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October 18, 2013

Vol. 30. No. 39

NASSIG Firefighters receive Structural Training Certification

Firefighters attached to Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella's Fire and Emergency Services participate in a live-fire mobile structural training certification Oct. 10, outside the NAS II firehouse. NAS Sigonella provides logistical support for Commander, U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets and NATO forces in the Mediterranean area. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Brian T. Glunt/Released) BY MC2 brian t. glunt Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Sigonella

SIGONELLA, Sicily (Oct. 10, 2013) – Firefighters attached to Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella’s Fire and Emergency Services participated in a mobile live-fire structural training certification Oct. 10, outside of the NAS II firehouse. One firefighter from the Chicago Fire Department and another from the Oklahoma City Fire Department served as instructors during the training, which certifies firefighters on the operations of NAS Sigonella’s new mobile live-fire structural trainer. “We’re out here to help the fellas from Sigonella with learning the operations of the training system that they

have purchased,” said Jim Sewnig, training instructor and 10-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department. “We are teaching them how to set the fuel load, how to control the growth and heat of the fire and the energy it produces inside the trainer. They’re learning how to control the fire so they can teach other students the best ways to keep everyone safe inside.” The mobile live-fire structural trainer may also be used for structural collapse training, high-angle rescue and rooftop ventilation. “During the training, the firefighters are completing firefighting evolutions. It’s a multi-use trainer where we can

light a fire and it will actually smoke up, just like if there were a bedroom fire,” said Michael Bowling, NAS Sigonella assistant fire chief of operations. “It gives us the training, plus it helps strengthen the infrastructure of the community by knowing that we can use this as a realistic prop.” The mobile structural training unit will also be available for more than just a fire safety training environment, added Bowling. “Security could come over to train with their K-9 units. Public Works could come over to receive training on working on elevated platforms. A lot of people can schedule times through us to utilize the training this module has to offer.”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it." - Unknown


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

EDITORIAL Public Affairs Officer Lt. Tim Page Communtiy Relations Officer Dott. Alberto Lunetta Editor Jackie Trembath Staff Writers/Photographers MR1 Gary Spence MC2 Tony D. Curtis MC2 Brian Glunt MC3 Cameron Bramham CONTACT US Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily DSN 624-5440; 095-86-5440 PSC 812 Box 3020, FPO, AE 09627

OCTOBER 18, 2013

Direct Line

Executive Officer, Cmdr. Eric Vosler

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Columbus Day weekend. Tonight we celebrate the 238th birthday of our United States Navy at the Navy Ball. Transportation will be provided to and from the event stating at 5:30 p.m. from NAS II, Marinai and NAS I. The last bus leaves the hotel at midnight. Regardless, of your plans this weekend, make smart decisions and don’t drink and drive. This week the base participated in Reliant Challenge 2014, this annual exercise assessed our ability to react when severe weather and floods come back to the island. For those in our community that were here during the floods of 2005, you know firsthand how conditions can deteriorate quickly. Two key lessons-learned from the December 2005 flood and the heavy rains over the past few years are that pre-planning and communication are vital to our success. As the rainy season begins, be aware of potential actions the base may take in the event of weather induced emergencies and know where to get information that will keep you safe when there is an emergency. Preplanning: Every year as a result of the rains, NAS Sigonella experiences some amount of flooding both on NAS I and NAS II as well as the Marinai Family Housing area. Not flooding that forces people out of

their homes like the December 2005 floods – but water that makes it challenging to drive, on or off base. You should prepared and stay prepared for any hazard. It is recommended that you keep a five day emergency supply of food and water as well as an emergency kit which should include a battery-powered radio, flashlights and other important safety measures available at all times in your home. These are tips for all emergencies and should be ready no matter what the weather is doing. Communication: We will use many avenues to communicate with you to increase our odds of reaching as many people as possible. These will include notifying your chain of command, putting notices on the base Facebook page ( employing AFN Radio (105.9 FM) and Television, All Hands Emails, Computer Desktop Notification System (CDNS), Command Phone Trees and Command Ombudsmen. If you are unsure what is going on or have a question, please actively search for information from one of these sources in addition to checking with your chain of command. We must always remember that potential flooding due to rainfall is a fact of life on this island. Sometimes local roads may be closed or potential hazards may be a factor

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NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES ROMAN CATHOLIC Sunday ■ 8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) ■ 11:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) TUE - FRI ■ 11:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) Sacraments of Reconciliation/Penance precede each Mass PROTESTANT NAS I Chapel Saturday ■ 6:30 p.m. Contemporary Worship Services Sunday ■ 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship


LATTER-DAY SAINTS Sunday at 3 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) Contact: or 624-9049 CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE Noon Bible Study (NAS 1) 12:30 p.m. Worship Service Please contact the Religious Ministries Department for information ■ AA Meetings: Monday at 5:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) second deck; Thursday at 7 p.m. (NAS II Chapel)

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What’s Happening Around NAS Sigonella

PRT season is in full effect

in safely navigating on these roads. When confronted with these conditions, if you do not need to drive, don’t, and once you have arrived at a safe shelter, stay until the problem has abated. Next weekend, we will be hosting MWR’s biggest festival of the year – Autumnfest, which is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26. This is a great event for the community and a great opportunity to share this occasion with our Italian friends and neighbors – so come out and enjoy, even if it rains!

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OCTOBER 18, 2013

USNHS holds 2013 Process Improvement Fair

Lt. Ladonyia Graham, medical home port division officer, discusses her presentation, titled "Tipping the Scales," which tracked Body Mass Index numbers during the 2013 Process Improvement Fair hosted by U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, Oct, 9. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Hospital Sigonella) BY HM2 matthew clutter U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella

Sailors from Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella participate in the push-up portion of the 2013 Cycle II Physical Readiness Test (PRT) Oct. 10, at the NAS II "Fit Pit." The PRT is a Navy-wide event performed semi-annually in the spring and fall consisting of push-ups, curl-ups (sit-ups) and a 1.5 mile run. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released) by jill lynch and erin work MWR Fitness

The weeks leading up to the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) are a crucial time for all Sailors, and decisions made within that time will have a positive or negative impact on their PRT performance. Keep the following pointers in mind to make this PRT your best one! The new “45 day rule” is a safety measure that benefits Sailors. If the Sailor is borderline on their Body Composition Assessment (BCA) and did some "not so healthy" things to their bodies to ensure being within standards, they have time to prepare their bodies for the exercise portion of the PRT. The new rule allows 45 days after taking the BCA in which to complete the PRT, so there is time for Sailors to take steps to healthfully boost their PRT performance. One extremely important area of focus within those 45 days is hydration. Dehydration decreases exercise performance due to decreased plasma volume, which increases heat stress and core temperature, decreases VO2max (the body’s ability to effectively use oxygen), increases heart rate and perceived exertion, increases glycogen utilization, which can lead to early fatigue, and alters central nervous system function, leading to decreased motivation and effort. With that said - DRINK some water! - don't let yourself get thirsty! Another way to help improve PRT scores is to train like you are competing in the event. Train in

a sport-specific manner - you can only improve a certain exercise by improving the muscle groups involved in that exercise. If you want to get better at curl-ups, you wouldn't do pull-ups; you would improve your core strength and endurance. So practice the exercises in which you’re lacking, and bring yourself out of your comfort zone. Pay attention to your rate of perceived exertion; if you don't think you are working very hard … you probably are not! After pushing yourself during workouts, however – rest. Rest and recovery are probably the most neglected areas of performance. During exercise, your muscles are stressed and get broken down – it is only during rest that your body repairs and becomes stronger. It is crucial to aim for six to eight hours of quality sleep every night for this muscle repair to take place. In addition, taking days off from intense exercise and instead, engaging in active recovery is incredibly beneficial. Active recovery can mean enjoying a walk or hike, or stretching or taking a yoga class. Rest days are essential, but sitting on the couch all day makes you stiff and sore; instead, keep blood flowing and muscles moving in order to promote healthy recovery. Smart recovery, specific training, and consistent hydration are important focus points while preparing for your PRT. If you need some guidance see your local MWR Fitness trainers. Best of luck to everyone this PRT season!

Managing today’s warfighters is an ongoing process. As such, the Navy’s Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) initiative was developed to manage the effectiveness and efficiency of the Navy in support of its overall mission. At U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, CPI means a better overall experience for patients. To help promote these improvements, the hospital held an annual Continuous Process Improvement Fair on Oct. 9 to highlight many of the positive changes that have taken place throughout the hospital. “This event gives the opportunity to our staff, as well as to our patients, for a better understanding of the high quality, patientcentered care we provide,” said Lt. Stefanie Nochisaki, patient safety manager. “It’s something we strive for on a daily basis, and this event highlights these improvements and hard work that take place continuously throughout the year.” This year, 14 departments or programs took part, including Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, Radiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mental Health, Medical Home Port, Healthy Weigh, Laboratory, Operating Room, Dental, Emergency Room, Materials Management, Financial Management, Multi-Service Ward and Pharmacy. Healthy Weigh won first place overall. The second place award went to the Operating Room for its presentation of “Implementation of TeamSTEPPS.” Third place went to EDIS for “Inconsistent Communication Between Referring Providers.” In addition, an Honorable Mention was awarded to Mental Health for “OQ45 Implementation and Tracking.”

"Walk to Remember," Oct. 19 October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. On Oct. 19, 2013 at 6 p.m. the members of Sigonella Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope will be gathering in the Community Center Parking lot at the Marinai housing complex for the second annual “Walk to Remember.” This walk is dedicated to all the babies who die each year through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or newborn death. Anyone whose lives have been touched by the tragic loss of a baby is welcome to join us for a candlelit walk around Marinai, followed by a special ceremony to remember the babies that were loved and lost. For more information on Sigonella Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope, please email or find us on Facebook “Sigonella Faces of Loss.” Visit for more information.



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2013 21






Fire Prevention Night 4 - 7 p.m. Marinai Sports Complex *EVERY TUESDAY






Breast Cancer Awareness the 60's Walk/Run 12 p.m. Marinai

Cooking Class in Catania ITT Family Night Out* Sparetime Bowling 5 - 8 p.m. *EVERY FRIDAY





$1 Bowling* Sparetime Bowling *EVERY MONDAY


Bingo* Chart Room 6 p.m.




Friends Night Out* Sparetime Bowling

AUTUMN FEST NAS I 5 p.m. - Midnight

AUTUMN FEST NAS I 5 p.m. - Midnight

Tandem Sky diving Outdoor Rec 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Texas Hold'em* Jox Pub 6 p.m.


Empty Wallet Lunch Liberty/Take 5 11:30 a.m.

Godfather Tour Forza D'Agro & Savaco ITT

Catania - Sussuolo Soccer Match ITT *Discount Tickets Available*


Pumpkin Bowling Liberty/Take 5 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.



NOV. 1 Catania Shoe Fair ITT


3 Taormina ITT

Halloween Costume Party Jox Pub 7:30 p.m.


NAS Sigonella would like to highlight citizens who go above and beyond, serving their community through health and welfare, security, and resource conservation. Do you know someone who represents the ideals of NAS Sigonella? Nominate them to be recognized as a Sig Citizen! Contact with why they should be selected.

Half Price Bowling* Sparetime Bowling

"Walk to Remember" 6 p.m. Marinai


Sig Citizen: Vittoria Cugnata

Santa Lucia del Mela & Vasari Vineyard Tour ITT

Storytime* Library 10 a.m.






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ITT Gear & Go: x4777, x4396 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!

Vittoria Cugnata, employee relations assistant at Commander Navy Region EURAFSWA is a Sig Citizen. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Tony D. Curtis/Released)

BY MC2 Tony D. Curtis NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


ittoria Cugnata, an employee relations assistant aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella was in the women's restroom and heard the sound of consistent water running. After checking the ladies restroom, she couldn’t find the source. “I realized the sound was coming from the men's restroom,” said Cugnata. “After knocking at the door I entered and found one of the toilets would not stop flushing.” Next, Cugnata called to put in a work request, but it was determined to be a non-emergency request that would not receive immediate inspection. “I was so disappointed wasting such an amount of water over a weekend,” said Cugnata. When she realized the waste of water was against NAS Sigo-

nella’s Energy Conservation Program, a colleague, Agatina Urso, suggested they fix it themselves. They found a set of pliers and tried to pull the broken flush. After a couple of pulls, the water finally stopped flushing. “We try to fix things as they break but also recognize that building tenants will be the first ones on scene to discover a problem,” said Cmdr. William Breckinridge, NAS Sigonella’s public works officer. “As the eyes and ears of any problems out there, they play a key role in helping us maintain the base's facilities.” NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Dennis heard about Cugnata’s efforts in energy conservation and thanked her for her efforts. “Sig Citizenship is based on obligations of citizens towards the community, not just rights given,” said Dennis. “Ms. Cugnata gets it. She recognized a wasteful situation and acted. She demonstrated through persistence that she is deeply connected to the Sigonella commu-

nity in her everyday life.” “I believe energy conservation is a choice. Sometimes it is hard to change our lifestyles, because it needs too much of an effort,” said Cugnata. “We always think there is someone else who will do it or who will take care of energy conservation. If not us, then who?” Cugnata also wanted to recognize that in her building, every member contributes to the energy conservation within their work space. “Since the ancient Greeks, who lived here in Sicily, the obligations of citizenship have been deeply connected with everyday life,” said Dennis. “To be truly human, one must be an active citizen to the community.” “I applaud Ms. Cugnata's initiative and stewardship in resolving this issue,” said Breckinridge. “She discovered an issue and in trying to be a good steward of our limited resources, she acted quickly to resolve it.” Breckinridge added if you have a facility trouble call, call DSN 624-2949 or 624-6013.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society open for business by Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is providing assistance to active duty and retired Marines and Sailors who are experiencing financial difficulties associated with the government shutdown. Every day of the week, around the globe, the Society provides interest-free loans and grants for basic living expenses, emergency travel expenses, and other family emergencies for military members and their families facing financial crisis or need. As a non-government, but Federally-sanctioned organization, our support to Navy and Marine Corps families is unaffected by the government shutdown. As a result of the government shutdown, the Society is working closely with the Navy and Marine Corps Casualty Assistance Offices to advance nec-

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

essary financial assistance for next of kin to travel to the bedside of seriously ill or injured Marines and Sailors, or those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. “No Marine Corps or Navy family with legitimate financial needs should suffer hardship as a result of this temporary government closure,” stated Maj. Gen. Jensen, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Society. “Every member of the NMCRS Team is leaning forward to assist those in need!” For more information on the Society’s programs and services, please visit or contact your nearest NMCRS office at location.



OCTOBER 18, 2013

Fall festivals in Cesarò and Roccapalumba, Verdi’s Stiffelio debuts at Catania Bellini Opera Oct. 18 through Oct. 20


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Learn how to say these words in Italian!

English: water Italian: acqua

English: coffee Italian: caffè

English: wine Italian: vino

English: milk Italian: latte

English: beer Italian: birra

English: juice Italian: succo

English: tea Italian: tè

English: beverage Italian: bevanda



HEADLINES Fake Parmesan, Asiago and Pecorino seized at International Food Fair (IT) Italian products are famous and loved across the world and carry with them a value as a brand that many want to exploit. In the latest such case, counterfeit Parmigiano Reggiano, Asiago and Pecorino cheese were found at one of the largest food and beverage fairs in the world, the Anuga Fair in Cologne, Germany. Naturally, a centrepiece of the fair are Italian products that are widely requested. The fake cheeses were presented by a USA-based company under the names of Parmesan, Asiago and Pecorino Romano. In order for a product to be real Parmesan, it can only come from Italy, be approved by the consortium of Parmesan producers and should also be labelled accordingly. Thankfully, the German authorities acted promptly and sequestered the products. Strict European regulations enabled this action which would have been more complicated or close to impossible in the USA where the rules do not ban producers from advertising products as Italian even when they are not. Next time you are browsing for Parmesan at a supermarket make sure it is clearly labelled as Parmigiano Reggiano produced in Italy!

How Italians use colours in everyday language

Dimitra Theodossiou is one of the performers featured in Giuseppe Verdi’s Stiffelio. The mouthwatering Black Pig salame is one of the specialties which will be available at the Nebrodi Black Pig and Porcino Mushroom Festival running this weekend in Cesarò and featuring Nebrodi Park’s traditional food booths arts and crafts and entertainment. (Photo by

The days are still warm in Sicily but the fall is in full bloom. The upcoming weekend offers the chance to enjoy two mouthwatering fall festivals, one in the Messina province and the other near Palermo. The Sagra del Suino Nero e del Fungo Porcino dei Nebrodi (Nebrodi Black Pig and Porcino Mushroom Festival ) returns to Cesarò, a picturesque town in the Messina province, this weekend (Oct. 18 through 20) at the town's public gardens (villa Aldo Moro) and in piazza Matteotti . The event, nicknamed “Cesarò Green Fest,” celebrates both the mouthwatering Nebrodi Black Pig (Suino Nero) and the Porcino mushroom. As reported by, the Nebrodi black pig's presence in the Nebrodi woods dates back to the Greek period of Carthage (VIII -VI sec. to. C.). This animal is a wild pig very similar to the wild boar that lives in a free state feeding on the foods found in the covered grounds of the woods. Delicious prosciutto, salami and sausages are made from its meat after it is cured with salt. Nebrodi Black Pig is one of the 28 Sicilian "presìdi slow food" (protected breed threatened with extinction). As reported by, Slow Food "Presìdi" indeed sustain quality production at risk of extinction, protect unique regions and ecosystems, recover traditional processing methods, and safeguard native breeds and local plant varieties. The Presidia directly involve producers, offer technical assistance to improve production quality, organize exchanges among different countries, provide new market outlets (both locally and internationally). Slow Food is an international membersupported nonprofit association and a worldwide network of people committed to improving the way food is produced and distributed. Festival specialties will include: "risotto ai porcini" (porcini mushroom's risotto), "arrosto di suino nero dei Nebrodi" (roast of Nebrodi Black Pig), "pane caldo condito con olio sale e peperoncino" (freshly baked bread dressed with olive oil, salt and chili pepper and other delicacies). Cesarò is a picturesque Sicilian town located on the slopes of the Nebrodi Mountains (Messina province) and park, near Bronte. The Nebrodi Park was created in 1993 spreading over an area of forests, which makes the largest in Sicily. Its inhabitants have preserved the uniqueness of this setting, keeping their differences from the rest of the island by their language, which still has some features of the French-Lombard dialect. The forest is situated between 1,200 and 1,500 m above sea level. Cesaro' has a special longstanding good relationship with the U.S. Navy, which began in 1996 when an HC-4 helicopter helped the population to place a 7,000-pound statue of Christ on top of a mountain. The festival kicks off tonight at 6:30 p.m. Highlights include traditional food arts as well as crafts and entertainment. For more information and detailed festival schedules visit http://www.comune. If you like prickly pears, the fruits of the cactus plants, you can go to the “Opuntia Ficus-indica Fest,” the 14th edition of a successful food festival, which draws hundreds of visitors to Roccapalumba, a picturesque town in the Palermo province that is famous for its majestic rock that is home to various species of birds and for its astronomical observatory that was inaugurated in 2008. The festival, which runs from Oct. 18 through 20, kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. Highlights include prickly pear, fresh olive oil, ricotta cheese and bruschetta tasting, cooking demonstrations, live music and tours of the observatory. For more information and detailed festival schedules, visit

Giuseppe Verdi’s Stiffelio, an opera in three acts, will make its debut at the Catania Bellini Opera on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 p.m. The opera, which is from an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the French play Le pasteur, ou L'évangile et le foyer by Émile Souvestre and Eugène Bourgeois, did not find favor with the public at the time of its 1850 premier, and was soon withdrawn by Verdi in the hope that he might, at a later point revisit it, tells the story of a religious leader in a dissident community in operatic Austria who is betrayed by his wife Lina, with Raffaele, a nobleman. Lina’s father, Stankar, attempts to cover up the indiscretion for the sake of propriety. Stankar ultimately learns the truth, and it is he and not Stiffelio who kills Raffaele, but not before Stiffelio has determined to divorce Lina despite her pleas that she never betrayed him in her heart. In a short but critical final scene in Act III, Stiffelio confused and troubled, preaches to his congregation, (and in the presence of Lina and Stankar) the story of Jesus and the adulterous woman, and of her forgiveness, and on that note of ambiguity the opera ends ( Performances will be held on Oct. 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31 featuring sopranos Dimitra Theodossiou, Daniela Schillaci as Lina and baritones Giuseppe Altomare, Hayato Kamie as Stankar. Other performers include Mario Luperi, Giuseppe Costanzo, Loredana Rita Megna, Luca Iacono, Marina La Placa and Salvatore D'Agata. Maestro Antonio Manuli conducts the Bellini Opera House Orchestra and Tiziana Carlini will lead the Choir. Director is Ezio Donato. Costumes are by Dora Argento, lighting designer is Salvatore Da Campo. For more information, detailed schedules and tickets call ITT at 624-4777 or visit

(IM) We all love the kaleidoscope of color that we so readily picture as being the essence of Italy. It obviously comes from Italian art and their world famous taste and elegance, but ultimately most colours we associate with Italian design come from nature – the fields of wild poppies in May, the sunflowers in July, the soil that changes hue as it is tilled and left to cook in the heat to create those beautiful shades of terracotta and siena amongst the green of the cypress trees. It comes from the abundance of fruit, Sicilian oranges and lemons, the olives and those red tomatoes blushing on village vegetable stalls. It comes from the white of the mountains, marble and snow, the blue of the sea and sky, and of course from that ever shining golden orb, il sole. But what about colours used in everyday language? Do Italians get blue with depression or do they say white lies? Let's find out how to use colours in common language expressions in Italian. Azzurro - Blue: Italians don’t feel blue when they are down, but Italy’s main sport colour is 'azzurro', light blue, and the national athletes are often referred to as the Azzurri. Your sporty Prince Charming in Italy is actually il Principe Azzurro. Giallo - Yellow: Italians read 'gialli', meaning crime fiction. This colour referring to the genre is only used in Italy and is due to the Giallo Mondadori crime fiction collection, designed by Lorenzo Montano and published in Italy by Arnoldo Mondadori in 1929: the term giallo refers to the colour used on the cover. Nero - Black: Italians can 'vedere tutto nero', see everything in black, be very pessimistic and focus only on the dark side of things. When they get angry, they get black with anger and they can even threaten to 'fare nero qualcuno', to get someone black, meaning beat him up. Finally, people can also 'lavorare in nero', literary 'work in black', meaning they work in an irregular way. Bianco - White: When you are told to eat plain food in Italy, you will be recommended to 'mangiare in bianco', literary 'to eat white', and if someone pays you with a blank cheque that would be white too, 'un assegno in bianco', and if instead, you are told you have 'carta bianca' it means you are so trusted they gave you a free hand at doing something. Rosso e Verde - Red and Green: In Italy when you are short of money you are not ‘in the red’ but 'al verde', literary 'at the green’, the colour a candle goes just before it extinguishes itself, and whether you are interested or not in blue movies, it is good to know they are actually red in Italy, 'film a luci rosse'.

Working against fakes: the case of the Cannolo Siciliano (IM) Italians tend to be very attentive to regional food traditions and authenticity of local products. One such Italian was so irritated with what he saw displayed in a shop window in Venice that he decided to snap a picture and send it to the Palermo edition of Italy’s largestcirculation daily newspaper, La Repubblica. What made him angry was to see fake cannoli siciliani advertised as the real thing – and even sold at above-average price. “It represents a damage to the entire Sicilian pastry tradition and an insult to tourists who think they are tasting one of the best products of that tradition,” he wrote to the paper. The cannoli on display in the Venice shop are made with puff pastry and filled with panna (cream). Wrong! The real cannolo siciliano is made with crunchy dough (called scorza) and filled with ricotta. Cannoli are so important in the culinary tradition that they have been included in the list of "Italian traditional food products" by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies of the Italian Government. So always beware, especially in highly visited locations, not to fall into classic tourist traps - the best advice probably being: buy local, eat local.



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ROAD LESS TRAVELED by jackie trembath NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

Sans a path, hiking up Mount Etna is very steep and can be dangerous. It is not recommended to follow the cable cars. (Photos by Jackie Trembath)

One of my favorite quotes is, “I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance." The author of that quote is unknown. I find a sense of poetry in that - because that quote could have been said by anyone. Like, Mr. or Ms. Unknown, I don't want to regret the things I could've done when I had the chance to do them. Since I arrived in Sicily, hiking Mount Etna has been on my bucket list of "Things to Do." I have been putting it off because, well, I am scared of heights. And Mount Etna is an active volcano. But, I don't want to live my life with regret. So despite my fear, I knew I couldn't pass of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hike Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe and UNESCO World Heritage Site. I verbalized my desire to climb up the mountain to a couple of friends who agreed to be my hiking buddies, thankfully, because facing a fear is easier when you have friends by your side. We set a date to meet at Etna Sud. The drive alone was anxiety- inducing for me. As the car hugged each curve of the windy road, fear began to dilute my enthusiasm. After the 40-minute drive from Acireale up the mountain, I knew I needed a jolt of courage, so I shot back a cafe doppio from the shop at the base of the climb and asked for words of affirmation from my friends. As I am a novice hiker at best, I was soon to discover that I was not as equipped for our adventure as Chad and Amy. Both had a backpack filled with snacks and bottles of water - what they called "essentials." Instead, I brought my Lowepro backpack filled with camera gear, some Euros ... and a smile. My friend Amy was so well-prepared she brought a walking stick. Fortunately, she had one for me as well. Clutching the metal handle of the splintered wood that once served as a pizza peel, I faked assurance, hoping that my sweating palms weren't noticeable. Chad, being the most experienced hiker of the three of us, volunteered to take the lead. The initial ascent was not bad. We followed the trail. As we passed a woman

Mount Etna Volcano is one of the world's most active volcanoes. The volcano has more than 400 craters. For organized hikes, visit with her child in a stroller, I mentally chastised myself for being a chicken. After all, if a woman could manage a child and a stroller and hike up a mountain, how could I, armed with my trusty walking stick, be tremulous? Before my new-found confidence could coagulate, Chad, our fearless leader decided to follow the advice of Robert Frost and take the road less traveled. And that made all the difference. He led us up Etna using the Funivia dell'Etna as a guide. These cable cars provide those that don't want to hike up to 2,900 meters, where the base of the main craters are, a comfortable carriage in which to look out at the mountain as they effortlessly soar above the lava stones and gravel. As I confessed, not being an experienced hiker, I figured my Nikes would suffice for a climb. While they provided comfort, they didn't offer great traction. Had it not been for my repurposed pizza peel, which I anchored in every six inches like I was trying to secure a beach umbrella in a sandy beach ... in a wind storm ... I surely would have kissed the side of the mountain on

numerous occasions. As the air got thinner, I stopped more often than necessary, pretending I had a great shot. I brought my camera to my eye and steadied my hands, taking the opportunity to slow my breath. The shutter clicked, capturing the moment. Once I had control of the anxiety I would concentrate again on the climb. While I carefully calculated each step as though it were a chess move and I was playing in a world tournament, Chad seemed to skip up the volcanic terrain. Amy was always close behind him. Sensing my angst, Amy and Chad offered to come back down and assist. But I wanted to do it on my own, even if it meant I did it at a slower pace. Routinely, they would find a place to perch to patiently wait for me, shouting down words of encouragement. I tried to play it cool. "I got this," I would shout back, all the while praying silently that I would not fall as I felt the loose gravel melt beneath my Nikes like quicksand, sending little lava pebbles careening. I imagined an avalanche.

In two and a half hours, we had climbed high enough that it seemed we were in the clouds. The base where our adventure began was no longer visible, but ahead we could see the end of the cable car line. It was a sharp vertical hike ahead. Momentarily I wondered if heading back down the mountain might be more prudent than continuing on. Finally, I caught up to Chad and Amy who had found a small level area to wait. Over water and shared snacks, we admired the view and congratulated ourselves for having made it so far without any incidents. Since the climb was so steep and there was no trail, our adventure was borderline crazy, at least in my book. Amy and Chad offered coaching. "Use the rocks as anchors." We continued on. Each at our own pace. I realized I did not have the hand-eyecoordination necessary to hold a camera and climb a mountain like Spiderman, so I secured my camera and did as instructed. I maneuvered my foot sideways like a badly executed demi-plié, anchoring my step against a rock, bent forward almost to a

crawl with one hand grasping the ground and the other holding my makeshift walking stick to steady me. Not my best look, but a defining moment. Even though I was scared, I wasn't going to quit. As I continued to awkwardly maneuver my way up the volcanic landscape, I mentally high-fived myself. Just as I reached the final stretch, I saw Amy and Chad. They rejoined me. Amy turned to me and said, "I will never look at a rock the same way. Ever. The rocks were our saving grace." She was right. Instead of obstacles, the rocks had become our anchors. I thought to myself, "It really is all about perspective what a metaphor for life." We hiked to the end. Together. I was so excited to have survived that I forgot about my camera and did not take the opportunity to capture the moment of accomplishment, but it is a moment forever photographed in my mind. Not only had I conquered a fear and climbed an active volcano, but had taken the road less traveled by, with friends and no regrets. And that made all the difference.



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IC2 Tiffany Dione Hamilton

SIGONELLA SUPERSTAR IC2 Tiffany Hamilton is broadcast engineer for Armed Forces Network (AFN). She goes aboves and beyond in her duties as broadcast engineer. She installed Malware software on 24 computers and eight servers ensuring the security of AFN Sigonella's netweork remained protected. She also worked tirelessly rebuilding the Traffic machine from scratch, restoring AFN's ability to send all news stories and TV spots to AFN Europe for review with minimal downtime. In addition, Hamilton is NAS Sigonella's Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decision (CSADD) President. She has coordinated the planning and execution of 13 successful CSADD community relations events, fostering positive and cohesive, personal and professional relationships between our host nation and the base. Since taking over as president, membership grew more than 100%, which directly aided to the 60% decline of DUI's base-wide. Hamilton also serves as a NAS Sigonella Sexual Assault Response Victim Advocate and has volunteered more than 400 hours focused, ready and available to respond to victims of sexual assault. For these reasons and more, IC2 Hamilton is the Sigonella Superstar of the Month! Kudos, IC2!

Get to know Tiffany Where are you from originally? New Orleans. Why did you decide to join the service? I wanted to travel and go to school. How long have you served? Six years as of Oct. 12. What does your job entail? Maintaining AFN's computers and ensuring that all the software and hardware functions properly. What is your favorite part of your job? I am constantly learning new things. What's your favorite thing about living in Sicily? The scenery and fresh markets.


IC2 Tiffany Hamilton is broadcast engineer for Armed Forces Network Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released.)

How long have you been stationed here? 1 yr and 10 months. What's your favorite place you have visited so far? Spain. I have been there three times: to Barcelona, Madrid, and the Palma Islands. I enjoy myself every time.

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Join MWR for another fun filled Autumn Fest celebration. We will be celebrating from 5 p.m. to midnight on both Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. Join us and enjoy a full evening of live entertainment, food, games, rides and so much more! This year’s festival will kick-off with our 2nd annual Zombie Run on Friday, Oct. 25. Volunteer as a zombie, or sign up to run for your life! Also on Friday, local talent will be vying for a chance to win Sig’s Got Talent: Sigonella’s hottest talent competition. You don’t want to miss these one of a kind performances! Saturday, Oct. 26, come out and watch some of the area’s strongest men and women flex their muscles in the 2nd annual Sigonella Strongman Competition. Not signed up yet? Don’t worry; registration is open for this event until Thursday, Oct. 24, so if you think you have what it takes, get your registration packet into the NAS I Gym today!

Schedule of events: Oct. 25 • 5 p.m.: Zombie Run starts: Carnival rides, inflatables, haunted house, face painting and vendors booths open. • 5 - 7 p.m.: AFN Live • 6 - 7 p.m.:Trick or Treat Lane • 7 - 9 p.m.: Sigs Got Talent • 9:30 - 11:30 p.m.: The Strike (Live Band)


October 26 • 5 p.m.: Carnival rides, inflatables, haunted house, face painting and vendors booths open. • 7 - 8:15 p.m.: Strongman Competition finals • 8:30 - 10 p.m.: Hypnotic (Live Band) • 10:15 - 11:45 p.m.: Victor Appaloosa (Live Band)

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule &  Descriptions

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 *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, Broccoli, Crisp Drop Cookies. *Speed Line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup, Roast Turkey, Fishwich Sandwich, Tossed Green Rice, Chicken Gravy, Corn O’Brien, Green Beans, Crisp Drop Cookies.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 *Breakfast: Hot Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Grilled Sausage Patties, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Muffins. * Lunch: Chicken Vegetable Soup, Roast Turkey, Meat Loaf, Steamed Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Carrots , Fresh Broccoli, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Oatmeal Cookies. *Speed Line: Pasta Bar . Dinner: Zesty Bean Soup, Fishwich, Penne Alfredo, Orange Rice, Peas & Carrots, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Oatmeal Cookies.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Crumb Cake. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Egg Drop Soup, Savory Baked Chicken, Fresh Squash, White Cake. *Dinner: Vegetable Soup, Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce, Breaded Pork Chop, Fresh Cauliflower, Garlic Bread, White Cake.

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Bear Claws. *Lunch: Beef Rice Soup, Beef Stew, B.B.Q Chicken , Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower, Carrot, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Pudding. *Speed Line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Cream of Chicken Soup, St. Louis BBQ Pork Ribs, Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce, Steamed Rice, Fried Cabbage, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Pudding.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast Puff, Asstd Doughnuts. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Salisbury Steak, Eggplant Ratatouille, Pudding. *Dinner: Chicken Vegetable Soup, Sauerbraten, Spaghetti Carbonara, Rice Pilaf, Natural Pan Gravy, Seasoned Carrots, Pudding.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, , Oven Fried Bacon, Corned Beef Hash, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Raisin Muffins. *Lunch: Corn Chowder Soup, Roast Pork, Lasagna, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Fresh Carrots, Cabbage, Peanut Butter Cookies, Cherry Pie. *Speed Line: Fishwich, Onion Rings. *Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Salisbury Steak, Spaghetti Carbonara, Ginger Rice, Fresh Broccoli, Cherry Pie, Peanut Butter Cookies.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 *Breakfast: Hot Hominy Grits, Minced Beef on Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Streusel Coffee Cake. *Lunch: Creamed of Potato Soup, Roast Beef, Lemon Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, Brown Gravy, Mixed Vegetables, Fresh Squash, Brownies, Yellow Cake w/ Icing, Fruit Ambrosia. *Speed Line: Asstd. Pizza. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Grilled Chicken Breast, Penne Amatriciana, Rice Pilaf, Chicken Gravy, Fresh Cauliflower, Brownies, Yellow Cake w/ Icing, Fruit Ambrosia.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 *Breakfast: Hot Oatmeal, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. *Lunch: Cream of Potato Soup, Yankee Pot Roast, Baked Fish w/Tomato Cherry, Oven Glo Potatoes, Tossed Green Rice, Seasoned Mix Vegetables, Fresh Squash, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Pudding. *Speed Line: Grilled Hamburger/ Cheeseburger, French Fried Potatoes, Baked Beans. *Dinner: French Onion Soup, Spaghetti w/ Fish Sauce, Chicken Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Fresh Cauliflower, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Pudding.

As a reminder, all dependents are always welcome at the galley! Please provide any negative or positive feedback, there is a suggestions box near the entrance to the galley, next to the serving line.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

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

The Family Getaway Captain Phillips World’s End

Thursday, Oct. 24

Friday, Oct. 18

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

Rush Gravity Insidious Chapter 2 Prisoners

Saturday, Oct. 19

2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Hotel Transylvania 3D One Direction Prisoners Riddick Rush

Sunday, Oct. 20

2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Cloudy Meatballs 2 3D Hotl Transylvania Gravity 3D The Family Captain Phillips

Tuesday, Oct. 22

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

Gravity 3D One Direction Prisoners Rush

R PG-13 PG-13 R PG PG R R R PG PG PG-13 R PG-13

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

Hotel Transylvania Insidious Chapter 2 Riddick The Family

R PG-13 PG-13 R PG PG-13 R R

Friday, Oct. 25 - Autumn Fest

3:00 PM Cloudy Meatballs 2 3D PG 3:30 PM Gravity PG-13

Saturday, Oct. 26 – Autumn Fest

1:00 PM Insidious Chapter 2 1:30 PM Hotel Transylvania 3:30 PM Rush 4:00 PM Captain Phillips

PG-13 PG R PG-13

2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM


Sunday, Oct. 27

Hotel Transylvania 3D Cloudy Meatballs 2 Parkland Prisoners Don Jon

PG-13 PG R R

DON JON ... R STARRING: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. (90 m.) INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 ... PG-13 STARRING: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world (106 m.) PARKLAND ... PG-13 STARRING: Zac Efron, Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thornton A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. (93 m.) PRISONERS ... R STARRING: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (153 m.) THE FAMILY ... R STARRING: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard (111 m.) Rush ... R STARRING: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda (123 m.)

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Random Facts • Red and purple leaves are actually caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside of the leaves. • Once the leaves have turned brown, they are dead and no longer receive any nutrients. • Some say hot cocoa is healthier than hot chocolate. • Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors. • Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating. • American car horns beep in the tone of F. • It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

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OCTOBER 18, 2013 All classified ads are free to the community for advertising personal property for sale, trade or giveaway. Ads must be sent to no later than 5 p.m. of the Friday before the week of publication and must include POC name and phone number. For more information, call 624-5440, 624-2798 or 095-86-5440/2798 or


2002 Mazda Protege ES. Automatic Transmission! Cold A/C, power windows, stereo with cd, air bags, power locks, 4cyl, American spec vehicle that could be shipped back to the states! Asking $2,500 OBO. Call Mike at 345-808-8543. 2011 Ford Mustang Premium Coupe, Grabber Blue, 3.7L 305HP

V6, 19/31mpg, 6 speed manual transmission, black leather, Sirius sat radio, Sync MP3 Voice Command Shaker Sound System, 18" rims, adjustable dash and accent colors, all stock except Borla exhaust. 13,400 miles. Turn heads, $18,100 Blue Book, asking $17,500 firm. Call Michael at 345827-5338.

NOTICE Fire Prevention Night is Oct. 22. Join the Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella community for Fire Prevention Night at the Marinai Housing Sports Complex on Oct. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. Fire Prevention Night is focused on promoting the community’s

attention towards fire safety and prevention. Fire Prevention Night is part of the focus throughout America of an annual fire, safety, and awareness campaign sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.


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2013 Military mail holiday mailing dates by LTJG Kristin Lein NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella

One of the challenges of living OCONUS is that you simply cannot give last minute holiday gifts. To help you prepare for winter holidays, the United States Postal Service and Military Postal Service Agency published recommended mail-by dates for best chance delivery prior to 25 December. Pass this information to your friends and families stateside, and place your online and mail-order gift deliveries early so that your holiday mail enters the mail stream by the recommended mailing dates.

Adopt while stationed overseas International & fostercare adoptions, homestudies. Gel nails @ your home: Manicure, French, Art Manicure & Custom Nails. Call. Maria 328 450 6727.

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

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NOTE: Ads run for two weeks on a space available basis and must be sponsored by active duty military members, family members or Italian/ American base employees. AFTS/AFN decoders must be sold only to another authorized individual: active duty or retired U.S. military, DoD direct-hire employees or their spouse. Ads that profit a business or individual, such as housekeeping or baby-sitting services considered commercial ads. Commercial ads are not accepted. Requests for commercial ads must be made to Stampa Generale: 081-568-7884 or

Holiday Mailing Checklist: • Boxes clearly addressed and free of markings • Customs declaration forms completed – Country is “United States” • Packages do not contain prohibited items (e.g. wine, pornography, explosives) • Ship no later than dates above for the best chance of delivery prior to 25 December The post office provides boxes free of charge for Priority Mail ®. If you choose to use another box, you must remove or cover any previous markings; such markings could cause delays or prevent delivery altogether. Outgoing mail requires a customs declaration form. View prohibited items at Check with your local post office for details on size and weight restrictions and applicable rates.

CFC-O Charities need your help: Participate in week of online giving by department of defense, WASHINGTON HEADQUARTERS SERVICES

Each autumn, over 180 locally administered Combined Federal Campaigns (CFC) raise more than $250 million from generous federal employees to support thousands of charitable organizations. This year, the government shutdown and furloughs have impacted critical fundraising efforts. Thousands of nonprofits depend on CFC funding and are in jeopardy of having to cut programs and services to those who need it most, including affected military families. Despite the current challenges, the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) has been able to continue operations, and CFC-O pledges to charitable organizations continue to increase daily. This is a testament to the extreme dedication of campaign representatives at installations and units throughout the five overseas combatant commands and the gen-

erosity of the uniformed and civilian men and women serving overseas in our nation’s armed services. During this time of legislative uncertainty, your strong support of causes and organizations that resonate with you inspires the rest of the nation. Thank you for answering our nation’s call to serve and to give in so many ways. If you have not completed a CFC-O pledge yet, please consider doing so during the week of online giving Oct. 21 – 25. This year, the CFC-O offers several ways to complete an online pledge http:// If you have already completed your pledge, thank you. Please consider spreading the message of need with your colleagues and friends. Every pledge matters. Through your support, you offer hope and help at this critical time.




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"The Signature," October 18 issue  

In this week’s issue of “The Signature,” NASSIG Firefighters receive their Structural Training Certifications, take a hike up Mt. Etna, reve...