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Vol. 33 No. 39

Savings for the Future: National Energy Awareness By Antonio piluso Installation Energy Manager

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily – October is National Energy Awareness Month and the Federal government wants to make it the month of clean energy awareness events, highlighting the good work done for a sustainable future. As you probably already know, the Federal government is the single largest domestic user of energy; Federal agencies impact every energy-consuming sector of our economy — commercial, industrial, residential, agricultural, and transportation.

As the FY16 Energy Biggest Loser winner, NAS Sigonella must lead the Region in energy savings. As stated in the Presidential Directive on Energy Conservation at Federal Facilities, “…the Federal government should set a good example of conservation by reducing its own energy use…” The Federal Energy Management Program office has developed two checklists to help in your agency’s efforts to reduce energy shortages and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. The NASSIG community has to show positive action toward energy awareness, conservation,

and efficiency. This is also a key to mitigating the adverse budgetary and operational impact of the current energy situation. Don’t forget why we do all this: • Saves taxpayers' money; • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions; • Protects the environment and natural resources; and • Contributes to the preservation of our national security. For ways to help reduce your energy consumption, check out the Home Energy Checklist included below.



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Direct Line

Command Master Chief Mike Kaszubowski Saluti, Sigonella! I hope everyone is doing well and had a great three-day weekend! The Navy Ball is tonight and I am excited to celebrate our Navy’s birthday. I have no doubt it is going to be a great time! Something else to look forward to is the grand opening of our new USO. As some, if not most of you know, we now have a USO on base. While the official opening isn’t until Oct. 19, it is already up and running and doing great things for the Sigonella community. What is the USO and what do they do? The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. For nearly 75 years, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition

back to their communities, the USO has always been by their side. Today’s USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their mission. USO centers operate at or near military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even un-staffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy. USO airport centers throughout the country offer around-theclock hospitality for traveling service members and their families. Their trademark USO tours bring America and its celebrities to service members who are assigned far from home, to entertain them and convey the support of the nation. And many specialized programs offer a continuum of support to service members throughout their journey of service, from the first time we don the uniform until the last time we take it off. The USO is not part of the federal government. A congressionally

chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish our mission of connection. Just prior to the onset of America’s involvement in World War II in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to unite several service associations into one organization to lift the morale of our military and nourish support on the home front. Those entities – the Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board - became the United Service Organizations or USO. Please come to the USO and see what they have to offer or even what you can offer. Remember, the USO is made possible through volunteers.

Our USO is located at the NAS 2 air terminal. As soon as you walk through the doors it’s hard to miss, right by the baggage check-in area. Come on over, have a coke and enjoy some free Wi-Fi! As always Sigonella, Lead yourself exceptionally well, Create opportunities for others to succeed and Have a positive attitude. See you around the base.

AutumnFest 2016

Q: Who can come to the event? A: AutumnFest is an open base event accessible to the public. Q: How do guests gain access to the base? A: All non-DoD sponsored personnel must enter via the Annex Gate. Guests without a base ID will not be authorized on the installation through the primary entry control point (Main Gate). Q: What time will the Annex Gate be open for visitor traffic? A: Beginning at 1700. Q: What are the base entry restrictions? A: Pets, glass bottles, containers, backpacks, contraband (including box cutters or other sharp objects) are STRICTLY PROHIBITED from being brought onto the base. Q: When will the parking lots on base be secured in preparation for AutumnFest? A: The Fitness Center/Connections parking lot will be secured starting Oct. 16 at 2359; the CDC parking lot will be secured starting Oct. 18 at 2359, and the Community Recreation parking lot will be secured starting Oct. 18 at 2359. Vehicles parked in secured locations after the times listed above will be towed at owner’s expense. These areas will be secured until after the event has concluded and the parking lots have been cleaned. Q: What kinds of bags are not allowed on base? A: Coolers and backpacks will not be authorized. Bags exceeding a 12"x 6"x 12" dimension also will not be allowed to enter the base. Authorized bags will be allowed after they have been screened. Q: What about strollers and diaper bags for those with small children? A: Strollers will be allowed for caretakers of small children after screening. The same applies to diaper bags long as they are not in exceedance of the 12"x 6"x 12" dimensions. Q: What is considered contraband? A: Knives of any size, BB guns (Air Soft), sling shots, fireworks of any kind, drugs, and any other items the CO deems as contraband on the installation. We require guests to use common sense. If the item presents a potential threat to the base, do not attempt to bring it to the event.

Q: Will parking be provided inside the base for the general populace? A: No. Parking for general populace will be provided for a small fee outside the gate. Please make appropriate arrangements to include carpooling. Q: Where can guests find event parking outside the base? A: For a small fee business owners directly across the NAS 1 Main Entrance have agreed to provide parking in their lots. We kindly ask that guests do not park on SS-192, the street that runs in front of the NAS 1 installation. Q: Will alcohol be served? A: Yes, and we want all guests to have a great time. However, please know that random Breathalyzers will be administered to guests leaving the gate. Legal actions will be taken against those who are driving and have exceeded the legal limit of alcohol intake. Simply stated, if you are driving, do not consume any alcohol. Q: Will smoking be permitted at the event? A: Yes, however smoking is limited to the designated smoking area identified on the event map.

Q: Will restrooms be available at the event? A: Yes, and the locations will be identified on the event map. Q: Will shuttle services run in the triangle? A: Yes. The shuttle will run between 1545 and 0030 on Friday, as well as 1630 and 0030 on Saturday. For specific departures of the shuttle bus, please refer to the schedule that was sent via All Hands Message. The shuttle will pick-up and drop-off riders at NAS 1 in the loop near the DODDS School; at NAS 2 in front of the Flight Clinic; and at Marinai at the first bus stop inside of the main gate near the Youth Center. Q: Will non-ID holders be able to enter the NEX and Commissary? A: No. Non-ID holders are not allowed to purchase NEX or Commissary items. Q: Anything else? A: Yes. Please use caution while transiting to and from NAS 1 as there will be increased traffic and parked vehicles outside of the installation. For more event information, please visit or call 624-4777 (+39-095-56-4777).


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THE SIGNATURE U.S. NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA Commanding Officer Capt. Brent Trickel Executive Officer Cmdr. Charles G. McKinney II Command Master Chief CMDCM Mike Kaszubowski

Navy Fleet Post Office (FPO) Mail DO NOT: • Send items to advertise home business, to sell merchandise, to conduct business, or for commercial purposes through the Military Postal Service (MPS). (DoD 4525.6M, C3. • Receive items through MPS intended for re-sale. (DoD 4525.6M, C3. • Re-sale prohibition applies whether sale is to authorized MPS customer. (DoD 4525.6M, AP1.2.4) • Act as an intermediary for any person not specifically authorized MPS service. (DoD 4525.6M, AP1.2.1) • Lose your MPS privileges by receiving mail intended for re-sale or to conduct a home business. (DoD 4525.6M, AP1.3.24.2) DO: • Only send and receive items through MPS intended for your exclusive use. (NATO SOFA Article XI, p4) • Abide by the customer agreement signed by all MPS customers during NASSIG Indoc, stating customers will not “use customs and tax privileges to purchase tax-exempt merchandise for profit or personal gain”.

Name: PO1 Nicholas Neal Dept: AIMD Sigonella Hometown: Corona, Calif. At the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), Petty Officer Nicholas Neal is a production controller who oversees all maintenance in, between and out of AIMD. Neal has to coordinate within different divisions in AIMD for where equipment must go and the people assigned to do the maintenance. It is no small job. "I work with 15 people and we strive to do our best every day. My work ethic is not to treat my job as simply a pay check. I aim to perform at 110% and I believe that eventually it will pay off." When Neal first enlisted, his sights were set on college until he fell in love with his job and the Navy. "The Navy has allowed me to pursue my education and travel which ultimately has been extremely beneficial for me." Deployments and port visits are one way to travel, but Neal has taken

advantage of the travel opportunities while being stationed in Sicily. He has been to mainland Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Poland, the Netherlands, England, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. "I don't have a favorite because I love them all. My wife and I like to visit the iconic landmarks of a city like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam."

Having to leave his friends and family back in San Diego is the hardest part about being stationed overseas for Neal. Neal and his family have lived in San Diego almost his entire Navy career and his hometown, Corona, is only an hour and a half away. Despite missing family and friends back home, Neal says, "We're making it worthwhile here by traveling and sightseeing."

EDITORIAL Public Affairs Officer Lt. Andriana Genualdi Assistant Public Affairs Officer Nicole Ybarra Community Relations Officer Dott. Alberto Lunetta PAO Staff Writers \ Photographers PO2 Ramon Go YN2 Gabrielle Milly CONTACT US Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily DSN 624-5440; 095-86-5440 PSC 812 Box 7, FPO, AE 09627-0001 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 factorof 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 mil, 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.



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Sigonella Soccer Team Faces Off Against HMS Diamond Soccer Team By Jennifer Hayley

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily – On Sept. 22, NAS Sigonella’s soccer team played a friendly match against the Royal Navy’s HMS Diamond men’s soccer team. While this was not the first time the two teams had competed, it is the first loss for Sigonella in the series. HMS Diamond dominated the entire match with a final score of zero to a lot. If asked the official score, I will recall it as a tie. We played two 45-minute halves with a break in between on a field with no lines, one referee, and plenty of supporters for both teams in the stands. Two supporters in particular stood out in the crowd: NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Brent Trickel, and HMS Diamond Commanding Officer, Cdr. Marcus Hember. In the first half, NAS Sigonella was able to keep the score close due to keeper Dustin Gilroy’s efforts. His first impressive save occurred midway through the first half where he jumped and only barely tipped the ball above the upper post. Music started playing and everyone was running and cheering in slow motion. His next big save was a horizontal dive to the left side-post where he batted the ball with one hand mid-air. Gilroy had many more dramatic saves during the game, which kept the score in my recollection to a tie. Coach Marlon Gomez was refereeing the first half of the match, so NAS Sigonella was without a coach on the sidelines. It proved difficult for Sigonella to coordinate substitutions and create offensive attacks. Luckily, Peter Obeng stepped up to lead the charge. His knowledge of the players’ talent and skill sets enabled him to effectively coach the team through switching players’ positions, calling for substitutions, and creating offensive tactical plays. The second half of the international friendly

match between NAS Sigonella and HMS Diamond offered a few surprises for on-lookers as it was a bit more physical than the first, a new referee stepped into the match, followed by a lot more scoring (maybe this was no surprise). Sigonella’s only goal, to tie the game of course, was scored by Alejandro Castillo 10 minutes into the half. The new referee, name unknown, from the HMS Diamond was initially in the stands supporting his team. We appreciated him volunteering his services. It was easy to see the British team needed to blow off some much needed steam after being

underway for a few weeks. At the final whistle blow both teams shook hands, smiled, and congratulated each other on a game well played. Special thanks to the NATO German team for coming out and playing, as well as all the fans who came out to support an exciting match, all in an effort to continue building relations worldwide. The NAS Sigonella soccer team is holding open practice try outs at 1630 on Wednesdays at the NAS II Turf Field. For more information contact Marlon Gomez at 624-6261.

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 the Nurse Advice Line at 800-877-660 (local/Italy only) Need a medication refill or results from your Provider? Create an account with Relay Health using your PCM... (click: register, patient, then add PCM)

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Wasps and Weather Threaten Italian Chestnuts by The Local

The sight, smell and taste of roasted chestnuts are one of the hallmarks of an Italian autumn - but production of the nuts has hit a "historic low" in 2016. A combination of unfavourable weather and parasites targeting chestnut trees has led to a huge drop in production this year, Italian farmers' organization Coldiretti warned on Saturday. In Salerno, the top location for chestnut farming, chestnut production could fall by as much as 90 percent, the local branch of Coldiretti said. The organization labelled the drop a "disaster" and met with local farmers over the weekend "to work out solutions in order to save the season". Chestnuts are produced in all of Italy's regions, but the majority are produced in the south, which has been badly affected by drought. The trees have also been plagued by parasitic Chinese gall wasps, which were first recorded in Piedmont in 2002 and spread throughout the country. While northern areas have begun to recover, Coldiretti said that the wasps were responsible for "a real massacre" in the south. Across the country, a historically low 20 million kg of chestnuts are expected to be produced. That compares to around 60 million in the early 2000's and 82 million a century ago. "The situation affects not only producers but the whole supply chain, and many companies struggle to produce the minimum income needed to survive," Coldiretti warned. Italy is likely to import chestnuts from neighbouring countries such as Spain, Portugal and Albania to meet demand; in 2015, around 32 million kg were imported, compared to just 6 million in 2010. However, the farmers' organization warned that these imported nuts may be passed off as Italian or even local produce, pushing prices down for Italian producers and compounding the problem. To help protect farmers, Coldiretti Salerno has called for increased checks on the origin of chestnuts sold in Italy, and for a new regional law to protect the product, offering farmers compensation. Chestnut trees, which make up ten percent of all Italian forests, are important not only because of the nuts themselves, but also for maintaining geological balance in hilly and mountainous areas. 'Made in Italy' under threat In September, Coldiretti warned that 'made in Italy' olive oil was often anything but, with imported oils often passed off as Italian or sold in misleading packaging. The organization called for more checks to be put in place in order to protect Italian farmers, who are struggling due to the competition with cheaper foreign oils. To make matters worse, year of bad weather led to a 38 percent drop in olive oil production in Italy, another historic low. And Italian wines could also be under threat due to the impact of climate change; grapes are one of the most weather-sensitive crops and thrive in Italy thanks to its long, hot summers and cool, dry winters. But a 2013 study by Conservation International warned that if trends continue at the current rate,Italy's famed wines could soon disappear from our tables.

Spaghetti bolognese has been ruined by the British, says Chef Antonio Carluccio Story by The Independent

Spaghetti bolognese has been ruined by the British and it now tastes nothing like the original, according to top Italian chef Antonio Carluccio. The 79-year-old founder of the Carluccio's restaurant chain said our interpretation of the classic dish from Bologna is "not at all right" because we pack it full of herbs when there shouldn't actually be any. Italians don't even use spaghetti, he said, where the dish is known as tagliatelle bolognese and can be made with just eight ingredients. “When you think Italy, you start to put oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, which is not at all right," he told the Cheltenham Literature Festival. “You should do this: oil, onion, two types of meat - beef and pork - and you practically brown this, then you put the tomatoes, then a bit of wine, including tomato paste, and then you cook it for three hours.

Celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio has recently criticized the British interpretation of the “Spaghetti alla Bolognese” dish. (Photo by

"That is it. Nothing else. Grate Parmesan on the top and Bob’s your uncle." He's not the first chef to knock some of Britain's more freewheeling interpretations of the dish. Massimo Bottura, the chef at three-Michelinstar Modena restaurant Osteria Francescana said there are "some crazy versions" around. Rome-based chef Alfredo Tomaselli said some versions in Britain have "nothing at all" to do with the original. The dish's official recipe - drawn up by the Italian Academy of Cooking at the request of the region's Chamber of Commerce - contains

only beef, pancetta, onions, carrots, celery, tomato paste, white wine and milk. The reason for tagliatelle over spaghetti is because the sauce sticks better to flatter pasta. Carluccio also railed against foodie trends during his talk, saying: "In Italy [food is] not fashionable, I hate the word fashionable for food because one day it will be lentils that are fashionable, the other day they are not. "Food is all the same, you cook it when you have it, when it is at the peak of the season and knowing the cuisine well, you cook it at any time that you want not simply because it is just a fashionable thing."

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event Brings Out Real Emotion By Ed Wright Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Amidst purple ribbons and tears of sadness for a former colleague who was a victim in a domestic violence homicide earlier in the year, Navy Installations Command (NIC) held a proclamation signing and remembrance event Oct. 5 to help bring in October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The remembrance event was held at the Washington Navy Yard, where Commander, Navy Installations Command, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith signed the proclamation to help educate personnel on the dangers and effects of domestic violence. "Our dedicated Fleet and Family Support Centers' staffs encourage our Sailors, their families and the whole Navy community to nurture healthy relationships while providing programs and services to prevent domestic violence," said Smith. According to the proclamation, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is intended to inform the community about the damage caused to individuals, children, longterm health care, work productivity and community safety from domestic violence. Before the signing, a formal tribute event was held in honor of former NIC employee Naomi Howell, who lost her life in January to domestic violence. Howell was remembered with a ceremony that included a moment of silence, and the attendees were asked to keep an electric candle lit on their desk today to "let her light shine throughout the day" and represent all victims of domestic violence. William Kellibrew, a victim of domestic violence when he was 10 years old, was the guest speaker and spoke of his personal tragedy. "My mother's boyfriend shot my mother in front of me, and then he proceeded to shoot my brother," said Kellibrew. "Then he came to me and he put the gun to my head and I said, 'Please don't kill me' and for some reason he pulled the gun back and told me I could leave." Navy Installations Command has a wide variety of resources to support Sailors and their families and wants everyone to know about those services that may be of help. Support services are for family members, and not exclusively for someone who is in trouble. Many times an individual may know of someone who needs help and can provide a tremendous amount of support by knowing where and how to get them in touch with the right person or program.

Commander, Navy Installations Command, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, signs a Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation at the Washington Navy Yard headquarters. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is intended to inform the community about the damage cuased to indiviuals, children, long-term health care, work productivity and community safety from domestic violence. (U. S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Belanger/Released)

"Family advocacy is a congressionally-mandated program that provides prevention and intervention to military families that are involved in domestic abuse," said Lolita Allen, Family Advocacy program manager. "We provide services in terms of treatment for offenders and victims, and for children who have witnessed domestic violence." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: * In America, one woman is fatally shot by a spouse, ex-spouse or dating partner every 14 hours. * On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. * 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. * 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. * 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by

an intimate partner during their lifetime, to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. * Three to 10 million children are witness to domestic violence in their homes, and research has shown children who witness domestic violence and do not get help are more likely to become victims or perpetrators of future abuse. * Nearly 3/4 of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Installation Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSCs), located across the Navy both within the United States and overseas, have licensed clinical counselors who can provide services and support to help couples build their relationship skills and work through common relationship problems -- for example, parenting challenges through every stage of a child's life, according to Allen. For more information about where to go for assistance, individuals may call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit http://www.thehotline. org/.

The Navy Wants to Hear From You By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy is soliciting feedback from all Sailors for the biennial Pregnancy and Parenthood Survey. The purpose of the survey is to help implement new policies and improve existing ones to better serve the entire fleet, Sailors, and their families. Survey data and comments will inform a wide variety of important issues, from career development and work-life balance, to adoption leave and family planning. The 2016 survey began in August and will close on Nov. 20, 2016. A random sampling of 33,000 Active Duty service members was identified to participate in the survey, and is voluntary. Notification and reminder letters were mailed to participants, and a final reminder email will be sent in early October. The survey has occurred regularly since 1988 to gauge the overall readiness of the Navy and the present-day impact of policies on Sailors. The survey gives Sailors the opportunity to voice their opinions concerning work-life balance issues relating to family and is the primary source by which the

Navy tracks data and attitudes relating to these topics. Navy leadership strongly encourages invitees to participate in the survey and provide their valuable feedback to the Navy. Survey responses are also used to monitor the effectiveness of existing programs, including General Military Training (GMT), the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), and Navy healthcare. While user names are required to log into the web survey, all identifying information will be deleted from the data set during analysis to maintain the anonymity of the respondents. Results will be statistically weighted by pay grade and gender to be representative of the Navy population. A summary of results from the 2014 survey are available at bupers/WomensPolicy/Pages/ResearchStudies.aspx. Results from the 2016 survey are expected to be released in spring 2017. The survey is conducted by the Navy Personnel Research, Studies and Technology (NPRST) Division and Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Questions on the survey may be addressed to Lt. j.g. Chandler Brown, Navy Inclusion and Diversity Assessment Officer, 703-604-5071,



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Cruisin' t BY ramon go

Until last month, the only ships I had been on were those that deploy for months at a time and you don't see land for weeks. As such, I wasn't sure what to expect on a 13-day cruise to Spain and Portugal with my brother but looked forward to seeing many different cities. The cruise began and ended in Barcelona. From Barcelona we cruised to Palma de Mallorca, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Malaga and finally back to Barcelona. There were so many things to do and see and not enough time! Every day, we were given a schedule of events (plan of the day) that began with volleyball tournaments to a mixology class. Because alcohol is very expensive on the cruiseline, my brother and I tried the mixology class, hoping to try some for free but we ended up making drinks ourselves and downing them. Every night there was a

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the Med live musical performance which had the crowd up and dancing in the aisles, and in their seats. Sure, the majority of the songs catered to the elderly but even us young kids can still appreciate the classics. The beat and rhythm had everyone moving from 80-year-old couples to kids under 10. I ended most of the days with two dinners, so who's to say you can't splurge on dining? After all, I was on vacation. You go to bed and wake up, and you're already at a new port. All the places seemed to merge together because we were always doing something, eating somewhere and buying souvenirs. My favorite city out of all the places I saw is Barcelona. The flamenco shows, Park Guell, and the Dunkin Donuts at Las Ramblas were amazing! I highly recommend a Med cruise.





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All Hands News Bulletin:

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION! U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL SIGONELLA Please pardon our dust, but big changes are happening at U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella! Starting in September 2016, USNH Sigonella's main facility, Building 273, will be undergoing major renovations to increase the functionality, quality, and safety of the building for our patients, staff, and the community. You may have already noticed some minor renovations to administrative areas currently underway. Major construction will begin next week and continue until April 2018. The hospital will receive new flooring in all spaces, an upgraded domestic water piping system, and new public and patient restrooms. Our goal is to limit disruptions to patient care and inconvenience to our patients. All departments will remain operational for the entire period of construction. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this construction may cause. If you have any concerns regarding safety or have questions about the construction in general, please contact our Customer Service Officer via an ICE comment under "Hospital Staff /

The right to vote is an opportunity afforded to Americans living overseas. With the Presidential Election less than 45 days away, it is important for Sigonella voters to closely watch their PSC mailbox and email for their absentee ballots. Given the mail delays that we may experience in Sicily, it is suggested that personnel who have not received their ballot prior to Oct. 10 go online to and select the absentee ballot link to download a ballot. This is already postage paid; once you print the ballot you can take it to the Post Office on NAS 1 or NAS 2 where they will provide you proof of shipping for your ballot. If you have any questions, contact your unit's Voting Assistance Officer or contact Niki McBain at 624-8293/ 095-86-8293 or Jennifer.mcbain@ Make your vote count!


Sigonella Religious Ministries Department Worship Services Phone Numbers: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049, Chaplain Duty: 335-831-4493, RP Duty: 335-786-1950. Facebook page: Air Station Sigonella Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC • Sunday - 9 a.m. Catholic Mass at NAS 1 Chapel • Tuesday - Friday - 11:30 a.m. at NAS 1 or NAS 2 Chapel PROTESTANT WORSHIP SERVICE • Sunday - 11 a.m. Traditional Worship at NAS 1 Chapel; 6 p.m. Non-Denominational Sunday at NAS 2 Chapel • Wednesday - 7 p.m. Bible Study at NAS 2 PROTESTANT MEN OF THE CHAPEL • Wednesdays 6 a.m. @ NAS 1 Fellowship Hall PROTESTANT WOMEN OF THE CHAPEL • Tuesdays - 9 a.m. at NAS 1 Fellowship Hall; Thursdays 5 p.m. @ NAS 1 Fellowship Hall LATTER-DAY SAINTS • Sunday - 1:30 p.m. at NAS 1 Chapel Contact: or 624-9049

CLUB BEYOND • Middle School Club & Small Group - Tuesday - 2:45 - 4:45 p.m. at NAS 1 Chapel • High School Club and Small Group - Wednesdays - 6 - 8 p.m. at Marinai Home Catholic Religious Education • September - June - 10:30 a.m. at DoDDS Knights of Columbus • First Wednesday of the month - 5 p.m. at NAS 2 Chapel NIGHT STUDY • AA Meetings - Monday - 5:30 p.m., 2nd Floor at NAS 1 Chapel; Thursday - 7 p.m. at NAS 2 Chapel • AA Family Group - Tuesday - 7 p.m. at NAS 2 Chapel • Tuesday - Italian Class - 7 p.m. at NAS 1 Chapel Classroom • Tuesday - Awana Club - 4:45 p.m at NAS 1 Chapel

Weekly Traffic Report: October 3 - 10, 2016

Ristorante Bella Etna

Breakfast: $3.45 Mon - Fri: 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. Weekend / Holiday: 7-9 a.m.

Lunch: $5.55 Mon - Fri: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Weekend / Holiday: 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Dinner: $4.85 Mon - Fri: 4 - 6 p.m. Weekend / Holiday: 4-6 p.m.

As a reminder to everyone: There are no PTUs allowed at the Galley. Appropriate athletic gear is authorized at the discretion of the Galley staff. Please remember that for sanitation purposes and for the consideration of other customers, if you have been out for PT, been working out at the gym, or have just been engaged in any physical activity where you and or your clothing has become soiled or sweaty you will be asked to turn around.

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Witness Domestic Abuse? Speak Up! From Military OneSource

Helping victims of domestic abuse can be tough. You might not know how to help, who to talk to or may question whether it's your place to intervene. But domestic abuse is everyone's problem, and if you see something, you need to step up and say something. In order to help, you need to know what to look for and what you can do. Be aware of the signs of domestic abuse. If you notice that someone is afraid of their spouse, or seems anxious about making decisions without their partner's consent, they may be in an abusive relationship. Victims may have unexplained bruises or injuries caused

by pinching, shoving, hitting or grabbing. As abuse often includes threats of violence against a victim or loved ones, victims may become socially isolated and withdraw from friends, family and co-workers. Finally, victims of abuse may receive threatening phone calls and have increased or unexplained absences from work. If you think you know someone who is being abused, you should reach out and offer support. You may hesitate to offer help, because you think it's none of your business or you're afraid that revealing your suspicions will increase the risk of abuse or adversely affect the service member's career. It's important to get

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"DV" continued from Page 12 past these fears, because domestic abuse tends to escalate over time and can be a matter of life and death. You can help by reaching out to the victim and showing your concern for their health and safety. You can encourage them to contact the Family Advocacy Program at 6244291 or +39-095-56-4291 to speak to a counselor, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or call Military OneSource for confidential non-medical counseling at 1-800-342-9647. Victims may be reluctant to report their abuser because they are concerned about consequences to their service member's career. Service members who are victims of abuse may also be reluctant to report and often feel that they should be able to control the situation without help. Let them know there are two reporting options available. If no child abuse has occurred, the victim can choose to make a restricted report by contacting a Family Advocacy Program supervisor or clinician, or healthcare provider. A restricted report allows victims to evaluate their relationship choices while controlling what and how much information is shared with law enforcement and chain of command. Victims can also


make an unrestricted report with the Family Advocacy Program, military police or chain of command if they want an investigation of the abuse and command support. If the victim is in imminent danger of physical abuse, call 911 (off base call 095-86-1911) or your installation law enforcement office. Victims of domestic violence may feel scared, confused and alone. Family Advocacy Program counselors are available to provide confidential information and support tailored to each victim's needs and concerns. Services include safety planning, emotional support, help with military and civilian resources, legal or law enforcement matters and accompaniment to court. Victim advocates help empower victims to understand their options and make decisions about what's best for themselves and their family. For more information, visit Military OneSource at, an official Department of Defense website. The Fleet and Family Support Center offers counseling for individuals, couples and families to help develop healthy relationship skills and address stressful situations. Learn more by contacting the Fleet and Family Support Center at DSN: 624-4291, Commercial: 09556-4291.

Members of the NAS Sigonella community participate in a "Speak Up Against Domestic Violence" 5K Oct. 5. October is domestic violence awareness month. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ramon Go/Released)

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October 14, 2016


Reconnection Workshop: Identifying Depression By Andrea Taylor-Craft American Red Cross Sigonella

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily – The holiday season is rapidly approaching and the “holiday blues” can be a very real problem for members of the Armed Forces and their families. Often times these “blues” can turn into something even more menacing especially when being away from family during the holidays, deploying, or in the midst of a PCS. Building resiliency and learning the signs of depression are keys to preventing this condition that affects millions of people each year. Many people believe seeking assistance for symptoms of depression is a sign of weakness. This could not be farther from the truth.

Building resiliency and learning skills that can help combat depression is like strength training for the brain. The American Red Cross offers workshops designed specifically for military members and their families to help build resiliency and learn skills to fight depression symptoms. These workshops are facilitated by a licensed mental health provider and are completely free and confidential. The next Reconnection Workshop, “Identifying Depression” is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the American Red Cross Classroom, Bldg. 318 on NAS 1. Anyone is welcome to attend. Space is limited so reserve your spot today. Call our office at DSN 624-4900 to sign up. Light refreshments will be served.

American Red Cross Leadership Opportunities The American Red Cross provides exceptional service to our base community, including vital Emergency Communication Messaging, emergency and disaster preparedness education, and morale events. In order to provide these services, we need Leadership volunteers! These volunteers are tasked with supporting and managing the efforts of our various committees to achieve the Red Cross mission. Positions available right now: Youth Engagement Team Lead Support and develop youth volunteerism opportunities! This position is responsible for our youth volunteer program under the direction of our Red Cross Staff and Volunteer Leaders. The Youth Engagement Team Lead mentors and recruits youth volunteers and engages with the local community to provide fun and meaningful opportunities for our youth volunteers. Additional responsibilities include working with the Leadership Team in supporting the Red Cross mission. Red Cross leadership volunteers are routinely offered career-enhancing training opportunities both in-office and around Europe. • Time Commitment: Flexible with occupational surges. On average, this position requires 3-5 hours of work per week. Most work can be done from outside of the office. Attendance at monthly leadership meetings and all volunteer recognition events is expected in addition to supervising youth events. • Qualifications: Excellent organizational and time management skills. Passion and experience in youth activities or mentoring. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Dedication to the values of the Red Cross. Please submit a resume with your qualifications to For more information, contact us at 095-86-4900 or




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