May 16, 2014
Vol. 31 No. 19
SECNAV holds global “all hands call” From Defense Media Activity - Navy
FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus addressed Sailors and Marines during a live, global all hands call April 29. Mabus answered questions about the budget, deployment schedules and pay and allowances among other things during the broadcast held at the Defense Media Activity. Mabus emphasized the Navy's unique presence, citing that the Navy is where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, not just at the right time, but all the time. "We do this by focusing on four things," said Mabus. "People, Platforms, Power and Partnerships." During the broadcast, Mabus took questions from those gathered at DMA, from around the fleet via e-mail, from those tuned in to a live chat on the Internet, and pre-recorded video. Popular topics ranged from deployment lengths and budget requirements to female hair regulations and equipment. One Sailor asked about weapon systems currently being tested, and when the Navy and Marine Corps may see those systems. Mabus said the Navy and Marine Corps are already seeing these Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus conducts a live worldwide all hands call at Defense Media Activity weapon systems out in the fleet. The Navy is putting a laser weapon on Fort Meade, Md. The secretary answered questions from the fleet on subjects ranging from pay and benefits to Navy and Marine Corps regulations via live video feeds, social media, and other sources.
See "SECNAV" page 14 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark Logico/Released)
Military Spouses honored at Appreciation Luncheon Story by Shannon Peck
NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - “Ting, ting, ting,” rang fork against water glass as a booming voice spoke out across the galley; Lt.Brian Conlan asked, “Can I have your attention?” Guests looked up from their conversations and saw fresh floral arrangements, array of door prizes, and stunning three-tier cake – it was the start of Sigonella’s inaugural Military Spouse Appreciation Day Luncheon. President Ronald Reagan established Military Spouse Appreciation Day in 1984 as a means of publicly recognizing the ways military spouses serve their country alongside active duty members by enduring family hardships and career challenges. Lt. Conlan volunteered as Mater-of-Ceremonies and entertained more than 50 military spouses eating lunch and the more than 70 active duty members providing them fine-dining service. In Gear Career (IGC) and Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) organized the event and the Ombudsman Association and MWR sponsored. Spouses enjoyed a delicious meal served to them by active duty members. Lt. Conlan engaged the crowd and gave away more than 30 prizes – including MWR movie, bowling and pool passes, bouncy house day rental, training sessions by Kirsten Reichel, cupcake products from Ang Martin (who also donated the three-tier cake), babysitting hours, meals, and more – from a wide swath of community members including the Hospital Chiefs Association and Kirenia Scott, who donated the grand prize gift basket. Guest speakers at the luncheon included NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis, NAVSUP Command Master Chief Daniel Fernandez, and CTF 67 Commodore Michael McClintock. IGC member and volunteer organizer Megan Musselwhite said, “I was so overwhelmed by the active duty members who were there to support and serve the spouses! Our community is absolutely amazing!” Like most big productions, the luncheon was successful due to the organizing volunteers. IGC members Andrea Peters, Liz Zendner, Jessica Poole, Jill Warning, Angel Leibfreid and Megan Musselwhite who volunteered more than 40 hours of personal time to organize this event, with FFSC and Ombudsman making significant contributions along the way. Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella spouses enjoyed a fine dining experience during the inaugural Military Spouse Volunteers included members from Aircraft Intermediate Appreciation Lunch at Ristorante Bella Etna galley, May 8. Along with lunch where they were waited on by NAS Maintenance Department Sigonella (AIMD), Executive Sigonella active duty Sailors, the spouses were also awarded raffle prizes throughout the event. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Bramham/Released)
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U.S. NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis Executive Officer Cmdr. Eric Vosler Command Master Chief CMDCM David Graham
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May 16, 2014
Sailors pack theater for "Can I Kiss You" program
Command Master Chief David Graham Buongirono Sigonella, As you likely know, safety and security are of the utmost importance to us here. With that said, we've had a number of people attacked by stray animals lately while out running. Our goal is to make the base a safe place for service members and their families. I'm asking for your help in controlling the stray problem. Please do not feed the strays. If there is no food for the animals to eat, they will go searching elsewhere. If anyone is bit, please report to medical immediately for immunization shots and then report the incident to Security. Animal bites could cause health issues that could also result in missed work that will ultimately cause your shipmates to work more covering the time you're gone. In the March 28 issue of The Signature, the top story urged us to not feed the strays and how to protect yourself. If you come across a potentially dangerous stray on base notify Security Dispatch immediately at DSN 624-5225. I encourage you to read through it again: http://issuu.com/nas_sigonella/docs/sigo_web_28march/1 On another note, there have been a few Sigonellans who have been scammed out of money near the base. The reoccurrence of the "rearview mirror scam" has been recently reported. This scam sees con artists throwing a soft object at another motorist's vehicle (i.e. an orange) as to simulate an impact. After doing so the con artist gets the other driver to stop and claims for damages by means of a broken rearview mirror already in their possession. A request for money ensues, accompanied by threats of calling local law enforcement agents. Such a request starts with a substantial amount of money which eventually goes down to an amount that is fairly easily payable, roughly 50-80 euro. If such a scam is attempted on you do not pay anything and please contact immediately Emergency Dispatch Center at 095-86-5225 or the NAS Sigonella Security Liaison Division at 095-86-2795 or 335-841-2014. And finally, I want to talk about summer safety. That includes using sunscreen when outside, properly hydrating and other items covered at the 101 days of summer all-hands brief. But I'm also talking about safety when you're visiting placing around the island and around Europe. There are quite a few pickpockets. When you're out enjoying the scenery, try to keep an eye on those around you. If you get bumped into, check your pockets or bag pockets. If you're in a crowded area such as a metro, try to hold your bag to your chest tightly until in a less crowded area. Also be aware of Vespa bandits. They will drive crazily down a crowded road, pull up alongside a vehicle with windows down and reach in and grab whatever they can and drive away much faster than you will be able to due to traffic. Another tactic they use is driving and intentionally crashing in front of your vehicle causing a distraction while their buddy steals whatever they can out of your vehicle. To protect yourself, when driving out in town, lock your doors while driving, get your air conditioning fixed so you can leave your windows up and pay attention to what's going on around you. Stay safe this summer Sigonella. Hooyah! Command Master Chief Graham
TUESDAY - FRIDAY ■ 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 NAS II Chapel SUNDAY ■ 5 p.m. Protestant Evening Service
Memorial Day weekend hospital hours NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, U. S. Naval Hospital Sigonella's outpatient clinics will close at 4 p.m. on May 23 and reopen at 7:30 a.m. on May 27 for all routine appointments. The Emergency Department will remain open at all times for urgent medical needs and can be reached at DSN 624-3844. The Pharmacy Department will be open May 23 – 25 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and closed on May 26. For all other questions, please contact U. S. Naval Hospital Sigonella's Information Desk at DSN 624-384. NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Did you know that the Region Legal Service Office can assist you with both green card and naturalization application processes? Regarding naturalization, effective May 5, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will only accept a newly released version of the N-400, Application for Naturalization Form. The redesigned form has an improved user-friendly look, clearer instructions and an enhanced 2D barcode technology that improves efficiency and data accuracy at USCIS, with the aim of reducing rejected forms. Individuals seeking U.S. Citizenship can access the revised form at <http://www.uscis.gov/n-400>, and are encouraged to fill it out electronically. Individuals who are unable to fill out the revised Form N-400 electronically may still print the form and complete it by hand in black ink. For more information on the new Form N-400, or the naturalization process, customers can visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov or call our Legal Assistance Department at DSN 624-2991.
Watch out for "rear view mirror scams" Mike Domitrz (standing), founder of the Date Safe Project, discusses his "Can I Kiss You" Program for Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Sailors, May 6, at the base theater on NAS I. According to Domitrz, "Can I Kiss You" is a program geared towards people asking verbally what they want or don’t want when it comes to sexual intimacy. Other features of the program teach attendees about bystander intervention in situations where alcohol is involved and how to open the door for family members or close friends to come forward if they have been involved in sexual assault incidents. Dormitrz also adds that his program is met with high reviews because Sailors react to a standard of humor Dormitrz uses in his skits along with crowd interaction. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Bramham/Released)
Ballet class performs Pinocchio recital
NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - The reoccurrence of the "rearview mirror scam" has been recently reported. Such a scam sees con artists throwing a soft object at another motorist's vehicle (i.e. an orange) as to simulate an impact. After doing so the con artist gets the other driver to stop and claims for damages by means of a broken rearview mirror already in their possession. A request for money ensues, accompanied by threats of calling local law enforcement agents. Such requests start with a substantial amount of money that eventually goes down to an amount that is easy to pay out of pocket, that's roughly 50 – 80 euro. If such a scam is attempted on you do not pay anything and please contact the Emergency Dispatch Center immediately at 095-86-5225 or the Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Security Liaison Division at 095-86-2795 or 335-841-2014.
Volunteers needed at Sigonella Middle / High School NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - For anyone that has experience tutoring, the Sigonella Middle / High School is in need of volunteer aids for tutoring children during the day and after school. Those who are interested in this volunteer opportunity need to fill out a volunteer packet which can be picked up from the school’s front office, Monday through Friday at any time from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. In addition to tutoring the school is also looking for volunteers for monitoring the cafeteria. Anyone with questions or interest in volunteering can contact Richard Dye at DSN 624-4281.
Missoula Children’s Theater coming to Sigonella
NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES ROMAN CATHOLIC Sunday ■ 8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel)
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May 16, 2014
OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES LATTER-DAY SAINTS SUNDAY at 1:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-9049 JEWISH SHABBAT LAY SERVICE FRIDAY at 5:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) NIGHT STUDY WEDNESDAY at 5 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) ■ Italian Class Tuesday at 7 p.m (Classroom at NAS 1 Chapel)
■ AA Meetings: MONDAY at 5:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) second deck; THURSDAY at 7 p.m. (NAS II Chapel) NAS Sigonella Religious Ministries Department Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NavalAirStationSigonella Chapel
Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049, DSN: 624-3975, CHAPLAIN DUTY: 335-831-4493 RP DUTY: 335-786-1950
Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella children from ages 3 – 7 years old from Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Sigonella’s ballet class performed a ballet recital from the Disney classic, Pinocchio at Knight’s Hall, May 7. The class is led by Maria Puglisi and is open for children around NAS Sigonella interested in ballet. Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:15 – 4 p.m. in Midtown and are broken down into four age groups which are 3-year-olds, 4 to 5, 6 to 7, and 8 to 9. Parents with children interested in Puglisi’s classes can contact her via Facebook at Maria’s Ballet Classes Sigonella or at the front desk at the NAS I gymnasium. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Bramham/Released)
NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Mark your calendars Sigonella; Missoula Children’s Theater performers are coming back to Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella from Aug. 11 – 15. The performers will be holding free and open auditions for NAS Sigonella children ages 6 – 18 for parts in their depiction of Hansel and Gretel. Auditions will last throughout the week until the performance on Aug. 15. In the past, Missoula Children’s theater has performed many productions at NAS Sigonella including King Arthur’s Quest, Robin Hood, Blackbeard the Pirate, The Tortoise vs. the Hare, and The Princess and the Pea. For more information on Missoula Children’s Theater check out their web site, www.mctinc.org or contact School Liaison Officer, Chris McKibbin at DSN 624-3242.
May 16, 2014
MAY/June Monday 19
ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC
ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC
Italiiano Espresso Language Class 10 - 11:30 a.m. FFSC
Alcantara Gorge and Winery 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ITT
Italiiano Espresso Language Class 10 - 11:30 a.m. FFSC
ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC
Palermo 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. ITT
Flower Festival in Noto 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. ITT
1/2 price Bowling 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sparetime Bowling
Arrivederci Class 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FFSC
Stress Management 1 - 3 p.m. FFSC
Friday Italiiano Espresso Language Class 10 - 11:30 a.m. FFSC
Relocation Fair 1:30 - 3 p.m. FFSC
Introduction to the Family Records Organizer Program 9 - 10:30 a.m. FFSC Relocation Fair 1:30 - 3 p.m. FFSC
There are two ways to submit feed back to Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis. Visit The Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) home page on a One-Net computer at: http://ice. disa.mil, All Sigonella services are found under the Navy Europe Listing in the scroll-down menu. Also, visit NAS Sigonella's website www.cnic.navy.mil/Sigonella, go to the "About" drop down menu and click on " CO Suggestion Box". The Signature will anonymously publish comments and responses for the benefit of the Sigonella community. Please make sure your comments and suggestions are constructive. In other words, "BE NICE ON ICE."
CO's Responses to your Suggestions Concern regarding cleanliness of NAS I locker rooms:
Family Night Out 5 -8 p.m. Sparetime Bowling
Sig Safe 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. FFSC
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR 16
May 16, 2014
Splasher's Opening Weekend! 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Splasher's Pool
Aromi and Scicli by Night 1:15 p.m. - 11 p.m. ITT
"Every Friday" Nissoria & Leonforte 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ITT
Arrivederci Class 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FFSC Heritage Run 7:30 a.m. Midtown I
Marzamemi Boat Tour 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Outdoor Rec
Extreme Bowling* 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sparetime Bowling *Every Saturday
FFSC: x4291 ITT : x4777, x4396 Liberty/Connections/Take 5: x4246, x5602 Outdoor Rec: x4777, x4396 Fitness: x4483, x5243 Midtown 2 Theaters: x4248 American Red Cross: x4900
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Cleanliness of the NAS I locker rooms. The showers/ locker room are unsanitary.
Due to budget cuts in October 2013, the custodial services for the fitness center were reduced to three times per week vice the daily service it was previously receiving. I'm happy to say we now have more budget flexibility and the contract levels were just restored this past week allowing us to provide service five times per week. In the future, please notify the front desk if you notice any unsightly conditions. Also as a precaution, please use shower shoes to maintain your own personal level of protection.
Concern regarding USPS package tracking:
I was having trouble tracking a package through the post office. When I contacted the post office, I was treated poorly by the customer service representative.
Please accept my sincere apology for the poor customer service you were provided during this experience. The goal of the post office is to provide every customer with the same level of service they would provide to the Commanding Officer. For any postal customer service problems, please contact the Postal Officer personally at 624-5558 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Concern regarding NAS 1 Pool:
I am very happy that the pool on NAS 1 is finally open. I swim laps as part of my daily exercise routine. I have found it difficult to do so due to a group of children that use the pool for lap swim every day from 1430-1700. Active military should have first priority on use of the pool during lap swim.
Thank you for bringing your concern forward. Lap swim lanes are open to everyone. MWR is working with the coaches through a memorandum of u nderstanding to ensure all citizens can be accommodated. During your future workouts, if you see that the swim team is utilizing all the lanes, please speak with the coaches or the aquatics staff and they will move the students as necessary to accomodate the lap swimmers.
Concern regarding lap swimming on NAS II:
When the new pool on NAS 2 opens up, what will be the hours of operation? I have asked around and no one seems to know. It would be great to have it opened for laps before work, during lunch, or in the afternoon. Also, for those of us who get off of work late, having the pool on NAS I close at 1730 is inconvenient. Can we extend the hours of operation? Please and thank you.
Thank you for your question. The NAS I swimming pool is now open for lap swimming. The current hours of operation are: M/W/F: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. T/TH: 5:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. NAS II swimming pool hours are: M/W/F: 5:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. T/TH: Closed Check back for our Summer hours. If you need any additional assistance, contact the MWR Athletic Director, Mr. John Lenz, at 624-0504 or email@example.com
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.
Infiorata Flower Festival returns to Noto this weekend
May 16, 2014
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NOTO, Sicily - The enchanting Infiorata flower festival is back in Noto May 16 through 18. Noto is a breathtaking Baroque city located on the southern slopes of the Iblei Mountains southwest of Siracusa, which is put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Every year, Infiorata, (decoration with flowers) turns Noto into a beautiful garden. Along the streets of the historic center, festival goers get a chance to see, flower decorations that are absolutely astonishing and impressive in scale (decorations cover about 700 square meters). This year’s festival, the 35th edition, will “speak Russian” as the event will feature Russian artists who, along with their Sicilian counterparts, will perform concerts, plays and display their artifacts. “The participation of Russia in the 35th edition of Infiorata has a special meaning: this year we commemorate 1050th anniversary of the first act of solidarity between Ancient Russia and Sicily , when Prince Svyatoslav followed the advice of his mother, Princess Cristiana Olga , and established cooperative relations with Byzantium, sending to Messina an army group to fight together for the liberation of Sicily against the enemies ( year 964 ) . From that time until the present, there have been many other expressions of increasing friendship between Russia and Italy,” said Russian Consul General Vladimir Koroktov. “Important Russian artists will work not only for the realization of the sketches but also to give us concerts, exhibitions, theater performances , handicraft excellence and meeting with our artists . After Japan, a new fascinating adventure, because Noto and the Val di Noto can become more and more a place of culture and tourism. Do not miss it!” said Noto Mayor Corrado Bonfanti. The tradition of decorating the main streets of the city was originally imitated from the one that is annually organized in Genzano, a small village located in the center of Italy. In Genzano, petals were traditionally spread to decorate the itinerary of religious processions honoring the Virgin Mary. In 1980, Noto administrators decided to hold a similar festival in their town. And so they invited the Genzano decorators to “paint” with flowers the historic center of Noto. Thus, Sicilian artists quickly learned the techniques and the secrets of this ancient art. Since then, “Infiorata” became one of the most important annual cultural events in Noto. Every year, the city administration announces the theme of the year and then organizes a competition for the best sketches. An award is given to the best three drawers.
Here are some of the must-see festival’s highlights. Tonight May 16 at 5 p.m., Infioratori, (the ones who decorate with flowers) begin to fill the drawings with petal colorful plants. Tons of flower petals (about 400,000 including carnations, gerberas, daisies, roses wild flowers and more) are used to create big carpets that typically reproduce holy images and modern topics. Via Corrado Nicolaci, one among Noto’s main streets, will be covered by a mantel of flowers although there will be smaller decorations in some adjoining roads, courtyards and squares. The magnificent balconies of Palazzo Villadorata, the mesmerizing Montevergini Church and the elegance of the aristocratic palaces of Modica and Giunta, form a unique Baroque backdrop for the event. Those skilled artists will work all night through dawn to create magnificent decorations. The second day of the festival (May 17) features a vintage car gathering taking place at Ducezio Palace at 9:30 a.m. and art exhibits and food booths selling local specialties also set up in the town historic heart. On the last festival day, May 18, highlights will include a Baroque costume parade and the final fireworks & music show beginning in the historic center (Via Cavour – Corso Vittorio Emanuele and piazza Municipio) at 9 p.m. For detailed festival schedules, visit http://www.infioratadinoto.it/ What to see in town If you want a good reason to visit Noto, you should know that this amazing Baroque town is so precious that it was chosen by UNESCO to be part of its World Heritage List. UNESCO, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has indeed inscribed Noto and other seven towns in south-eastern Sicily (Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli), on the World Heritage List, which consists of 563 cultural properties throughout the world. Those cities were all rebuilt after the terrible earthquake that struck Sicily in 1693. UNESCO officials maintain that those cities represent a considerable collective undertaking featuring a unique architectural and artistic style. So while you visit the Infiorata, remember that you are in one of the most beautiful Baroque cities in the world. Did you also know that Noto is called “Garden of stone and gold” for the yellowish-rosy color of its buildings and monuments? Once you are there you’ll figure out why by yourself! Noto is located about 20 miles south of Siracusa. The city was built next to the river Asinaro in 1703 on the ruins of the ancient Roman City of Netum on the Alveria Mount, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1693. As it happened pretty much everywhere around Sicily, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Aragoneses, and Spaniards conquered Noto throughout the centuries. But unfortunately, few traces of the pre-Baroque civilizations got remain because of the earthquake. So, today’s Noto displays just the 18th century baroque layout. Noto boasts a plethora of churches and palaces that are among the most valuable examples of the skills of talented artists of the time such as Gagliardi, Sinatra, Labisi. Graceful curves of floral interfacings, of foreshortened views of palaces, gardens, and capitals and of putts decorate the facades of churches and buildings like the Church of San Francesco, San Domenico, Immacolata. San Carlo, Santa Chiara, the Franciscan Convent and the Salvatore Benedictine Monastery. Among the aristocratic palaces, Palazzo Ducezio is definitely worth a visit. Architect Vincenzo Sinagra designed it in 1748. Beautiful neo-classical style frescoes by Antonio Mazza decorate the interiors. For more information and detailed schedules, visit http://www.comune.noto.sr.it
Town of Pompeii to 'adopt' stray dogs, Canines to be vaccinated, neutered at public expense
(ANSA) - Pompeii (Naples)- Public health authorities will vet and sterilize stray dogs living in the Pompeii archeological site, and these will be adopted by the town as "neighborhood dogs", local authorities said Tuesday. A 2001 Campania regional law calls for stray dogs that cannot find a home to be vaccinated, neutered, identified via microchip placement, and then collectively adopted by the neighborhood they live in. "This way, we can protect tourists from possibly aggressive or sick strays", said Pompeii town prefect Aldo Aldi. "I'm dog lover, I've had 10 of them so far". One day earlier, the community dog-catcher tried an early-morning round up of strays at the archaeological site but none appeared.
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This weekend, Noto, a magnificent Baroque city located on the southern slopes of the Iblei Mountains southwest of Siracusa, welcomes spring with the Infiorata Flower Festival featuring historic streets decorated with flowers, entertainment, wine tasting, arts and crafts booths and more. This year’s festival, which twins with Russia, is held from May 16 through May 18. (Photo By http://www.cralregionesiciliatrapani.it/ )
(TL) - A growing number of pizza-makers in the United States have received the seal of approval from a Naples-based organization to produce authentic Neapolitan pizza, and in ovens that contain ash from Mount Vesuvius, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletena (VPN), a nonprofit organization established three decades ago to “promote and protect true Neapolitan pizza” has accredited 76 restaurants across the US, according to the report on Thursday. One pizza-maker from Phoenix, Justin Piazza, was quoted as saying that he invested $25,000 (€18,100) in buying special equipment to make ‘true’ pizza, including a wood-burning oven which features bricks made from the ashes of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that wiped out Pompeii in 79 AD. The certification also requires using certain ingredients in line with the association’s regulations as well as spending six months learning the art of pizza-making, “including handling the dough with a deftness that VPN boosters say approaches a kind of artistry”. But perfecting the Neapolitan doesn’t come cheap: on top of spending huge amounts on equipment and classes, which take place at a school in the Los Angeles area, the VPN also charges a $2,000 (€1,488) application fee, leaving some pizza-makers pessimistic about its value. "A pizzeria should be judged on how its pizza tastes, not on what alphabet soup is on its sign, or on whether the toilet paper in its bathroom is imported from Naples,” Adam Kuban, founder of Slice, a blog that is part of the Serious Eats site, wrote in 2011. The Wall Street Journal reported that although Kuban stands by those comments, he admits that the VPN stamp “establishes a default quality of pizza”. Competition is fierce among pizza-makers around the world to perfect the Naples specialty. In April, an Australian man scooped the prize for the best Neapolitan at a competition in Parma.
English: driver's license Italian: patente
English: identification card Italian: carta d’identità
English: passport Italian: passaporto
English: insurance Italian: assicurazione
English: permit/pass Italian: permesso
English: residency Italian: residenza
Have fun practicing your Italian! Buona Fortuna!
May 16, 2014
U.S. Navy HEADLINES Italian Ambassador visits NAS Whiting Field Navy accepting STA-21 By Jay Cope applications NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
MILTON, Fla. (NNS) -- Two Italian officers received a rare honor Friday, May 9, when their country's ambassador to the United States attended their Winging Ceremony at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. His Excellency Claudio Bisogniero attended the ceremony in which Lt. j.g. Lorenzo Duranti and Lt. j.g. Matteo Ricasoli from the Italian Navy and 12 American aviators were designated helicopter pilots NAS Whiting Field might seem like a strange place to receive a foreign dignitary at first glance, however, when looking closer at the flight instruction Training Air Wing Five performs, it becomes clearer. In addition to teaching 100 percent of the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard helicopter pilots, the wing is currently training 44 foreign students from six different countries: Norway, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, India and France. Italy has the largest number of students at 14. The bond between the two countries was a point of emphasis as Bisogniero addressed the assembled families and guests of the newly minted pilots. "Together we will continue to work and train, sideby-side in a long standing partnership for justice and freedom," Bisogniero stated.
The two-day visit also encompassed a reception with all the Italian students at Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola and an orientation detailing the training process all students go through in primary training with TRAWING-5 including time in a T-6B "Texan II" simulator. A former officer in the Italian Army, Bisogniero entered the Italian Foreign Service in May 1978. He has served in embassies across the globe, including Beijing; Brussels; and Washington D.C. prior to his appointment as the NATO Deputy Secretary General in 2007. He was named the Ambassador of Italy to the United States and presented his credentials to President Barrack Obama Jan. 18, 2012. As a fan of both sailing and flying, Bisogniero appreciates the area's history and military mission. "I have the deepest respect for the high skills the men and women have who defend your country," he said. "I am extremely impressed with NAS Whiting Field and the flight training program. The historical value Whiting Field has for both the school and the training done here for the students from so many countries are part of the solid and long-standing friendships our countries maintain."
Navy's newest electronic attack aircraft reaches centennial milestone By Marcia Hart
ST. LOUIS (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy officers and distinguished visitors from Missouri and Illinois gathered for a ceremony May 5 in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate the production of the 100th EA-18G Growler. The Growler, the newest advancement in the Navy's electronic attack (EA) arsenal, is a variant of the Block II F/A-18F Super Hornet and is the Navy replacement for the EA-6B Prowler. The airborne electronic attack aircraft combines modern advances in Airborne Electronic Attack systems and weapons with the tactical versatility, advancements and capabilities of the Block II Super Hornet. "The EA-18G Growler is a high demand asset that is equally critical in disrupting our enemies operations as it is enhancing our own," said Capt. Frank Morley, program manager for the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) during the ceremony at Boeing. Next week, Capt. Darryl Walker, commander of the Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CVWP), will accept delivery of the aircraft on behalf of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 in Whidbey Island, Washington, before its transfer to a designated operational squadron in the fleet. The Growler is designed to perform an array of airborne electronic attack missions, operating from either the deck of an aircraft carrier or land-based fields, similar to the EA-6B Prowler. Through these capabilities, warfighters may jam or suppress enemy radar and communication systems to protect friendly assets in the air and on the ground. "NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command) is continuing to advance the capabilities of the Growler as the U.S. Navy's electronic attack mission becomes more robust and potential adversaries up their game with increasingly lethal air defenses," Morley said. With new technologies, such as the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), the Growler will have greater capabilities in the EA arena then its predecessor. Currently, the Growler still uses the Prowler's ALQ-99 Jammer Pods, slated to be replaced with the NGJ in the early 2020s. The NGJ features active electronically scanned array antennas and a lighter, more aerodynamically shaped pod, which can allow for faster airspeed bringing greater lethality and capability to the EA-18G. The EA-18G program remains on the same schedule and cost projected when the program began in 2003, and the aircraft is projected to serve beyond 2040. The Navy accepted its first Growler Aug. 3, 2006.
By Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- The Seaman-to-Admiral (STA-21) commissioning program, which provides an opportunity for qualified Sailors to receive college educations and Navy commissions, is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2015, as announced in NAVADMIN 101/14, May 6. The deadline for submitting application packages is July 1. "We are proud of the STA-21 program and the amazing Sailors who receive their commissions through it," said Capt. Bob Fink, acting commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC). "STA21 officer candidates and their families benefit from the educational opportunity afforded them at our nation's premier universities. Completing their degree in 36 months, they remain on active duty with full pay and allowances, and the Navy pays up to $10,000 per year in support of their tuition, fees and books. STA-21 is truly an investment in the Navy as it shapes our officer corps of the future." According to the NAVADMIN, released by Vice Adm. W. F. Moran, Chief of Navy Personnel, application packages must be postmarked on or before the July 1 deadline date. Early submission is preferred, as this will allow feedback to the Sailor for submission of missing or illegible documents. The deadline for submission of additional documentation to an applicant's package is August 1. Before earning their degrees, STA-21 applicants must attend the Naval Science Institute (NSI) course at Officer Training Command (OTC), Naval Station Newport, R.I., prior to beginning college studies at an NROTC-affiliated college or university. STA-21/NSI is an eight-week course of intense officer preparation and indoctrination. Course enrollment is timed to allow college entrance during summer or fall semesters/quarters after selection. The NAVADMIN also said, the following target options and core are open for application for the FY-15 selection board: Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), Surface Warfare/Information Professional (SWO/IP), Surface Warfare/Oceanography (SWO/OCEANO), Nuclear, Special Warfare (SEAL), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Naval Flight Officer (NFO), Pilot, Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), and Nurse Corps. The following target options have zero select opportunity for FY-15: Human Resources (HR), Intelligence, Information Warfare, Medical Corps, Oceanography, Supply Corps, and Surface Warfare/ Engineering Duty (SWO/ED). The STA-21 program benefits Sailors as well as the Navy. The average candidate has at least two years and in most cases more than four years of observed performance which assists in the process of selecting the most qualified Sailors to receive a commission. Additionally, STA-21 candidates are on average older than most midshipmen, bringing a maturity directly reflected in the more than 90 percent completion rate STA-21 program candidates boast. Many Sailors involved in the STA-21 program already have some college credit, and some candidates finish ahead of the three years allotted to earn a degree. Reporting seniors who feel they have a Sailor with the potential to be selected by STA-21 should comment on their leadership skills and potential in their performance evaluations early in their career. These comments are highly regarded by the boards, even junior Sailors where their time on board, time in grade or peer ranking will not allow their evaluations to be fully consistent with the comments. A selection board is scheduled to convene in September and selectees will be announced via a NAVADMIN. Last year of the 469 applications received, only 310 were board eligible. A total of 50 applicants were selected to participate in the FY-14 STA-21 program. The NAVADMIN added that each year, packages are not considered due to non-qualifying SAT/ACT test scores, missing commanding officer (CO) endorsement, recent non-judicial punishment, missing physical fitness assessment (PFA) cycles, missing or illegible submission of documents, and not meeting program age or PFA requirements. Questions concerning this program should be directed to command career counselors or to the NSTC Officer Development directorate at (850) 452-9563. Headquartered on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., NSTC oversee 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at more than 160 colleges and universities, Officer Training Command (OTC) on Naval Station Newport, R.I., Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Ill., and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide. For more information about the STA-21 program, visit https:// www.sta-21.navy.mil. For more information about NSTC, visit http://www1.netc.navy. mil/nstc/ or visit the NSTC Facebook pages at https://www.facebook. com/NavalServiceTraining/. For more news from Naval Service Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/greatlakes/.
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Cub Scout Pack 53 runs annual Pinewood Derby story by Sgt David Perez Photo's by Heidi Radford and Sgt David Perez
NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Cub Scout Pack 53 runs its annual Pinewood Derby every May as a final event to the scouting year. The Cub Scouts from NAS Sigonella participated in this tradition at the NAS I Gym on May 10. Cub Scout Pack 53, led by U.S. Army Sgt. David Perez (Cub Master), participates in many scouting events during the year. The most anticipated is always the annual Pinewood Derby. Every year Cub Scout packs around the world assemble a car from a block of wood, four nails, and four plastic wheels, in hopes of becoming a champion. The Annual Pinewood Derby is one of the biggest events in scouting. Cub Scouts ages 6-10 work with their parents to design, shape, decorate, and assemble a winning car. The rules are simple. The car must be assembled from the 9 items that are received in the official Pinewood Derby Car kit. It can be cut, carved, shaped and painted to any design that suits the scout’s fancy, but must not exceed the maximum 5oz weight limit. Items like coins, washers, or lead weights can be used to adjust the balance and momentum of the car so long as they do not weigh more than 5oz total. The Pinewood Derby ran its first race in May 1953 in California. It continues today in much the same manner as it did 61 years ago. The driving force of the car is gravity. Launched from a standardized official Pinewood Derby track, the cars glide down the track in multiple heats to determine the winners among the separate dens, and overall pack winner. The winner goes on to fame and fortune, or maybe just bragging rights until the next year. “The Cub Scouts look forward to this one day all year long, and it is important to them that they are able to design and build these cars, then to race them and feel that sense of accomplishment,” says Cub Master David Perez. “Every scout is excited on race day, even if his car comes in last. They always have fun and cheer on the winners.” The Pinewood Derby is the culmination of their scouting year, and as they go into summer, they take with them the lessons learned in scouting. Cub Scout Pack 53, which are part of the Boys Scouts of America, welcomes all boys ages 6-10 (1st-5th grade), to meet and learn about scouting and being a good citizen. If you have a child interested in scouts please see our Facebook page by searching for “Cub Scout Pack 53”. The Boy Scouts (ages 11 through high school) have their own Facebook group which can be found by searching for “Boy Scout Troop 53”. For more information contact SGT David Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org. This year’s Winners: Overall Pack Winners: 1st Place Jeremy Fox, 2nd Place Adam Radford. 3rd Place Eric Ward. Tiger Den: 1st: Connor Buss, 2nd: Brady Harris, 3rd: Will Breckinridge. Wolf Den: 1st: Eric Ward, 2nd: Brendan Fahey, 3rd: Gavin Schaal. Bear Den: 1st: David Hurtado, 2nd: Nodoka Biondolillo, 3rd: Jack McKown Webelos: 1st Jeremy Fox, 2nd Adam Radford, 3rd Myles Bush THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA ARE A NON-FEDERAL ENTITY. THEY ARE NOT A PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS AND IT HAS NO GOVERNMENTAL STATUS.
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Some NAS Sigonella Sailors work "around the clock"
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ON THE GO WITH MWR
Catch the Magic! Summer Camp for Sigonella youth
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Benjamin Lee answers the telephone at the Emergency Dispatch Center (EDC) on Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, May 9. Lee is one of several Sailors who work out of rate at EDC. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Bramham/Released)
Sailors man their stations at the Emergency Dispatch Center (EDC) on Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, May 9. Even though EDC is primarily made up of Sailors who are working out of rate, EDC Manager Dale Carson says that the department ensures the Sailors have the opportunity and time to train with other divisions around base. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Bramham/Released)
By MC3 Cameron Bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs
NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - At a certain point in their naval careers, most Sailors will perform duties outside their comfort zone. Most Sailors at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella emergency center dispatch, perform daily duties they are not used to while keeping up with required qualification standards. This enables them to perform their daily duties and help keep the community safe. “Because we are the nerve center for passing timely, critical information, we are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Emergency Dispatch Center Manager Dale Carson said. According to Carson, the dispatchers are trained to provide high quality and professionally competent public safety services to the NAS Sigonella community. Dispatchers are also responsible for obtaining the necessary information from the various monitoring sources or individuals as well as dispatching police,
fire, and medical emergency service assets during an emergency incident. “They (Dispatchers) are the key point of contact between first responders who are en route or at the sight of an emergency,” Carson added. For those manning the phones and relaying precious information during an incident, working in dispatch is looked upon as a new opportunity that a majority of the Sailors (although working out of rate) claim to thrive in their new work environment. “There are actually multiple things that I consider to be unique about this job,” Gunner’s Mate Second Class Kirk Perrault said. “You need to be able to receive and comprehend a mass amount of information at once just so everything doesn’t fall apart. Perrault, who has worked in dispatch for almost a year under the Gold II shift instruction, compares the center to air traffic control, only with ground
resources. Perrault also says he was able to become accustomed to his work environment because of his ability to work well with other Sailors and commands, here and abroad. “You need to be able to work with every command that is located on this base and more,” Perrault said. “Throughout the day you don’t know if you’ll be receiving calls from Sigonella, Rota, London, or even the states. You have to be able to multi-task like no other or dispatch can walk all over you.” Those who work in dispatch now, had no clue they would be working for the department when they arrived to NAS Sigonella. Currently there is a representation of 21 dispatchers and seven rates within dispatch and most were not able to receive proper training before arriving to the island. According to Carson, manning for the department is provided by NAS Sigonella operations and security
NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Looking for a fun filled way for your child to make lasting friendships this summer? Sigonella Child & Youth Programs (CYP) and Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services provides something for everyone! Sigonella Child & Youth Programs has invited Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services to provide summer recreation programs for Sigonella School Age Care (SAC). The day camp program begins 16 June 2013 and runs through 22 August 2014 with 10 weekly themes. Themes include: “Amazon Jungle Rumble”, “Amazing All-Star Sports”, “Star Spangled Spirit Spectacular”, “Viking Sails & Dragon Tails”, “Madcap Museum @ Midnight”, “Super Space Station Celebration”, “Colossal Fossils & Dino-mite Discoveries”, “Kalahari Safari Surprise”, “Earth Day
Kids climb at "The Cave"
Outdoor Recreation (ODR) is sponsoring a kids climbing session at The Cave, the indoor climbing wall located at the NAS I Fit District on Wednesday, May 21st. The climb starts at 4:00 p.m. where children will have the chance to climb different paths along the rock wall that accommodate a variety of skill levels. While ODR will provide staff to assist in safely belaying children, a parent must be present for the event. Pre-registration is required with a maximum of 10 spaces available. The cost is $5.00 per person and registrations can be made at the ITT office. For more information call 624-4777 or 624-4396.
Midtown Movie Theaters
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Friday, May 16 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles. *Lunch: Chicken Corn Chowder, Roll Baked Fish, Meat Loaf Mess Lords, Carrots, Broccoli, Cookies. Speed line: Chicken Fillet and Cheese Sandwich, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup, Roast Turkey, Fishwich Sandwich, Tossed Green Rice, Chicken Gravy, Corn O’Brien, Green Beans, Cookies. Saturday, May 17 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Egg Drop Soup, Savory Baked Chicken, Hash Brown Potatoes, Summer Squash. *Dinner: Vegetable Soup, Pizza, Fishwich, Fresh Cauliflower, French Fried Potatoes. Sunday, May 18 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Italian Roasted Potatoes, French Toast. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Salisbury Steak, Peas, Italian Roasted Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken Vegetable Soup, Veal Parmesan, Penne Alfredo, Rice Pilaf, Gravy, Seasoned Carrots. Monday, May 19 *Breakfast: Hot Hominy Grits, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Italian Roasted Potatoes, Pancake. *Lunch: Creamed of Potato Soup, Roast Beef, Penne Amatriciana, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Mixed Vegetables, Summer Squash, White Cake. *Speed line: Asstd. Pizza. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Grilled Chicken Breast, Pasta Chef, Rice Pilaf, Chicken Gravy, Fresh Cauliflower.
Schedule & Descriptions
Tuesday, May 20 *Breakfast: Hot Farina, Omelets, Grilled Sausage Patties, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles. * Lunch: French Onion Soup, New England Boyle Dinner, Shepherds Beef Pie, Mustard Sauce, Carrots Stripes, Cabbage Wedges, Quartered Onions, Ice Cream. *Speed Line: Pasta Bar. Dinner: Zesty Bean Soup, Pepper Steak, Spaghetti Carbonara, Steamed Rice, Peas & Carrots. Wednesday, May 21 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Beef, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Pancakes. *Lunch: Beef Rice Soup, Stuffed Rolled Fish, Penne Amatriciana, Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower, Mixed Vegetable, Peanut butter Cookies. *Speed Line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes, Grilled Bacon. *Dinner: Cream of Chicken Soup, BBQ Pork Ribs, Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce, Steamed Rice, Fried Cabbage, Cake. Thursday, May 22 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: Corn Chowder Soup, Pork Cutlet , Chicken Breast in Orange Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Fresh Carrots, Cabbage, Ice Cream. *Speed Line: Ham Cheese Sandwich, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Salisbury Steak, Penne Alfredo, Ginger Rice, Broccoli. Friday, May 23 *Breakfast: Hot Oatmeal, Grilled Sausage Patties, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles. *Lunch: Cream of Potato Soup, Penne Alfredo, Baked Fish w/Tomato Cherry, Oven Glo Potatoes, Seasoned Mix Vegetables, Fresh Squash. Speed Line: Grilled Hamburger/ Cheeseburger, French Fried Potatoes, Baked Beans. *Dinner: French Onion Soup, Spaghetti w/ Fish Sauce, Chicken Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Fresh Cauliflower.
As a reminder, all dependents are always welcome at the galley! Please provide any negative or positive feedback. There is a suggestion box near the entrance to the galley, next to the serving line.
Birthday Extravaganza”, and “Flower Leis & Sunny Days”. The Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services program is structured for children leaving kindergarten going into 1st grade to 12 years of age. Program activities include weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, songs, games and individual age group activities. The Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services program provides high energy, high impact, fun programs for youth of all ages. Initial registration will be held from May 27th at Sigonella SAC on NAS 1 from 0900 – 1700. For further information about Sigonella School Age Care summer activities and Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services programs, please call the Sigonella School Age Care office at 624-3712.
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Heaven is for Real Grand Budapest Hotel Godzilla Transcendence
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Heaven is for Real Rio 2 Godzilla 3D Amazing Spider-Man 2 A Haunted House 2
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The Winter Soldier Rio 2 Draft Day Godzilla 3D
Noah PG-13 Rio 2 3D G Amazing Spiderman 2 3D PG-13 Sabotage R
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Godzilla 3D Grand Budapest Hotel The Winter Soldier Heaven is for Real
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X-Men: First Class X-Men: Future Past 3D A Haunted House 2 Godzilla X-Men: Future Past
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The Other Woman Heaven is for Real X-Men: Future Past 3D Trancendence Brick Mansions
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Brick Mansions Oculus The Other Woman Amazing Spiderman 2 X-Men: Future Past
A HAUNTED HOUSE... R STARRING: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. (86 m.) BRICK MANSIONS ... PG-13 STARRING: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA
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An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city. (90 m.)
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The General Manager of the Cleveland Browns struggles to acquire the number one draft pick for his team. (110 m.)
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Movie schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm.
Movie Hotline: 624-4248
DRAFT DAY ... PG-13 STARRING: Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman
GODZILLA 2D & 3D ... PG-13 STARRING: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. (123 m.) HEAVEN IS FOR REAL... PG STARRING: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world (99 m.) THE OTHER WOMAN... PG-13 STARRING: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B. (109 m.) RIO 2 2D & 3D... G STARRING: Rodrigo Santoro, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann Blu, Jewel and their 3 kids get sent to the wilds of the Amazon. (101 m.) SABOTAGE...R STARRING: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house. (109 m.) X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST 2D & 3D… ... PG-13 STARRING: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. (131 m.)
NAS Sigonella Religious Ministries Department helps local church
From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Due to the excellent retention and outstanding recruiting success,
*These quota's are valid as of April 21
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Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Rene Luchalemus and Religious Program Specialist Seaman Katielynn Wilkins bag clippings from the garden shrubs and bushes in the photograph above. St. George’s Anglican Church entertains a host of visitors daily, who wish to visit the historic and beautiful facility in Taormina. COMRELs are venues for mentoring and developing future leaders. (U.S. Navy photo by Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hancock/Released)
BREADS CEREAL RICE PASTA VEGETABLES FRUITS
MILK YOGURT CHEESE MEAT POULTRY FISH
BEANS EGGS NUTS FATS OILS SWEETS
BY Lt Edward Erwin Chaplain, Religious Ministries Department, NAS Sigonella
TAORMINA, Sicily - On May 5, eight members from the Religious Ministries Department at NAS Sigonella contributed a total of 56 hours of volunteer service to benefit 340 guests and parishioners of the St. George’s Anglican Church in Taormina, Sicily. The work accomplished in a relatively short period of time would have taken the church's staff approximately one month to achieve. Community service events such as the Taormina project reflect Region’s Monday through Friday Initiative. The Region's Monday through Friday is an initiative from the Religious Ministries Department to get out and get involved in the community every day of the week and to invest in ministries beyond regular worship services on the weekend. "This gives us the opportunity to impact people's lives not only on the weekend but every day of the week", said Lt. Edward Erwin, Chaplain, NAS Sigonella. Volunteers of the Chapel completed a series of projects, which included painting benches, rails, gates, as well as pruning trees, shrubs, and weed-eating the garden in a belated Navy Earth Day project.
the Navy is reinstating the Enlisted Early Transition Program (EETP), according to a message released May 8. According to NAVADMIN 103/14, EETP allows eligible Sailors in targeted ratings to apply for a voluntary early separation up to 24 months prior to their End of Obligated Service as Extended (EAOS). The new version of the program is ongoing, quota-controlled, and will help reduce the need for involuntary force management. Early separation will be granted on a first-come, firstserved basis. Available quotas are identified by rating, paygrade, year group and Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC). A list is available at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/enlisted/community/pages/ eetp.aspx. Quotas will be reviewed periodically and updated as required. Early Separation requests will not be approved for the following Sailors: * With existing Permanent Change of Station orders, * Identified to fill an Individual Augmentee assignment, * In nuclear ratings, * Assigned to a DoD area tour and have not completed the tour requirement, including overseas tour extension incentive programs for which a benefit has been received. Commanding officers will maintain final disapproval authority and do not need to forward requests they cannot support. Final approval authority rests with Navy Personnel Command, Performance Evaluation Division, with positive commanding officer endorsement. For more information, read the message at www.npc.navy.mil or contact the Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center at 1-800-U-ASK-NPC (827-5672) or at email@example.com.
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board USS Ponce (LPD 15) to see how it does in a maritime environment. They are also testing rail guns on high speed vessels and USS Zumwalt has a brand new gun system that is very long range and amazingly accurate. "We're going to get out the most advanced things we've got as quickly as we can," added Mabus. Mabus also fielded questions regarding retirement policy in regards to pay. Mabus said that the notion is that whatever policy was in place when a service member enlisted will be the policy they retire under, regardless of changes that occur while they are serving. When asked about incentives to keep those with special certifications and clearances from exiting the Navy, Mabus talked about Selective Reenlistment Bonuses, but also focused on the service aspect and the good Sailors and Marines do for their country by choosing to stay in the military. He added that although some do move on to pursue a career outside of the military, there are currently record recruiting and retention rates in the Navy. Below are excerpts from Secretary Mabus' question and answer session that was done with "All Hands Magazine". Q: What is the SECNAV's position concerning the national funding, and how does SECNAV see the next ten years affecting the proposed DOD budget? A: Great question. Number one, we were under sequester for about a year, and it's just a dumb, dumb way to cut. Everybody expects as we come out of two wars that we're going to spend less on defense, but the important thing is how do we do that? How do we do it in a smart way? How do we do it in a way that keeps the capabilities that we need? How do we do it in a way that keeps the tools for you that we need to have? So Congress fixed '14 and '15. Now they didn't get back up to where the president's budget was, but they gave us some stability for '14 and '15 so we can do some planning. Past '15 it's up in the air. Sequester is supposed to kick back in, in '16 going forward, but we're working very hard to make sure that we don't cut in this mindless way and just using this meat-axe approach. The National Defense Strategy of the United States the president announced in January of 2012 is a maritime strategy. ...For us to do that, we've got to keep a great Navy and a great Marine Corps. We've got to grow the fleet. We've got to make sure that we have that presence, and that's what one of my jobs is in terms of making sure that the budget we have reaches what we need to do. Now we're going to take some risk in some areas, but what we're going to focus on are things like building ships to make sure that we can maintain that presence. We're going to focus on the things that will try to make sure that the force, that you, have everything that you need to do [your jobs.] Looking out 10 years, if you can on the budget, we're growing the fleet, we're trying to keep faith with Sailors and Marines. Now the Marines are coming down in numbers. The Marines went up from 175,000 to 202,000 during the surge in Iraq. We're coming back down right now. The number for the Marines that we're drawing back down to is 182,000 Marines. Marines can do the job that we need to do with 182,000,
and we can keep faith as long we're given enough time to do that. We can keep faith with Marines and with their families in terms of how we get to that 182,000. The other thing though that's been hurting us in the budget, is these things called continuing resolutions. Congress doesn't pass a budget on time. We're supposed to have a budget by the first of October. It's been the spring in a lot of years. In fact I've been secretary for now almost five years, we have never had a budget on time since I've been secretary. And if you've got a continuing resolution going, you can't do things like put a ship in a shipyard because that's called a new start. You can't spend any more money on a program than you spent the year before, regardless of the need. And so, we've got to fix those two things - continuing resolutions and sequester - all the time, recognizing that the American people are demanding and should expect that we're going to spend less on defense, but that we will keep this country safe and we will come down. We will make these reductions in a smart way and not in just this "ham handed cut everything a certain percentage" way. Q: With the smaller military budget on the horizon, has there been any more discussion about replacing the current housing and food allowance programs, the BAH and BAS, with a standard locality allowance that we consolidate our dependent allowance, OHA and COLA together? And then, can you comment on how this might affect overseas military families with regard to our housing and living allowances? A: I don't know of any effort to move toward that one local allowance that you talked about, and that would be a DOD-wide thing. That wouldn't be just a Navy or just a Marine Corps doing it. That would be for the joint force; that would be for everybody. As I said, I don't know of any movement in that way. The things that we're doing, the things that have been recommended on things like pay and allowance, is to slow some of the growth. It's not to cut anybody. It's not to cut any pay. It's not to cut anybody's pay, it's not to cut anybody's allowances, but it is to slow the growth. Because military pay and allowances have grown 40 percent more than the private sector over the last decade or more, and we're getting to a point, and we're really at that point, where we're going to have to decide whether we are able to buy the tools that your husband and fellow Marines and fellow Sailors need to do the job, in order to get, because personnel costs are taking up such a large part of the budget. In the Marines, for example, 63, 64 percent of every dollar, so 63 cents of every dollar goes for personnel costs. It's not because the Marines are more expensive, in fact they're cheaper than any other service that we've got. It's just that we have gotten to that point where you've got to make a choice: either we're going to get a lot smaller, or we're not going to have the tools that we need, or we're going to slow the growth a little bit. Slow the growth on things like BAH, slow the growth on pay raises, slow the growth on some of the healthcare cost. Without doing all this, in the words that our CNO uses, there's quality of life. With pay and benefits and for families there's also quality of work. Do you have the things that you need to do your job? And do you have the training that you need to do that job for the country? And we've just got to keep that balance.
May 16, 2014 "Spouse" Continued from page 1 Transport Detachment Sigonella (ETD), U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella (USNH), Region Legal Service Office (RLSO), Naval Supply Systems Command Sigonella( NAVSUP), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Naval Munitions Command Sigonella (NMC), Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Detachment Maritime Ashore Support Team (DET MAST), Commander, Task Force 67 (CTF 67), and various NAS Sigonella departments. Volunteer awards went to the command with the most active duty participation (RLSO 100%), command providing the most volunteers (CTF-67), command with the most spouse RSVP's (USNH Sigonella), and first command to turn in its forms (NMC). The Military Spouse Appreciation luncheon not only provided community members with an opportunity to give back for a day, but it also allowed for a time of recognition to say “Thank you!” to NASSIG spouses.
Sigonella Kid's run for America
Children from NAS Sigonella run around the Sigonella middle/high school track during America's Armed Forces Kid's Run, May 8. The kids ran between a half to two miles depending on their age as part of the world's largest childrens running event. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Tony Curtis/Released)
Electronics Technician 1st Class David Bell pours a glass of water for his wife, Yuko during the inaugural Military Spouse Appreciation Lunch, May 8 at Ristorante Bella Etna galley. During the luncheon event, Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella spouses were escorted and waited on by NAS Sigonella active duty Sailors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Bramham/Released)
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departments. Personnel can also volunteer to be assigned to dispatch but Carson says there is not a formatted billet assignment process. One requirement for the assignment is for the new individual to have at least a year remaining on station. Some dispatchers will be assigned for their entire tour at NAS Sigonella, which is normally two years. “Most of our dispatchers are recent graduates of boot camp but when you work in an environment where an emergency situation can occur at any time, being prepared is non-negotiable,” Carson said. “We expect all new dispatchers to be proactive about learning their new work stations and obtaining their qualifications. It is our duty to stay prepared.” Training elements the Sailors immediately receive are broken down into two components, security and fire. Sailors in dispatch also receive training on proper phone etiquette, telephone answering, information gathering, emergency response run card usage, and camera system monitoring. “We have to do a PQS [Performance Qualification System] for fire dispatch and security dispatch,” Machinery Repairman Third Class Veronqua Schaben said. “We also had to go through a telecommunication class which consists of a week of classes and 911 simulator training.” As with a lot of new jobs some skills for the workers are needed to be improved upon, which Carson says does take time but also says is imperative so dispatchers can perform their duties in a proper manner. “We also run bi-weekly drills which provide the chain of command with an opportunity to directly observe strengths and weaknesses of individual dispatchers and provide feedback to the shift supervisor for improvements,” Carson said. “We train daily and also participate in base-wide and Security and Fire only drills.” Carson realizes that the Sailors perform an important duty for the community and adds that the chain of command within dispatch understands working out of rate can be difficult. “Because all dispatchers are not working in their rate, we ensure they have opportunities and time to train in their rate with other divisions around the base,” Carson said. Dispatchers at NAS Sigonella understand their job requires a lot of dedication and time, but in the end everyone realizes how essential their part is for NAS Sigonella. “Everything is important about our jobs as dispatchers,” Perrault said. “We train for our job to keep everyone on base safe and secure. I thoroughly enjoy my job and the daily fulfillment of helping save someone’s life is very pleasing.”
May 16, 2014
Published on May 15, 2014
In this weeks edition we hear from the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, we check out the Pinewood Derby and we see how Sigonella's Dispatch...