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February 17, 2017

Vol. 34 No. 6

Renovations Complete at NAS Sigonella Navy Lodge By mc2 christopher gordon NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily – For those passing through or recently arriving to NAS Sigonella, the Navy Lodge provides quality accommodation at a competitive price, now with upgraded facilities. The Navy Lodge on NAS 1 recently completed over $2.1 million in renovations. During the yearlong project, all 49 guest rooms were

modernized and the lobby was renovated. Work began in February 2016 and finished in December. During the renovation work, room rates were not affected. “Our main mission is to provide rooms for service members and their families that are PCSing,” said Elizabeth Leavitt, Navy Lodge General Manager. “We always try to keep our rates below per diem so we are able to fully support those families.” Navy Lodge guest rooms received

new mattresses, box springs, carpet, TVs, WiFi, full-sized refrigerators, and a new paint job. The lobby was redesigned and outfitted with new furniture. “I think the rooms are really nice and accommodating,” said Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jessica Vargas, a guest at the Navy Lodge. “It’s nice to have a place that’s so comfortable even when you’re far away from home.” The 49 refurbished rooms consist

The Navy Lodge on NAS 1 recently completed over $2.1 million in renovations. During the year-long project, all 49 guest rooms were modernized and the lobby was renovated. Work began in February 2016 and finished in December. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon/Released)

of two handicap, two business class, three suites, and 42 regular rooms. “The Navy Lodge opened in 1995 and only had a small renovation between 2007 and 2008,” said Leavitt. “It was outdated, the furniture and walls were old, so it needed a new look. With this renovation project, we really brought the rooms into the future.” While the Navy Lodge’s main focus is providing rooms for PCSing families, they also accept official travel (TDY) and, when available, regular leisure stays as well. “Now that the renovations are done, we are happy to book anyone as far as a year out, and we are really looking forward to serving as many families as we can. As soon as you get your orders, give us a call and we’ll get you in,” said Leavitt. The Navy Lodge allows cats and dogs no larger than 75 lbs. to stay as long as they are up to date on their rabies vaccine. For stays with pets longer than seven days a one-time fee of $100 will apply. Another new offering which should be available early this year is a continental breakfast program for Navy Lodge guests. This renovation is part of the Navy Lodge company-wide initiative to renovate facilities every five to 10 years. In the last few years the program has completed multiple renovations, adding 80 rooms in Gulfport, Miss. and an entire new building in San Diego, Calif. For more information on the Navy Lodge or room availability, visit

Sig' Student Named Navy Europe EURAFSWA Military "Youth of the Year" By Nicole Ybarra NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily – When students from Sigonella Middle/High School gathered in the courtyard Feb. 13, high school sophomore Jonathan O’Brien was under the impression he was there for a school assembly. What he didn’t know was that he had been selected as the 2017 Navy Europe EURAFSWA Military Youth of the Year. As the Navy representative for Europe, O’Brien will go on to compete against the Air Force and Army military youth candidates in Germany next month. If successful, he will advance for the overseas region title and compete against the Military Youth of the Year representing military installations in Asia. The winner of that competition will take on the CONUS regional Military Youth of the Year winners and the six representatives will battle it out for the overall National Military Youth of the Year title. “I’ve got a feeling it’s our year to win the whole thing. We haven’t won yet but Jonathan is such an awesome kid, I think he will win,” said Jennifer Hodges, Youth Programs Director. Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been the Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club is selected to be the National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth, and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.

In addition to hard work and a spirit of giving back to his community, O’Brien wrote four essays outlining how he would help shape America’s youth. “I am surprised and honored to be chosen as Military Youth of the Year," said O’Brien. "I get to play an influential role, not just in my own community, but in communities around the world which is a

pretty big thing. It is both frightening and surreal!” O’Brien credits the staff at the Youth Complex – Ms. Lachelle Carr, Ms. Jennifer Hodges and Mr. Jeremiah Ramos – as well as his mother for encouraging him to apply. “It means a lot to me and it is really nice to be recognized as the Military Youth of the Year.”

Sigonella Middle/High School student Jonathan O'Brien was named the Navy Europe EURAFSWA Military Youth of the Year, Feb. 13. O'Brien will go on to compete against the Air Force and Army youth representatives next month in Germany. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon/Released)



February 17, 2017

Direct Line

Commanding Officer Captain Brent Trickel Saluti Sigonella, If you have visited NAS 1 recently you have probably noticed that the Commissary is now fully open. The situation involving the Commissary which resulted in limited inventory and stock has been resolved and Commissary personnel are restocking shelves as quickly as possible. It has been a long seven months and I thank all of you for your patience during this time and for pulling together as a community. To the Commissary employees, thank you for your dedication and hard work in an uncertain and ever-changing situation. For all of you that volunteered your personal time to assist the Commissary personnel to stock shelves, unload trucks, inventory merchandise, etc. you have my eternal gratitude. To all Sig’ citizens, I thank you for reacting to this unprecedented situation with understanding and resilience. You could have reacted with negativity, which would have been understandable. Instead, you made the best of a difficult situation, you endured, you pitched in, and you offered nothing but positive ICE comments reflecting what a GREAT JOB the Commissary personnel were doing. THANK YOU, Sigonella. I am truly

honored to be a part of this community. I would like to ask the community’s help in another important area: reducing our energy usage. The Navy will be several million dollars short this year in utility funding and additional money to cover the shortfall is unlikely. As the Region’s Energy Biggest Loser for two years in a row, let's take those best practices we exercised in July to reduce consumption and make them a year-round effort. As I walk around NAS 1 and NAS 2 in the evenings and on the weekend, I see a lot of energy waste – lights left on, computer monitors left on, coffee pots left on, multiple microwaves in close proximity, computer peripherals left on (speakers, printers, scanners, etc.), and doors left open to spaces with heat/air conditioning. These examples are not only a waste of energy, but of taxpayer dollars. It is OK to power down your OneNet computer at night since the system is programmed to power up at 0400 each weekday for software updates. So there you have it: there is no reason to leave anything with an on/off switch powered on in your workspaces during non-working hours. Thank you, Sigonella, for all that you do each and every day to make this community truly the best in the Region.

Commanding Officer's Suggestion Box The ICE/CO Suggestion Box is for our community and Commanding Officer to discuss, with an eye toward constant improvement, how we are excelling* and how we can improve**. The community is strongly encouraged to leave contact information when submitting comments. This ensures that a response will come directly to you. The Signature and NASSIG Facebook Page typically publish comments and responses for the benefit of the Sigonella community. Comments/suggestions are useful when objective, constructive, and specific. ICE/CO Suggestion Box is NOT a forum for mean-spirited attacks. Anonymous comments will be published only if they benefit the greater community at large. * If you submit a "BZ" about a specific person or department, PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR NAME in order to ensure comment authenticity and therefore publicly recognize employees or organizations. ** The Commanding Officer will ensure a response to all signed comments/suggestions and the vast majority of anonymous ones but reserves the right to disregard those comments/suggestions disinterested in the spirit of the program! There are two ways to submit; go to: 1) Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) home page on a One-Net computer at:, All Sigonella services are found under the Navy Europe Listing in the scroll-down menu. – or – 2) NAS Sigonella's website, go to the "About" drop down menu and click on "CO Suggestion Box".

Interactive Customer Evaluation Comment regarding “BZ for MVRO”:

On 23 JAN I purchased a car. Insuring the car took much longer than expected and the insurance paperwork wasn't completed until 10 minutes after MVRO closed. Although I had the car and the insurance paperwork for the car, my registration and base pass were being held at MVRO until the insurance paperwork was complete. I knocked on the MVRO door in hopes that someone would answer and I could get my registration and base pass. Unfortunately there was no answer. I stepped outside the building hoping to clear my head and think of a solution when I ran into a senior enlisted MA who deduced I needed help and inquired about my situation. I explained my situation and he connected me with another MA who worked in MVRO who finished the paperwork. He ensured I had my registration and base pass allowing me to get back home that night. The next day, the same MA found an oversight with my registration paperwork and contacted me concerning the oversight. By the time I got to the MVRO he had the corrections done and the new packet ready for me. I was in and out in a matter of minutes. The customer service and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure customers are taken care of speaks volumes about MVRO. As a new member of the Sigonella community, it also provides a comforting welcome and assurance that I've arrived at a duty station where we look out for each other. Sincerely, LCDR Jason Constantine


Dear LCDR Constantine, thank you for taking the time to share your appreciation for the outstanding customer service you received at MVRO. I have passed your gratitude along to the MVRO director, and echo your thanks to MA1 Johnson for ensuring that all members of the Sig’ community are taken care of.

Comment regarding “SAC”:

I arrived in Sigonella in mid-September. Prior to my arrival, I was told about the School Age Care (SAC) program but was not aware of the waitlist. I have been here for over four months now and have not been able to obtain child care. Despite weekly calls for status updates, I remain on the waist list with no estimated date of when I can expect child care. Active duty personnel have priority, which ultimately means each week my status changes depending on how many new active duty members arrive. Child care directly impacts the efficiency and effectiveness of the work force and is a significant quality of life indicator. This weighs on me daily. Whether I'm in a meeting, with a customer, or I have a report due....whatever

is going on at 2:15, I have to stop and get my child from school, because right now there is no other option. Something needs to be done to address this issue. Sincerely, Elana Burnside


Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention. The School Age Care (SAC) program continuously strives for excellence in all areas, to include supporting eligible patrons and their dependents with quality child care. Unfortunately, at this time the SAC program has a waitlist limiting their capacity to offer care to all Sigonella citizens. As soon as a family notifies the SAC management that they will be exiting the program, the administrative staff ensures that the vacant space is filled immediately in order to minimize waitlist time. What’s more, the SAC program has been actively promoting their vacancies, and aggressively hiring and on-boarding new staff when possible. This back-filling process has been complicated by an 82% annual turnover rate of direct care staff; and the current hiring freeze has resulted in a temporary hold of all current on-boarding of new staff. It is my hope that in the near future, we will be able to hire these additional staff, which in turn will support opening more care availability within the SAC program. In the meantime, please utilize the system as a means to monitor your household account and continue to verify, on a monthly basis, your need for care. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Youth Programs Director, Jennifer Hodges, at DSN 624-3712 or via email at

Comment regarding “Shuttle Bus Driver on Cell Phone”:

I witnessed the shuttle bus driver on the base-to-base shuttle talking on his cell phone while driving. This occurred on Jan. 27 at approximately 7:20 am, during a VERY busy time for traffic to be entering NAS1. Sincerely, Amber Deckard


Thank you for your comment and concern. You are correct that all drivers should not engage in cell phone use while driving. The Public Works Department, who manages the contract for our shuttle buses, has discussed this with the site manager and they have investigated and addressed the situation with the driver in question. The Contractor's Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) has also performed addi-

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"ICE" continued from Page 2 tional training to all the bus drivers involved in the shuttle bus services under the contract and ensure they understand the importance of complying with all the regulation and codes. Thank you for your vigilance and dedication to ensuring the safety of our community.

Comment regarding “BZ for MSgt Reandeau”:

I would like to recognize the wonderful sponsor we had, MSgt Shawn Reandeau. MSgt Reandeau worked with us in the States to answer all of our questions prior to arrival. We were on the midnight rotator on Jan. 12 which was delayed 17 hours in Norfolk. However, when we landed in Italy, everything fell into place. Our housing was ready, MSgt. Reandeau had his car and two other people with him to help haul our eight bags, four carry-ons, two car seats, and a dog crate back to Marinai. Then when we opened the door to our housing we were amazed to find that ALL of our things from our unaccompanied baggage were UNBOXED and put away in the proper areas. Kitchen items were in the kitchen, living room things were in the living room and the boxes were already disposed of. We also had loaner furniture set up, food from our grocery list were in the fridge and pantry, and the best of all OUR BEDS WERE MADE! He truly went above and beyond. While we did not have the best experience en route to Sigonella, to find that our beds were made in our own home brought great relief to our family. It was one less thing that we had to worry about and was one detail alone that meant so much to us. We could not have asked for a better welcome to the base and MSgt Reandeau made all of that possible! Sincerely, Alicia Sykes


Dear Ms. Sykes, thank you for taking the time to express your gratitude for MSgt. Reandeau. We take sponsorship very seriously, offering sponsorship training classes to ensure that everyone checking into our installation receives a warm welcome. MSgt. Reandeau clearly went above and beyond and I echo your thanks to him.

Comment regarding “High Traffic Road Backup”:

The NAS 1 gate situation during peak hours is getting out of control. For over a week now, I have sat in line for over 15 minutes waiting to access the base. In addition to the "traffic jam", I have witnessed many drivers unsafely pass all the cars that are stopped waiting in line, through the incoming traffic lane, sometimes missing incoming traffic by inches, or abruptly trying to make their way back to the correct lane by forcing other vehicles to move. Moreover, from a security point of view, these bottleneck situations create vulnerabilities and safety concerns for all of us. During the base-wide exercise we had last fall, the traffic flow was actually quicker than usual. Would it be possible to have a designated entrance for buses? If not, maybe we could make the Annex gate the main gate Monday through Friday during morning peak hour? I understand the issue will always be manning. However, by analyzing the processes in place, your Security staff may be able to come up with a viable option that keeps everyone safe and sound without having an almost 40 minute commute between Marinai and NAS 1. Thank you for your attention to the matter.


Thank you for your concern about traffic at NAS 1. The rapid increase of the base population has been having a significant impact on traffic throughout “the triangle.” We have completed several traffic studies over the past few months and have found some viable solutions. However, due to Security’s manning constraints, it would be impractical to do so without increased manning. As you noted, traffic was very smooth during our annual FPCON C/D drill. This was due to activating all ASF and cancelling certain services. This option is not possible on a regular basis without causing significant impact to base operations. I cannot further discuss some details due to OPSEC concerns, but if you have any other questions or concerns please contact the Security Officer (LCDR Cranston) at Charles.Cranston@ or 624-6392.

Name: MA2 Nicole Foy Dept: Security, Pass & ID Office Hometown: Miami, Fla. If you've ever had to stop by Sigonella's Pass and ID office, you've probably met Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Nicole Foy. She's worked there most of her two years and 11 months at Sigonella and knows what she's doing. “We take care of access control," said Foy. "Everyone who comes in the base has to come through here if they need a pass. This includes access for guests, ships, NATO, contractors and domestic employees." She enjoys working at the Pass and ID office because she's able to socialize with customers. "My favorite part is interacting with everyone," said Foy. "I don't have to sit at a desk all day. I get to move around and talk to people." Outside of work, Foy has kept busy. While stationed in Sigonella, she's earned both an associates and bachelors degree and will be starting her masters in human resource management and labor relations this fall. Although her main focus is on her schoolwork and her 6-year-old daughter, Asia, Foy has done quite a bit of traveling during her five years stationed overseas. In addition to exploring Greece, her last duty

station, Foy has made it to Germany, London, Barcelona and Paris. While here, she's also spent some time traveling around Italy. “I’ve been everywhere on the mainland," said Foy. "I spent a week up there backpacking. I took the train everywhere: from Rome to Florence, Bologna, Pisa, Milan then Venice." Her two favorite spots are Venice and Paris. "Those were the top ones," said Foy. "They were amazing. Both the

people and the food were great." As for living in Sicily, Foy said she's had an enjoyable experience and especially likes the country for its summers and food. Her favorite treat is gelato with brioche and, of course, pizza. She's also glad Sicily is family-oriented and enjoys the nice, friendly atmosphere. With eight years in the Navy, Foy is ready to start a new chapter of her life in Texas with her daughter.


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 EDITORIAL Public Affairs Officer Lt. Andriana Genualdi Assistant Public Affairs Officer Nicole Ybarra Community Relations Officer Dott. Alberto Lunetta PAO Staff Writers \ Photographers MC2 Michelle Sabangan MC2 Christopher Gordon 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 thesig@, guard mail stop #68 or handdelivered 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.



February 17, 2017

Safety Tips: Working with Hand and Portable Tools From NAS Sigonella Safety Department

1. Never carry a tool by the cord or hose. 2. Never yank the cord or hose to disconnect it. 3. Keep cords and hoses away from heat, oil and sharp edges. 4. Disconnect tools when not in use, before servicing and cleaning and when changing out accessories. 5. Keep bystanders at a safe distance from the work area. 6. Secure work with a clamp or vice, freeing both hands to operate the tool. 7. Avoid accidental startup. Do not hold fingers on the switch button while carrying a plugged-in tool. 8. Maintain tools with care. Keep them sharp and clean and follow manufacturer’s instructions for lubricating and changing accessories. 9. Wear proper apparel for the task. Loose items like ties or jewelry can become caught in moving parts. 10. Remove all damaged portable electric tools from use and clearly ma them “Do not use.” For more information please call the Safety Office at 6245630 or 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)

February 17, 2017



Cello Needs a Home From NAS Sigonella Security Department

The NAS Sigonella Security Department, Military Working Dog Division has a fouryear-old German Shepherd named Cello who is looking for a home. Cello is being medically discharged early but have no fear! He is still young and full of life. His physical limitations may prevent him from being a Military Working Dog but not from being a wonderful pet. Cello loves playing with his toys and is a very affectionate dog.

We recommend a household with patience, love, and the basic dog training experience required to turn him from a working dog into a house dog! If you are interested or want more information please contact MAC Michael Garwood at or call at DSN 624-5686/Commercial 095-86-5686. To ensure our MWDs are safe and going to a suitable home an Adoption Package and Home Inspection are required.



February 17, 2017

Carnival Kicks Off in Acireale

Make the most of the upcoming carnival merrymaking season and catch the dazzling parade of floats running from Feb. 18 - 28 in Acireale. (Photo by Cefalu News) story by alberto lunetta

Carnival has returned to Sicily! One of the more fascinating traditions will take place in the enchanting Baroque town of Acireale featuring a dazzling parade of floats and entertainment. This year, the Carnevale di Acireale (Carnival of Acireale) will run from Feb. 18 - 28. Mayor Roberto Barbagallo has announced the exciting lineup and The Guardian has ranked Acireale’s Carnival among the top 10 best merrymaking events in Europe. “Acireale hosts the most beautiful and popular carnival on the island, featuring elaborate papier-mache floats draped with flowers and carpets of confetti. Crowds follow masked and costumed dancers and attend many concerts. Such is its popularity they do it all again in the first week of August,” wrote The Guardian. The first written record of Carnival celebrations held in Sicily date back to the 16th century. Sicilians used to celebrate “Carnalivari” (Carnival) through dance festivals named “Slave Dances.” Dancers, who were disguised as slaves, performed shows throughout the streets. Drums and trumpets accompanied performers. Masked revelers from different social classes used Carnival as an excuse to mingle. The “Jardinara”(Gardeners), “Briganti”(Bandits), “Baruni”(Barons) and “Abbati”(Abbots) were among the most popular masks. During the festivals, aristocrats and politicians were publicly mocked. Revelers also staged “battles” throwing rotten eggs and vegetables at one another. This practice was popular in 17th century Acireale, a city that boasts one of the best Carnivals in Italy. In 1612, local authorities forbade it because it caused damage to property and injured people. By the 18th century, celebrations became less “violent” and turned into comedic plays that were performed by jokers called “Abbatazzi.” Under the authorization of the Bishop, they made fun of nobles or priests pretending to read jokes from a big book. In 19th century, celebrations included the “Casariata,” a parade of flower-decorated carriages named “landò” that toured the historic center. Masked local nobles threw colored sugar-coated almonds and coins at the crowd from carriages. Today, foam spraying is also a popular “sport” during carnival. So don’t get mad if you get hit. It’s just a prank! In the 1930s, Acireale artisans started to create huge allegorical floats with papier-mâché depicting animated figures of politicians, animals and other fantastic subjects mounted on a mobile platform and driven in parades. Since then, Carnival carri have become much more elaborate and spectacular. Carnival is also a time of traditional food over-indulgence!

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Warrior Transition Program Expands By Chief Mass Communication Specialist James C. Brown Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Navy recently announced all individual augmentees (IAs) serving in U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) or U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) areas of responsibility will attend Warrior Transition Program (WTP) in Sembach, Germany. Additionally, all IAs will now attend some form of WTP, either in Germany or Norfolk. Nestled in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany lies the small Army base of Sembach. A tenant command, Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) Sembach Det., hosts a 3-5 day Warrior Transition Program-Third Location Decompression (WTPTLD) program which focuses on redeploying Sailors' transitional process amid farmland and rolling hills. Capt. Joseph Rehak, ECRC commanding officer noted, "Germany provides an ideal location for our Sailors to reflect and rejuvenate after deployments down range in support of continuing operations. I am happy to say that we are now able to provide a much needed break to Sailors redeploying from the CENTCOM and AFRICOM theaters of operations." Senior Chief Culinary Specialist John Conniff, a redeployer from Isa Air Base, said of his experience at Sembach following deployment, "It's been very relaxing. It's nice to have the decompression downtime before returning to the states." The aim of WTP-TLD is time for the Sailor who is not on the battlefield or on the homefront. The process is designed to assist in an IA's reintegration into life out of the theater of operations, with their families, friends, and careers. The program consists of instructional time, meeting with mental health and religious program professionals, liberty visits to towns such as Trier and Heidelberg, and individual downtime. Rehak said, "The Warrior Transition Program provides Sailors time to reflect, learn skills, and meet partner organizations that will support in the transition from deployment to home life."

Lt. j.g. Johnny Fugit, a redeployer from afloat forward staging base-interim USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15), said, "I found it (WTP) really beneficial. Having a few days to catch my breath and reset has been important and enjoyable." The addition of AFRICOM redeployers, as well as seeing those from more CENTCOM sites than before, may lead to the staff at Sembach seeing a noticeable impact on operations. Cmdr. Patrick Doyle, ECRC Sembach Det. officer in charge said, "The staff here is really dedicated to this mission and making sure that every returning Sailor has the best experience possible, even as we expect to double the number of people passing through Sailors returning from Individual Augmentee deployments in Afghanistan WTP. For us, it's a wonder- prepare to turn in gear during the Warrior Transition Program. The five-day ful chance to have a positive program allows Sailors to attend workshops, decompress and meet with staff impact on fellow Sailors." chaplains and nurses to discuss their "down-range" experience following their Following their time at assignment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class WTP in Sembach, Reserve Lewis S. Hunsaker/Released) IAs will report to ECRC to complete the demobilization process before returning certification, and proactive family support to active to their Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC). duty for special work (ADSW) Sailors, individual Active-duty IAs will return to their parent commands. augmentees, and provisional units throughout all deThe Warrior Transition Program facilitates IA Sail- ployment phases in support of combatant command ors' reintegration process following a Global Force (COCOM) requirements, contingency operations, or Management (GFM) directed deployment by provid- national crises. For more information, visit, www. ing Combat and Operational Stress Control Continuum (COSC) workshops, collecting gear and weapons,, or For more news from Expeditionary Combat Readiand coordinating onward movement. ECRC provides processing, equipping, training, ness Center, visit

Navy College Program App Available for Mobile Devices BY ED BARKER Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- A new application for mobile devices which allows Sailors on-the-go access to many features of the Navy College Program (NCP) is available as of Feb. 8. "The Navy College Program app offers Sailors mobile access to voluntary education planning tools, a counseling scheduler, and applications previously available only through the Navy College Offices or the Virtual Education Center," said Lt. Cmdr. Nick Turner, the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center's Voluntary Education Program deputy director. "This app allows the completion of required training, processing of Tuition Assistance (TA) requests, and helps Sailors obtain counseling without being tied to a computer." The Navy College Program app is divided into several sections for ease of navigation:

* Tuition Assistance - Links users to the My Education WebTA portal so they can submit a TA application and view the status of existing TA applications. * Training - Allows users to complete required training, including the TA Course and the DoD Higher Education Preparation Course. * Videos - Provides video tutorials on the NCP, including TA and command information. * Resources Provides in-app and online information on the Navy College Program and continuing education resources. * Schedule Counseling - Links users to the Appointment Scheduler, enabling Sailors to schedule an appointment for education counseling. * Virtual Education Center (VEC) -

Provides contact access for counseling and assistance from the VEC. * Joint Services Transcript (JST) Links users to the JST login page, allowing them to request their official JST. * In addition, the app includes an Emergency resources section and a Favorites section, which allows users to bookmark and easily access parts of the app they find personally important. Turner added the NCP app is targeted primarily at active-duty members and will be a key tool for educational service officers and career counselors. The app's tools are relevant to all Navy applicants, current Sailors, transitioning Sailors, and veterans. The app features public content only; no authentication

or authorization required. The NCP app is a bring-your-owndevice (BYOD) tool designed to work on personal devices outside of the Navy Marine Corps Internet (NMCI) domain. Users can download the app from the iTunes and Google Play online stores at no cost. To find the free Navy College Program app, search "Navy College" or "NCP" in app stores or in your Web browser. Sailors can also find this app and many others through the Navy App Locker, Get the latest information by following Navy Voluntary Education on Facebook at NavyVoluntaryEducation/ or http:// For more information, visit, www., or www.twitter. com/usnavy. For more news from Naval Education And Training Professional Development And Technology Center, visit, Default.htm.



February 17, 2017

Neighboring Win BY Michelle A Verba

Austria and Germany share more than just history and a border, they are home to some of the most beautiful places in Europe. A few of their most prized cities, Munich (Germany) and Salzburg (Austria), are radiant even by night and most impressive when covered in a blanket of shimmering snow. Munich is a city of high culture, with superb museums and theaters. And while there are many mainstream stores and upmarket retailers, cafĂŠs, bars and restaurants thrive. Munich is known for the world's

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streets, and concert halls that uphold musical tradition. Everywhere you go, the scenery, the skyline, the music and the history send your spirits soaring. Needless to say, both cities have plenty to offer any traveler that is lucky enough to experience the delights within the city limits. Both places are also within a short drive of the incredible Alps, so the undecided European traveler can satisfy the craving for city life and a snowy paradise all in one trip. Or if you’re feeling up to it, visit both cities and stop for a quick ski and some hot chocolate in between. Either way, you will not be disappointed.




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All Hands News Bulletin:

Command, Department or Organization: Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Point of Contact Name: Inv. Christopher Knight Point of Contact Phone Number: +39-366-638-7196 Point of Contact Email Address: Additional Information: NASSIG CRIME PREVENTION NOTE: Since 04 January 2017 there have been 17 reported vehicles that have been broken into with the biggest amount being in Motta S. Anastasia/Belpasso area. If you are a victim, report the break in to Security. You will also be asked to file a denuncia with the local Carabinieri station so that the matter can be investigated further. All residents are being asked to write down the serial numbers of your gas coupons, which is a large majority of what is being stolen. When the gas coupons are used at a gas station, they may be able to be tracked to what gas station they are being used at and from there Carabinieri can obtain surveillance footage from the gas station.

Arrivederci: Is a mandatory class offered twice a month to all service members & civilians to better prepare their transition to the new duty station. Encouraged to take between six to four months before transition. No orders are needed to sign up and take this class. To sign up please contact The Fleet and Family Support Center at DSN 624-4291, COMM 011-39-095-56-4291. NAS1 WATER TOWER DEMOLITION MAJOR CRANE ACTIVITY Command, Department or Organization: NAVFAC Public Works Department Date of Event: 16-23 FEB Location of Event: NAS 1 Existing Water Tower Point of Contact Name: Delories King (ext: 624-5014) Point of Contact Email Address: Additional Information: Contractors have set up a perimeter to demolish the old water tower. We expect demolition will begin Thursday, 16 FEB. The perimeter must be respected by all community members as demolition and a major crane lift will be underway from 16 FEB until approximately 23 FEB.

Weekly Traffic Report: Feb. 6 -Feb. 13, 2017 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


Mondays AA Meeting: . . . . . . 1800-1900 Tuesdays Protestant Women of the Chapel: . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0900-1100 Daily Mass: . . . . . . . . 1130-1230 AWANA: . . . . . . . . . . 1645-1900 Youth for Christ (YFC) Youth Meeting: . . . 1200-1430 Wednesdays Protestant Men of the Chapel: . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0600-0700 Daily Mass: . . . . . . . . 1130-1230 Catholic Ladies' Guild (3rd Wednesday): .1600-1800 Thursdays Daily Mass: . . . . . . . . 1130-1230 Youth for Christ (YFC) Youth Meeting: . . . 1200-1530 Choir Practice: . . . 1630-1800 The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): . . . . . . . . . . . . 1800-2030 Fridays Daily Mass: . . . . . . . . 1130-1230 First Friday Mass and Holy Hour: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1700-1830

Saturdays First Saturday Rosary and Mass: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1100-1200 Sundays Catholic Mass: . . . . 0900-1000 Catholic Religious Education (DoDDS): . . . . . . . . . 1045-1200 Protestant Service: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1100-1200 Latter-Day Saints Service: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1330-1600


Wednesdays Knights of Columbus (1st Wednesdays): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1700-1800 Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC): . 1800-2100 Thursdays AA Meeting: . . . . . . 1800-1900 Sundays Protestant Service and Fellowship: . . . 1800-2000

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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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Sailors of the Quarter Enjoy USO Luncheon

Sailors of the Quarter from NAS Sigonella and tenant commands pose for a photo after a luncheon hosted by the USO in recognition of their merit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michelle Sabangan/Released)

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Find and circle all of the Hip-Hop Artists that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell the title of a Lauryn Hill song.


Hip-Hop Artists




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"CARNIVAL" cont'd from Pg. 6 So make sure you browse the local pastry shops and sample the mouthwatering traditional “dolci” (sweets) including Cannoli, Chiacchere (irregularly shaped pieces of dough, fried and dusted with powdered sugar), Castagnole (sugar-coated fried dough balls shaped as small chestnuts and filled with custard, chocolate or ricotta cheese). As for pasta, try “Maccaruna di Zitu che cincu purtusi” (Five-holed Maccheroni with pork ragu sauce) and “Pasta con le sarde” (pasta with sardines). Highlights will include magnificent papier-mâché and flower-decorated floats. They will be paraded around the piazza Duomo (main square) and throughout the historic center. Music shows will also be performed in piazza Duomo every night. For more information and detailed schedules visit: https://www.

Carnevale in the Rest of Italy Story by Italy Magazine

It's Carnival Season! February is chock full of some vividly memorable carnivals guaranteed to brighten up those chilly February days. One of the best known is the Viareggio Carnival, one of the longest running celebrations of its kind in Italy. The familiar masked parades are a key ingredient of the Viareggio Carnival, and these will be taking place on the 5th, 12th, 18th, 26th and 28th of the month. Another well-known element is that of the massive papier-maché floats – colorful, eye-catching and completely in tune with a Viareggio tradition of building large-scale

boats. Another is the carnival pantheon in Venice, with events running thru Feb. 28. Many of the events revolve around San Marco's Square, and the event kicked off on the 11th with its grand opening which combines music, dance and colour to great effect. Other traditional events in this year's carnival include the Festa delle Marie, where each of the 12 Marias will be dressed in Venetian period costumes. They'll follow the parade along via Garibaldi and Riva degli Schiavoni to the ultimate destination of San Marco stage. There's also a special parade dedicated to children on the 27th of the month. In the final day's event, Svolo del Leon, the symbol of the city, a lion, is depicted on a massive canvas. The lion canvas is then flown up to the bell tower over the crowds watching in the square. Another carnival in its second century is Bologna's Carnevale Storico Persicetano. San Giovanni in Persiceto will play host to this brilliant carnival on Feb. 19 and 26. One of the selling points is the way in which the floats start out as one thing and then change into another. These ingenious transformations are accomplished with clever, advanced technology used in the construction of the floats. Watch out for the character of King Bertoldo. This comic character is the creation of Bolognese writer Giulio Cesare Croce, Bertoldo, and along with his retinue, the King leads the parade of floats. Held in the Piedmontese town of Ivrea (province of Turin), the worldfamous Carnival of Ivrea stems from ancient neighborhood celebrations, but wasn't officially established until in 1808. This Carnival celebra-


tion commemorates the dexpulsion of a hated tyrant who was starving the population; he was chased away thanks to the rebellion of a miller's daughter (the mugnaia). This event took place in the Middle Ages. During the French occupation of Italy in the 19th century, the Carnival celebration was modified by the addition of French army representatives. The Carnival of Ivrea is especially famous for the Battle of the Oranges, an allegory of the struggle for freedom. It re-evokes the civil war that broke out between the people of Ivrea and the royal Napoleonic troops. The re-enactment involves squads of “aranceri” on foot, representing the people, and squads of “aranceri” on carts, representing Napoleonic troops, throwing oranges (symbolizing arrows) at each other. Meanwhile, on the streets, the Mugnaia and her cortège distribute sweets and presents to spectators. The traditional procession through Ivrea features floats, folkloristic groups and music performers from all of Italy and Europe. The re-enactment of the battle fills the city with many colors and scents. Putignano is a town in the province of Bari, on the Murge Plateau in the Itria valley, an area in Apulia home to the famous trulli. The Carnival of Putignano is the longest in Italy, beginning December 26 and ending on Mardi Gras with an evening parade and the “funeral” of Carnival. The origins of this Carnival go as far back as 1394, making it one of the most ancient carnivals in Europe. That year, the Knights of Malta, then the governors of the area, moved the relics of St. Stephen from St. Stephen’s Abbey in Monopoli inland to Putignano to protect them from the Sara-

cens. When the remains of the saint arrived, farmers halted their work to follow the religious procession, and when it was over, they celebrated with song and dance. According to legend, from improvised verses and satire in the local dialect, there arose the tradition of “propaggini”, a tradition still at the heart of the local carnival celebrations. Dozens of poets take turns on the stage of the town’s piazza and recite satirical rhymes for hours to entertain the people. As in all Carnival celebrations, masks and papier-maché floats take over the town in an explosion of colors and cheerfulness. The Carnival of Cento, a town near Ferrara in Emilia-Romagna, has ancient origins. A 17th century fresco painted by Cento native Gian Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino, displays a local mask, "il Berlingaccio" during a party in city hall. The town's Magistrate threw the party in town hall for the citizens on Shrove Tuesda. Although it has maintained its historic connotations, the Carnival of Cento is now an important folkloristic event because it was twinned with the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro in 1993. Float parades begin in the early afternoon and traverse the historic center several times, accompanied by music and masked dancing figures, while the Carnival’s patron leads the event in Piazza Guercino. One of this carnival’s original features is the launch of inflatable and plush objects from the floats to spectators; locals call it “gettito”. The Carnival is held on the five Sundays prior to Lent. On the last Sunday, an award ceremony is held for the best costumes, entertainment and music, and for the best “gettito”.

Spreading Valentine’s Day Cheer to Deployed Service Members BY shams kadum American Red Cross Sigonella

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily – On Jan. 19, Sigonella Red Cross volunteers and 19 Sigonella Elementary School students from Mrs. Amanda Maxwell’s kindergarten class made Valentine’s Day cards which will be sent to deployed service members in Kuwait. The students learned about Kuwait, its location, and what it means to deploy and be away from family. The students were fascinated by the concept of deployment and inspired to find a way to make deployed service members feel appreciated. They were excited to bring some Valentine’s Day cheer with the hand-crafted cards. When asked what they would tell the deployed

members, Peyton Deckard, a student in Maxwell’s class responded: “I wonder if you are sad because your family is not with you. I hope this card makes you happy.” The innocent quote demonstrates that the purpose of the card-making event was conveyed successfully and the children truly appreciated its value. The Kuwait location, specifically Camp Arifjan was selected because Samantha Wudel, the Sigonella Red Cross Regional Program Manager is currently deployed there. Her sixmonth-long deployment is coming to an end after which she will be resuming her duties in Sigonella. She will be relieving the Acting Regional Program Manager, Kathryn Lasky who has done

an exceptional job since September 2016. Wudel and Lasky have had a remarkable impact on the Sigonella community.

American Red Cross Sigonella would like to thank Wudel, Lasky and all of its volunteers and a special thanks to Mrs. Amanda Maxwell and

her kindergarten students for showing their appreciation to our deployed service members through this cardmaking event.



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