeping or baby-sitting services considered commercial ads. Commercial ads are not accepted. Requests for commercial ads must be made to Stampa Generale: 081-568-7884 or stampagenerale@tin.it

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Installation libraries kick off Summer Reading Program By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service

Libraries across the Defense Department will begin offering the fourth annual Summer Reading Program to students on their installations to promote reading fun, a Navy General Library official said. Nilya Carrato, program assistant for the Navy General Library Program, highlighted DOD’s Summer Reading Program during an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. “The Summer Reading Program operates on DOD installations worldwide, and it runs, generally, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, although we know school gets out at different times all around the world,” she said. “And it’s a way for students to have fun reading so they don’t go back to school behind the [power] curve.” Carrato used sports as an example of practicing a skill to stay prepared. “If you play a lot sports, you need to know how to run,” Carrato said. “If you want to learn in school, you’ve got to already have your reading skills. And if you don’t practice, you lose them.” Reading is much less of a chore for a child who enjoys it, she added. “If you don’t practice [reading] over the summer, you can go back a few weeks behind your classmates in terms of your reading skills,” Carrato said. “And that might not be so bad this year, but by the time they’re in sixth grade, they can be a whole year behind their classmates as far as their reading skills, because it does add up over time.” This year’s Summer Reading program theme is a travel theme: “Have Book, Will Travel.”

“We’ll be reading about airplanes and cars, and [asking], ‘If you could go anywhere, where would you go?” Carrato said. “But it’s not necessary that you have to read about [that] theme -- just [have] fun. Those are the program ideas.” The program will apply throughout the Defense Department, and it will be available at installation libraries and at some child and youth programs during the summer, Carrato said. “It goes all ages,” she added. “Some bases will even do it for adults.” In addition to the travel theme, the program includes incentives for students to participate, Carrato said, such as bookmarks and other prizes, as well as crafts parties. This year, she said, participants can earn a military challenge coin for reading. In last year’s program, Carrato said, Defense Department children put in almost 30 years of reading time. “We get the reports back from all of the installations around the world about how many minutes their kids read, and how many pages their kids read, and I add it all up,” Carrato said. “It’s millions of minutes.” Last year’s program notched a 30-percent increase over the year before, “which was like a 300-percent increase over the year before that,” Carrato said. “So it will probably be about a 50-percent increase if things keep building,” she added. “It’s pretty insane. This is the fourth year we’ve been doing it. It’s a lot of fun.” Students can sign up at their local installation library or online.

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