Page 1



VOL. 29 NO. 40

OCTOBER 26, 2012

Dianne Anello (left), Naval Air Station Sigonella Morale, Welfare and Recreation department fitness trainer, leads participants through the exercise portion of the “Healthy & Fit” program in Naval Air Station Sigonella’s gymnasium. The five-week program is geared to teach participants about exercise, nutrition, the psychology of eating and healthy cooking. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Brian T. Glunt/Released)

U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella commences “Healthy & Fit” program BY MC3 BRIAN T. GLUNT NPASE - East Detachment Europe


IGONELLA, Sicily (October 16, 2012) – The Health Promotion and Nutrition department at U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Sigonella partnered with Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department to begin offering a “Healthy & Fit” program for service members and their families, October 16. The five-week program provides service members and their families a framework to promote healthier eating, assistance in weight management and creates a supportive environment to assist in long term results. “Being in a group helps the participants a lot,” said Giuseppe Licari, health promotion and nutrition assistant. “They share information, experiences and stories, which is the most important thing. You can talk to experts and get all the education you need, but if you talk to someone else who is going through the same experiences, you may learn much more.” The program consists of one hour of classroom educa-

tion, led by USNH Sigonella’s Health Promotions and Nutrition Department, and one hour of exercise led by MWR trainers, per session. There are 25 sessions overall. The exercise portion will include Zumba, Pilates, kickboxing, cycling and yoga. The classroom portion will include topics covering structuring a healthy lifestyle plan, nutrition strategy, proper physical exercise, psychology of eating and cooking healthy over the five-week program. All participants who finish the five-week program will receive a $25 gift card to the Navy Exchange (NEX) provided by NAS Sigonella’s NEX. “Health Promotions has different programs, all geared toward a healthy lifestyle,” said Licari. “We will always be there to give out information and education about weight management and nutrition.” The Health Promotions and Nutrition department promotes weight loss through a healthy lifestyle change and ad-


vises participants to see their primary care providers before taking any kind of health supplements. For more information on Sigonella’s Health Promotion and Nutrition department, visit their website at or add them on Facebook at Giuseppe Licari (left), U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella health promotion and nutrition assistant, instructs participants during the classroom portion of the “Healthy & Fit” program in Naval Air Station Sigonella’s Midtown classroom. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Brian T. Glunt/Released)


”Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” - Henry David Thoreau

Breast Cancer Awareness

Day of the Dead

Celebrating the Navy’s Birthday

Sigonellans show their support.

Italy celebrates “Giorno dei Morti” November 2.

VP-9 FCPOA beautify areas in Catania.

Page 3

Page 6

Page 8

Scan for direct links to NAS Sigonella


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

EDITORIAL Lt. Tim Page, Public Affairs Officer

Dott. Alberto Lunetta, Community Relations Officer

Jackie Trembath, Editor

STAFF Writers/Photographers MC1 Christopher Delano MR1 Gary Spence MC3 Brian Glunt MCSN Cameron Bramham

CONTRIBUTING Writers/Photographers Coco Faber Shawn McCarthy Cmdr. William McCullough Melisa Ram

CONTACT US Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily 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 Tel. 081-568-7884 – Fax 081-568-7887

This civilian enterprise (CE) newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military services overseas. Contents of The Signature are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense (DoD), or the U.S. Navy. The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the DoD or Stampa Generale S.r.l., of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex,national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The Signature is published weekly by Stampa Generale S.r.l., Sig. Bruno 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.


26, 2012

NAS Sigonella Executive Officer, Cmdr. Eric Vosler After participating in last week’s regionwide training exercise, this week is an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of individual emergency preparedness. We’re all aware of the many natural disasters that have occurred during the last few years; the tragedy at Ft. Hood in 2009; the earthquake in Haiti in 2010; and the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan in 2011. These events act as constant reminders of the importance of being prepared, which is why we prepare for emergencies by testing the reactions of our emergency crews, security, command and control teams and our entire community. Even though we have some of the best trained emergency services and first responders in the region, there is a chance that assistance may be delayed during a large scale disaster. It is imperative for each family to maintain their own emergency supply kit. A basic emergency supply kit should include the following recommended items: •Water: one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation •Food: a minimum of a three-day supply of non-perishable food •Battery-powered or hand crank radio and extra batteries •Flashlight and extra batteries

•First aid kit •Whistle to signal for help •Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place •Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation •Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities •Manual can opener for food •Local maps •Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger •Prescription medications: enough for at least three days •Money: at a minimum, $100 in local currency, small denomination bills •Important personal and financial documents •Sleeping bag or other weather-appropriate bedding for each person •A weather-appropriate change of clothes for each person Take the time to set up an emergency supply kit so that in a real emergency you will be more prepared. It could ultimately save your life. For more information about emergency preparedness visit In closing, remember to set your clocks back this weekend as Daylight Saving Time in Italy ends Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 3 a.m. Also, join us on Thursday, November 1

for the next edition of the CO’s Feedback Live, which airs at 6:30 p.m. on AFN Prime Atlantic, satellite decoder channel 20 (for those who live on the economy) and is simulcast on 105.9 FM. Viewers can ask questions live on the air by calling 624-4265, post them on during the show, or ask them in advance by filling out the feedback live form at Default.aspx Get your questions answered from the top.

NAS SIGONELLA CFC CAMPAIGN TRACKER W EE K 5 ToTal pledge card donors: 775 ToTal donaTions: $83,104.57




26, 2012



Around NAS Sigonella ...

Lady Jags wore pink socks and Aviano brought pink jerseys in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The two teams played a doubleheader October 19 and 20 at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella gym on NAS I. (Photo by Shawn McCarthy)

Lady Jags proudly wear pink in honor of breast cancer awareness BY MCSN CAMERON BRAHAM NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

Honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Sigonella High School Lady Jaguars added a new color to their uniform during their match with Aviano High School, October 19 at The Jag gymnasium. The Lady Jags wore pink socks and Aviano brought pink jerseys for the first match of their doubleheader series which concluded on October 20. “Though both of the teams came from different schools, they were unified on the court in their desire to promote awareness of breast cancer and MWR's Walk the Pink Out of It,” said Lady Jags Head Coach Shawn McCarthy. “Knowing that nearly 230,000 American women are diagnosed each year, the teams played the match in honor of survivors and those who have lost the battle.”

McCarthy also said the school participated in ‘Wear Pink Day’ with approximately 80% of students wearing some form of pink. “This match was the first of its kind for the Sigonella High School volleyball team,” McCarthy added. “Next year's match will incorporate a fund-raising component to help with early screening.” As for the matches themselves, the teams split the two games with Aviano taking the first game, and Sigonella claiming victory the next morning (October 20). Both matches went the max of five sets with Sigonella’s win coming down to a thrilling end, edging Aviano out in the fifth and final set by a score of 18–16.

Sigonellans Walk the Pink Out of It Service members and their families gathered at Marinai, October 20, to take part in the “Walk the Pink Out of It” 2-mile run/walk. More than 200 participants joined in the event to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event was sponsored by Family Fitness and Health Promotions. Prizes were awarded from the Navy Exchange for the best “pink” dressed person. (Photo by MWR, Sigonella) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

New Parent Support hosts first Playgroup on the Road New Parent Support had their first "Playgroup on the Road" at the Baby Expo in Etnapolis Mall. Mothers and expectant mothers were able to directly test products for their children, get advice from experts, learn about breastfeeding and watch fitness demonstrations. There were also activities for young children. Visit facebook/ FFSC New Parent Support for the next playgroup field trip details. (Photo by Melisa Ram)




26, 2012









THURSDAY November 1

Story Book Parade School

AA Meeting NAS I Chapel 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Bowling $1 Day

Zombie Run 3 p.m. Registration Run 4 p.m.

Sig Strongman 9 a.m. NAS I Land Annex

Autumn Fest 4 p.m. - Midnight NAS I Midtown Sig’s Got Talent 7 p.m.

Autumn Fest 4 p.m. - Midnight NAS I Midtown

SUNDAY 28 ITT Taormina & Ottobrata Daylight Saving Time in Italy ends at 3 a.m.







Feedback Live 6:30 p.m. on AFN Atlantic. Call in to 624-4265 with any questions.

Take 5 Movie Marathon Empty Wallet Lunch

POC: Kevin, 347-495-6721


Connections Bingo Jox Pub Texas Hold’em


5 AA Meeting NAS I Chapel 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

7 Tobacco Cessation Class 2-3 p.m. Midtown Classroom

8 CHOICES ... Planning After High School 4 - 6 p.m.

POC: Kevin, 347-495-6721

Bowling $1 Day

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 and let us know!

Need an appointment at the hospital? Call DSN 624CARE (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, a holiday or after office hours, please call 335578-8077 if you are normally seen at the hospital or 335578-8150 if you are normally seen at the Flight Line Clinic.


26, 2012



Breast cancer screening BY CDR WILLIAM MCCULLOUGH, MC, RADIOLOGIST US Naval Hospital Sigonella

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime; more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; and more than 39,000 women will die from the disease. Breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease. About 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the US and about 450 men die from the disease. There is however, some good news. Although one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, only one in 35 women will die from the disease and breast cancer death rates are going down. There are currently more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Although our treatments for breast cancer are improving, early detection is the key. Early detection and prompt treatment give a man or woman with breast cancer the best chance for survival. Breast exams and imaging studies such as mammograms and MRIs are the tools healthcare providers use to screen for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends annual clinical breast exams (those performed by your healthcare provider) and annual

mammograms for women over the age of 40. For women with an increased risk for breast cancer, including those whose mother or sister has had the disease, screening for breast cancer may begin sooner and may include imaging studies such as MRIs. The American Cancer Society also recommends that women between age 20 and 40 have a clinical breast exam performed by their healthcare provider every three years and that all women should be educated about breast self-exams. Our data at Naval Hospital Sigonella shows that several women from the Sigonella base population, both active duty and dependents, who are over the age of 40 and who have either never had a mammogram or are late for their annual screening mammogram. There are many reasons a woman might wait to receive the examination: we are all busy, the exam can be uncomfortable, or perhaps the woman is uncomfortable with a male mammography technologist. If you are late for your mammogram, whatever the reason might be, please do not delay further. If you have breast cancer, we cannot find it without your help and finding it early provides the best chance for a cure. Every year, the Food and Drug

Association inspects all US mammography programs. The Mammography Program at Naval Hospital Sigonella was inspected in August. Our program received full certification with zero discrepancies. Every US mammography program must also be accredited by the American College of Radiology. This past spring our program was accredited for three years, the maximum accreditation period allowed. Additionally, this summer, one of my female Radiology Technicians completed mammography training and she is now ready to help care for our breast imaging population. We have excellent equipment and outstanding personnel. In the past, women were required to see their primary care managers (PCMs) prior to having an annual screening mammogram performed. To make it easier for you to receive your mammogram, the Radiology Department at Naval Hospital Sigonella revised their appointment policy for mammograms. Women over 40 can now self-refer for their annual mammograms. You can now call the Radiology Department at 624-4701 to make the appointment even if you have not yet seen your PCM to have the test ordered. Don’t delay. Call today.

Schedule your annual mammogram Women over 40 can now self-refer for their annual mammograms. Call the Radiology Department at 624-4701 to schedule an appointment even if you have not yet seen your PCM to have the test ordered.




26, 2012

Day of the Dead celebrations November 2 is a special day in Italy, it is the celebration honoring departed ancestors and relatives called “Giorno dei Morti” (Day of the Dead or All Souls’ Day; Sicilians call it “Jornu di li morti”). It is believed that the departed continue to “live” and return annually to visit their loved ones. To children, it feels like Christmas time since they get a gift on the morning of November 2. I still vividly remember when I was a kid, the excitement that drove me to search every corner of the house looking for the presents that my “dead grandfather” had left for me during the night. I knew his spirit was still around and I was sure that he had magically sneaked into my house the night before to bring me my favorite toys and sweets. I also recall my disappointment when I realized, as I grew older, that the “regali” (gifts) were actually brought by my parents. I know that, to some, the idea of the spirits of the dead paying a “holiday visit” to people’s home might sound spooky and macabre. But it is all a matter of perspective. Usually, the concept of afterlife raises fears and concerns, conjuring up images of dead people, ghosts, witches, or even the devil. To Italians, the “Giorno dei Morti” is a special day. because it is believed that the spirits of the dead return to earth on this day to be with their families and loved ones to eat, drink and be merry and relive the good memories. Italian novelist and playwright Giovanni Verga vividly describes this tradition in one of his famous novels: “On the ‘Day of the Dead,’ walking on Tempt your taste buds with the traditional “Pupi ri zuccaru” or puppets tiptoes, mothers put toys and sweets of boiled sugar which are among the most popular Day of the Dead treats in the tiny shoes of their children that are baked into symbolic shapes. You will find them in all pasticcerie while they are dreaming of long lines of white ghosts carrying glittering (pastry shops) and panifici (bakeries). (Photo by Alessandra Lunetta)

! T I Y A talian S T JUaSctice your I Pr

Have fun practicing your Italian! Buona Fortuna English: It's no use crying over spilt milk. Italian: Inutile piangere sul latte versato. English: Let sleeping dogs lie. Italian: Non svegliare il can che dorme.

English: Promise is debt. Italian: Ogni promessa è un debito.

English: Rome was not built in a day. Italian: Roma non é stata costruita in un giorno.

English: He laughs best who laughs last. English: All that glitters is not gold Italian: Ride bene chi ride ultimo. Italian: Non è tutto oro quel che luccica.

presents. Smiling young girls try on, in front of the mirror, the earrings or the brooch they were given by their fiancées.” Historic chronicles also confirm this tradition. Giacinto Farina, a priest of the last century, wrote that, in the past, Sicilian children used to leave their shoes on the windowsills in the hope that their dead relatives would place gifts for them. Superstitions say that dead relatives “turn themselves into ants” so they can enter easily into the homes to fill the baskets and the socks prepared by the kids with gifts. Sicilian cultural anthropologist Giuseppe Pitrè shares details about this tradition: “On the night between November 1 and 2, the departed leave their scary dwelling and go to elegant stores in town to steal toys, new clothes and sweets. It is an ‘innocent stealing’ that is aimed at donating gifts to children that have been behaving during the year.” The Day of Dead is actually an ancient festivity and has pagan origins that are rooted in the changing cycle of natural renewal. The return of the departed souls marked the beginning of the new agriculture cycle that was intended to celebrate the continuity of life. By giving presents to their children on behalf of the ancestors, parents keep the “affective bond” between the departed and the living alive. Doing so, children won’t be looking at their deceased relatives as a scaring entity of the afterlife but as good souls that look after them from heaven. In the Catholic tradition, the “Giorno dei Morti,” is a day on which believers gather with their family members to make a pilgrimage to the cemeteries where their relatives rest in peace waiting for the Day of Resurrection. According to some histo-

rians, early Christians created this religious celebration that blended elements from the Holy Scriptures with pagan traditions. Many customs are associated with All Souls Day’s celebration. It is also traditional to set up a “Fiera dei Morti” (All souls Day’s Fair). This year the fiera should be set up at the Mercato Ortofrutticolo all'Ingrosso (wholesale fruit and vegetable market) which is located near the Catania airport from October 28 through November 4. The fair, which is usually open from 9 a.m. until midnight, features a variety of items such as rugs, furniture, shoes, clothing, arts and crafts, antiquities, food and more. Traffic will be restricted in the fair area. Parking spaces will be set up in the adjoining streets and will be limited. Car pooling and parking far from the festival area is strongly recommended. Other special markets will be set up in other towns of the Catania province such as Caltagirone, Mirabella Imbaccari, Tremestieri Etneo and Vizzini as well as in Palermo, Caltanissetta, Siracusa, Agrigento and other towns across the island. Sample the special cakes, made into symbolic shapes prepared for the Day of Dead. The traditional “cosi ruci” (sweets) include “Frutta Martorana” (Martorana fruits), a confection of almond paste made into the shape of different fruits, “N’zuddi” (almond cookies), cocoa-based cookies (“Rame di Napoli,” “Totò” and “Bersaglieri”), “Ossa di morti,” (bones of the dead) crunchy cookies that were once shaped as skulls, phalanges (finger bones). They’re made by white dough that contrasts with the dark base where the sugar darkened close to the pan during baking and “Pupi ri zuccaru” or puppets of boiled sugar.



26, 2012

Louvre snubs Italian Request to Return Mona Lisa to Florence (Italy Magazine)

(Photo by

Bellini Opera 2012 season continues with Rossini's “Italiana in Algeri” Sigonella opera buffs will be happy to hear that, after the summer break, the Catania Bellini Opera 2012 season continues with Gioacchino Rossini's “Italiana in Algeri” which will make its debut October 26 at 8:30 p.m. L'Italiana in Algeri is usually translated as “The Italian Girl in Algiers.” The cast of this two-act comic opera includes baritone Simone Alaimo, mezzosoprano Manuela Custer, tenor Daniele Zanfardino and bass Clemente Antonio Daliotti. Direction will be provided by Michele Mirabella and the conductor will be Giuseppe La Malfa. The opera will be staged on the following days: Friday, October 26 at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday October 27 at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 31 at 5: 30 p.m.; Friday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 3at 5:30 p.m. For more information and tickets visit

Paris’ Louvre museum has rebuffed a request to allow the Mona Lisa to be displayed in Italy next year. Italian campaigners have collected more than 150,000 signatures asking for the Mona Lisa to be returned to its “home city” of Florence. The petition asks Paris’ Louvre museum to hand over Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, in a move that could be the start of a battle similar to the Greeks’ struggle to have the UK give back the Elgin Marbles. According to the Comitato Nazionale per il Patrimonio Storico, Culturale e Ambientale (National Committee for Historical, Cultural and Environmental Heritage) it is time for the world’s most famous painting to go home. The committee organised the petition in conjunction with the Italian city. Committee member Silvano Vincenti has made a formal request to the French Culture Minister, Aurelie Filippetti, for La Gioconda to be returned and exhibited in Florence’s Galleria degli Uffizi for the first time in a century. The Louvre is reluctant to move the fragile artwork that museum director Vincent Pomarede says could be damaged in transit. The last time the masterpiece travelled outside of France was in 1963 when it was exhibited at the National Gallery of Washington and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Italian claim to the painting is also open to debate. Leonardo is thought to have begun the portrait of Lisa del Giocondo, the wife of a rich Tuscan silk merchant, in Florence in 1503. But art experts believe he took the painting with him when he moved to France in 1516. Later the French Royal Family took ownership and after the French Revolution it went on show in the Louvre. Now the French Government owns the painting. It is not the first time the Italian love for the enigmatic portrait has caused controversy. In 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre and discovered two years later in Florence at the home of Italian art lover, painter and former Louvre employee, Vincenzo Peruggia. The Italians bowed to the French and returned the artwork to the Louvre after showing it briefly, first at the Uffizi and then in Rome. Vincenti, however, remains optimistic. He has even cited Filippetti’s Italian origins as a factor that may help her understand Italy’s motives in asking for France to give back the masterpiece – a gesture he said would have “high historical value, both symbolic and moral”.

230-million-year-old Insects Found in the Italian Alps


Woman crashes Fiat 500 into tax office to vent anger, blamed taxes for her driving her into foreclosure (ANSA)

Chiavari (Genoa) - A 40-year-old woman smashed her Fiat 500 car into the plate-glass window of a tax collection agency last Tuesday. The woman, an Albanian citizen who manages a cafe' in a town near Genoa, was exasperated by heavy taxes that she felt drove her to foreclosure. There were six employees inside the Chiavari tax office at the time of the incident. None were injured. The driver was taken to the emergency room in a state of shock and then to the police station. Police said that the woman will undergo a psychiatric exam.

Italian Olive-oil Producers under Threat from US firms (Italy Magazine)

Italian olive-oil firms may soon have to slug it out with those in the US to maintain their market dominance. According to a report by California-based Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, American olive-oil producers are expected to capture 5% of the lucrative olive-oil market in the US over the next five years. The American olive-oil market is the third largest for consumption in the world and such an increase would hit Italian producers. At present 99% of olive oil consumed in the US is imported, mostly from Europe, and Italian imports count for the lion’s share at 51%. Italy also dominates the top end of the market with its sales of extra-virgin olive oil. But American producers are expanding: California has 30,013 acres of olive trees and is expected to add 5,000 acres a year until 2020. Although Rabobank analysts forecast that olive-oil sales in the US will grow 2.5% a year until 2015, with Americans set to produce more olive oil and of better quality, the traditional leaders in the industry – Italy, Spain and Greece – are set to face a battle to hold their ground. The top three European producers are also vulnerable to increasing competition from Morocco, Tunisia, Australia and Chile. As the New World is no longer a shy virgin in the olive-oil production, so Italy will have to look to efficiencies in production and market itself as the knowing beauty if it wants to maintain its market lead in what traditionally been an important industry for the country.

Hundreds queue for free McDonald's in Milan, Fast-food joint to close its doors after 20 years

(Italy Magazine)

A group of scientists lead by American Museum of Natural History curator David Grimaldi has published their discovery of two amber-encased, 230-millionyear-old insects from the Dolomite mountains in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dating back to the Triassic period, the era of early dinosaurs and the mega-continent Pangea, the newly uncovered mites are 100 million years older than the oldest amber-encased insects known to the world before this discovery. Out of 70.000 2-to-6mm droplets of amber from outcroppings in the Dolomite mountains, excavated by Eugenio Ragazzi and Guido Roghi of the University of Padua, three droplets were found to contain two mites and a portion of a fly. Arthropods, a group encompassing spiders, flies, and other joint-legged insects, first evolved 250 million years ago, after one of the most devastating extinction periods in earth's history. Amber fossilisation, which has preserved the two new mite specimens in great detail, allows scientists to examine the earliest forms of arthropods. Though the recently-discovered specimens have two fewer legs and modified mouths, they are otherwise identical to modern gall mites, found in bubbles on plant leaves. The fact that these very early examples of arthropod evolution are so similar to modern mites has challenged scientific notions of the gradual progression of evolution.


Milan, October 16 - Hundreds of people queued for a free meal at McDonald's in Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele on Tuesday as the local branch of the fast-food franchise prepared to close its doors indefinitely. The queue reportedly stretched the length of the glamorous shopping gallery and into Piazza del Duomo. McDonald's decided to offer a free hamburger, portion of french fries and drink to its customers between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to mark the closure, reportedly made necessary by a decision by Milan city council not to renew the rental contract on the premises occupied by the outlet for 20 years. Many customers left messages of thanks on a wall of the fast-food restaurant made available for the purpose.

Join Health Promotion's 4-week Tobacco Cessation Class and learn how to kick the habit. Wednesday's November 7- 28 from 2-3 p.m. NAS I Midtown Classroom To register or for more information about one-on-one appointments call 624-4710.




26, 2012

Patrol Squ

BY YN1 Patrol Squ


atro ciat aut Roman Am Equipp petty office communit ning severa forded Sail back” to th “The c than 50 yea officer. “It’ ging good


26, 2012



uadron NINE (VP-) First Class Petty Officer Association celebrated the Navy’s 237th birthday by beautifying Catania’s Gioeni Park and preserving a historic Roman Amphitheater. (Photos courtesy of VP-9)


ol Squadron NINE (VP-9) First Class Petty Officer Assotion (FCPOA) celebrated the Navy’s 237th birthday by betifying Catania’s Gioeni Park and preserving a historic mphitheater located downtown, October 13. ped with trash bags and plenty of manpower, 18 first class ers and two junior officers volunteered four hours during a ty relations (COMREL) event. The mission focused on clearal Catania areas that hold archeological ruins. The event aflors the opportunity to bond with the community and “give heir host city. citizens of Catania have supported the U.S. Navy for more ars,” said Commander Craig Mattingly, VP-9’s commanding ’s an honor and privilege to be in their neighborhoods, forwill and showing appreciation to our host nation. Our Sai-

lors are building international relations with those who they would otherwise never get a chance to meet.” The event offered Sailors a change of pace from their otherwise arduous schedule supporting efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Sailors were joined by Sicilian volunteers from the Catania West Rotaract Club, “Istituto Tecnico Regionale” high school and “Nuova Acropoli.” Sicilian media and Assessore Carmencita Santagati, the City of Catania Chairman of Environment and Ecology, praised the efforts of the American and Italian volunteers who cleaned-up some of the local community’s most beloved areas of the city. “COMREL events give us the chance to interact with the Sicilian people and let them know we really care,” said Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) First Class Ronald L. Lilley, VP-9 FCPOA

president. “It makes me proud to see my fellow Golden Eagles give up their liberty to work side-by-side with local residents.” COMREL events have long been a part of Navy tradition and assist in earning public support and understanding of a squadron’s operations and mission. “The amphitheater clean-up provided us the opportunity to make a positive impact on both the local community and the historical preservation of the great City of Catania,” said Lieutenant Thomas M. Shannon, VP-9 Naval flight officer. “Community involvement is something I am very passionate about and witnessing the FCPOA bond together as a team and work with the Gioeni Park crew was a wonderful experience.” Patrol Squadron NINE, homeported at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, supports maritime patrol, reconnaissance and theater security cooperation.




26, 2012

Find your way ...

Friday, 26 OCT 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. *Lunch: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Lasagna, Tempura Fish, Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, Calico Cabbage, Herbed Broccoli, Strawberry Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Fruit Gelatin. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Egg Drop Soup, Chicken Cacciatore, Rice Pilaf, Fish Portion, Southern Green Beans, Savory Squash, Strawberry Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Fruit Gelatin.

Tuesday, 30 OCT 12 *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Grilled Sausage Patties, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Blueberry Muffins. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder Soup, Sauerbraten, Pork Chops Breaded, Steamed Rice, Oven Brown Potatoes, Asparagus, Carrots, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Pie. *Speed line: Corn Dog. Dinner: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Yankee Pot Roast, Pasta w/tomato sauce, Baked Potatoes, Spanish Style Beans, Carrots Slices, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Pie.

Saturday, 27 OCT 12 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Crumb Cake. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Chicken Gumbo Soup, Roast Pork, Cottage Fried Potatoes, Tossed Green Rice, Peas w/ Carrots, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Brown Gravy, Velvet Pound Cake, Vanilla Cream Pie. *Dinner: Zesty Bean Soup, Lasagna, Fish Portion, Steamed Rice, Home Fried Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Savory Style Beans, Chicken Gravy, Velvet Pound Cake, Vanilla Cream Pie.

Wednesday, 31 OCT 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Bear Claw. *Lunch: Beef Noodle Soup, Lasagna, Fish w/ Cherry Tomato Sauce, Steamed Rice, Franconia Potatoes, Cream Style Corn, Mix Vegetable, Almond Cookies, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Pudding. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: French Onion Soup, Baked Chicken, Steamed Rice, Spaghetti Garlic & Oil, Potatoes Au Gratin, Club Spinach, Steamed Peas & Carrots, Almond Cookies, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Pudding.

Sunday, 28 OCT 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Italian Croissant. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Knickerbockers Soup, Steamed Rice, Chicken Nuggets, Corn O’Brien, Green Beans, Marble Cake, Sugar Cookies. *Dinner: Nutty Split Pea Soup, Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Spaghetti garlic & Oil, Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Steamed Asparagus, Natural Pan Gravy, Marble Cake, Sugar Cookies.

Thursday, 01 NOV 12 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Raisin Muffin. *Lunch: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Roast Pork loin, Pasta al Forno, Steamed Rice, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Seasoned Mix Vegetables, Club Spinach, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cherry Cobbler. *Speed line: Pizza. *Dinner: Tomato Bouillon Soup, Grilled Cheeseburgers, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Rice Pilaf, Natural Pan Gravy, Green Beans, Corn Kernel, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cherry Cobbler.

Monday, 29 OCT 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Ham Slice, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. *Lunch: Chicken Gumbo Soup, Beef Yakisoba, Pasta al Forno, Steamed Rice, Oven Browned Potatoes, Green Peas, Seasoned Summer Squash, Spice Cake w/ Frosting, Vanilla Cookies, Fruit Gelatin. *Speed line: Pizza Ass. *Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Savory Baked Chicken, Pork Fried Rice, Linguine Carbonara, Lima Beans, Broccoli Parmesan, Spice Sake w/ Frosting, Vanilla Cookies, Fruit Gelatin.

Friday, 02 NOV 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. *Lunch: Chicken Corn Chowder, Baked Fish, Meat Loaf, Paprika Buttered Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Fried Okra, Spiced Cake w/ Frosting, Crisp Drop Cookies. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Cacciatore, Spaghetti garlic & Oil, Tossed Green Rice, Corn O’Brien, Lima Beans, Spiced Cake w/ Frosting, Crisp Drop Cookies.



26, 2012


MidtOwn MOvie tHeaters SCHEDULE & DESCRIPTIONS Wednesday, October 31 Happy Halloween! 5:00 PM Frankenweenie 3D 5:30 PM Resident Evil (2002) 7:30 PM ParaNorman 3D 8:00 PM Halloween 2 (2009)


ARGO………………………..……..R STARRING:Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free 6 Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. (120 m.)

Thursday, November 1 5:00 PM Hotel Transylvania 3D 5:30 PM Expendables 2 7:30 PM Looper 8:00 PM Hit & Run

Friday, October 26 5:00 PM Frankenweenie 3D 5:30 PM ParaNorman 7:30 PM Total Recall 8:00 PM Expendables 2


Saturday, October 27 2:00 PM Frankenweenie 3D 2:30 PM Odd Life of Timothy 4:30 PM Hotel Transylvania 3D 5:00 PM Bourne Legacy 7:30 PM Hit & Run


Sunday, October 28 2:00 PM ParaNorman 3D 2:30 PM Frankenweenie 4:30 PM Odd Life of Timothy 5:00 PM Premium Rush 7:30 PM Looper


Tuesday, October 30 5:00 PM Odd Life of Timothy 5:30 PM Total Recall 7:30 PM Bourne Legacy 8:00 PM Campaign

PG PG-13 PG-13 R


Set in Depression-era Franklin Co., VA, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy who want a cut of their profits. (116 m.)

Friday, November 2 No School 2:00 PM Wreck-It Ralph 3D 5:00 PM Wreck-It Ralph 3D 5:30 PM Frankenweenie 7:30 PM Lawless 8:00 PM Premium Rush


Saturday, November 3 2:00 PM ParaNorman 3D 2:30 PM Odd Life of Timothy 4:30 PM Wreck-It Ralph 3D 5:00 PM The Possession 7:30 PM Argo


Sunday, November 4 2:00 PM Wreck-It Ralph 3D 2:30 PM ParaNorman 4:30 PM Premium Rush 5:00 PM Argo 7:30 PM Lawless


LAWLESS……………………..…….R STARRING:Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce



On Halloween night ... Come dressed in costume and get a FREE large popcorn while you enjoy a horror movie.

THE POSSESSION........………….PG-13 STARRING:Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. (92 m.)

WRECK-IT RALPH………..…....…..PG STARRING: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. (108 m.)

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





Find the words! Afraid Banshee Black Cat Boo Bones Broom Brimstone Candy Candy Corn Cat Caldron Cemetery Cloak Cobwebs CoďŹƒn Conjure Costume Creepy Crypt Curses Eerie Frankenstein Freaky Fright Goblin Goose Bumps Grim Reaper

Haunt Howl Jack O Lantern Maggot Magic Mask Monster Mummy Phantom Potions Pumpkin Sarcophagus Scream Skeleton Spider Supernatural Superstition Terror Tomb Trick Or Treat Twilight Vampire Voodoo Witch Wart Wizard Zombie


26, 2012


26, 2012




HAPPY HALLOWEEN Did you know? The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween. The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.



AUTOMOBILES 1993 Mercedes E320 6 Cyl. Excellent condition. Sell for $2,500. Negotiable to $1,800 if let drive until 9 Nov. 2012 AFI plated leather interior, stereo with iPod access, power amp, A/C, tires 1 yr. old, floor jack, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and battery starter. Contact Frank Smith at 092375-1034/night or 329-921-5435/cell. 1998 VW Passat GLS 1.8T Sedan, great looking, reliable car, 4-cyl Turbo 5speed Manual, ABS Traction Control, A/C and heat work well, CD. Maintenance records: Timing belt, water pump/belts, fuel filter, Anti-freeze, battery, tires, regular oil changes, but power locks and dom light currently not working. $3,300. For more info call Ben, 339-708-7807. 1999 BMW 320 Convertible in great condition. New soft top, pop-on BMW hard top for rainy season, new paint job with "Clear Coat" paint sealer, new sports wheels with locks and tires, new struts/shocks and bushings, new glass head light assembly w/HID's. New CD/radio and upgraded speakers, new

radiator, hoses, belts, window's tinted, new Piranha car alarm with remote lock/open, sports exhaust. Fitted BMW car cover, new battery, filters, plugs. Recently tuned up. More than $9,000 in "add-ons." KBB is $9,200. Asking only $7,600. Call Gary at 335-706-5400. 2002 BMW 320d touring 4 door luxury,metallic blu, tan leather interior,navigation system,gps, Eight cd charger,Eight airbags, alarm, 17"wheels,fully loaded, lights,steering wheel comands,telephone on board,engine runs great, mechanicaly perfect, just tuned up, 45 mls with 1gal. Excellent island car. Asking 6,000 euro. For more info, call Tom at 338821-7390.

NOTICE American Red Cross is hosting a Donation Drive, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 for Wolverine Troops deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), from Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2013. The Wolverine Troops are are a group of 35 infantrymen in a Pathfinder unit from the 25th ID. FCO. 2-25 AVN who operate in ways ranging from air as-

sault missions to PR (Personnel Recovery) missions, including sling load operations. They are in need of some holiday cheer. Donate: holiday cards (Bring these to the Red Cross office), dominoes, playing cards, adult board games, Suduko books, crossword puzzle books, magazines, gloves, warm hats/scarves, snacks, toiletries, or anything else you can think of to cheer them up. Donation boxes are in the Middle School, Chapel and the Red Cross office. Drop off between 8-3:30 p.m. Mon- Thurs. Thanks in advance for your support.



26, 2012

Achilles (a.k.a. Lucky), male, 3-monthold puppy, black and brown, est. medium-sized, German Shepherd mix, still recovering from surgery on his back leg so he requires a family that can be gentle with him until he is recovered. Malibu & Harper, female, small, kittens, 5-months, shy at first but enjoy to be petted, needs a 2nd shot. To volunteer, adopt or foster, visit or

Six puppies, male and female, brown, 8 weeks old, est. medium-sized.

PA I D   A D S

Mario & Luigi, male, est. medium, 5months, puppies, will do well with any family, current on shots, microchipped.

You can adopt while posted overseas. International & fostercare adoptions, homestudies.

Jax, female, small cat, black and orange, loves people and other cats, shy at first but warms up quickly, current on shots, microchipped, and spayed.

apartment For rent (110 sq. meters) in motta s. anastasia downtown: open large dining room & kitchen area (New furnished kitchen), 2 bedrooms, family bathroom with shower over bath. Garage and parking, large balcony from where a nice view on the castle and countryside can be enjoyed. For info Cell. (+39) 348-515-1384 (Claudia),

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).



26, 2012

Fleet and Family Support Center Administration Bldg. Bldg. 319 (NAS I)

Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. DSN 624-4291 Commercial 095-56-4291

Domestic violence and emotional abuse Domestic violence should not happen to anybody. Ever. Period. But it does - and when it does, the Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) is there is help. October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Domestic violence is not just an adult problem. It affects our kids and everyone in the community. Every 15 seconds, an act of domestic violence occurs in the United States. Domestic violence crosses all ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and sexual orientation boundaries. Breaking the silence and the cycle of domestic violence involves everyone. The FFSC provides education and support services to stop the violence. They help intervene and provide resources as well as explain the process of getting help. Today, there are many resources where victims can get help.

There are hotlines, such as Military One Source, Chaplain Services, and FFSC Services. FFSC can help victims of domestic violence as well as abusers to stop the cycle of violence. The FFSC offers Counseling and Life Skills Workshops in the areas of stress management, anger management, parenting, and personal finance management, just to name a few. The purpose of having October designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to raise awareness of the abuse occurring in our own community and to rally around those affected not just during the month of October, but all year long. For more information, contact the FFSC FAP at 6244291. Other resources available to victims of Domestic Violence are Base Chaplains, Military Chain of Command, Base Health Care Providers, and Military One Source at 1-800-342-9647

Sexual Assault Prevention Hotlines Sigonella SAPR VA Hotline:335-642-8312 Or:26020 (toll-free access code) 1-877-995-5247 (From DSN lines) DoD SAFE Helpline: 001-877-995-5247 (From cell phones and o-base telephones)





26, 2012

The October 26 issue of The Signature  

In this week’s issue of The Signature, we look at NAS Sigonella service members in U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella’s “Healthy & Fit” program,...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you