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September 20, 2013

Vol. 30. No. 35

Naval Air Station Sigonella remembers 9/11

SIGONELLA, Sicily (Sept. 11, 2013) – Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Chris Dennis (second from right), Command Master Chief David Graham (right) and chief petty officer selectees (left) salute in honor of those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks Sept. 11, during a remembrance ceremony outside NAS Sigonella’s Midtown Complex. 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


IGONELLA, Sicily (Sept. 11, 2013) – Community and service members stationed aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella gathered for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sept. 11, outside the installation’s Midtown Complex. The ceremony was held to remember and honor the lives of those who were lost during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and aboard Flight 93. “We gather today to remember 12 years ago when terrorists attacked Americans on United States soil. Individual memories of that day have brought us together not only as an installation, but as a nation,” said Fire Chief Lea Hayes, NAS Sigonella Fire and Emergency Services and ceremony guest speaker. “We honor all of those who perished during this act of terrorism and the military and civilians who sacrificed themselves for the safety and security of our nation.”

Capt. Chris Dennis, NAS Sigonella commanding officer, and Command Master Chief David Graham along with Fiscal Year-14 chief petty officer (selects) laid wreaths during the ceremony. The wreaths were colored green; representing healing, white; signifying goodness and pink; meaning love and friendship. “During a person’s lifetime certain events will occur that will be so significant that from that day forward they will be able to remember exactly what they were doing, where they were, who they were with and more important, what they felt,” said US Navy SIXTH Fleet Command Master Chief Charles “Chip” Collins, ceremony guest speaker. “September 11, 2001 is indeed a day of tragedy and sorrow. However, the courageous response from each and every one in response to that day is more important to me. I thank you for rising to the challenge and your country and I are forever in your debt.”

During the remembrance, a 78-second moment of silence was shared among the attendees, each second representing one minute in the timeline of events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. A ring of a bell cut the silence, marking the events as they transpired 12 years ago. “We do not forget the innocent people who lost their lives that day,” said Hayes. “Each person was a friend, a family member, a coworker. Every person is missed.”

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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 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

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Direct Line

Command Master Chief David Graham

Buongiorno Sigonella! I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations to those who pinned on their chief ’s anchors last Friday during this year’s pinning ceremony. The chief ’s pinning ceremony is a special Navy tradition which dates back to 1893 when the chief petty officer pay-grade was created. The ceremony signifies a new position of leadership and responsibilities for the Navy. Although the pay grades of E-7 through E-9  are equivalent to those of other services, the Navy is unique in that it confers much more authority and responsibility on the chief, while demanding more performance and results than any of the other services. So in keeping with more than 100 years of Navy tradition, chiefs should be prepared to

lead their Sailors into an increasingly uncertain future and always be ready when a junior Sailor comes to “Ask the Chief.” With the new school year in full swing now, it is important for those of us in the community, especially those with children in school, to play an active role not only in the lives of the students, but in the school itself. One way to participate is to join the School Advisory Committee (SAC). The purpose of the SAC is to act as a liaison between the school and the community to assure a positive school environment for the students. The SAC advises the principal on all matters affecting the operation of the school, including school policies, instructional programs, budget, facilities, maintenance, administrative

procedures, school meal programs, etc. If you would like to get involved, please contact 624-4281 for more information. Speaking of getting involved, probably the easiest way to support the school and the students is to simply volunteer your time. The school is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with sporting events and other educational activities sponsored by the school. There are never enough job openings to take care of all of the needs the school has. We depend on dedicated volunteers to help keep our programs running at a highly professional level. If this is something that interests you, please contact the volunteer coordinator in the Volunteer Service Center at 624-4281.

Finally, we will soon be celebrating the 238th birthday of the U.S. Navy. The Navy Ball Committee and its volunteers have been busy raising funds for this event in an effort to lower the price for tickets, enabling more folks to come out and enjoy an evening of fun, food, and heritage. For ticket information, contact your Navy Ball representative.


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SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

What’s Happening Around NAS Sigonella

American Red Cross welcomes travelers In remembrance of 9/11, The American Red Cross (ARC) held a special Welcome Aboard event for the travelers arriving from the states, Sept. 11. To welcome the newest Sigonellans, ARC handed out bags of snacks, portable toiletries and water bottles for those weary travelers getting off of a long 16-hour flight. ARC volunteers also used the opportunity to put the word out about its class offerings for military and civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by MR1 Gary Spence Released) Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Chris Dennis (center) joined NAS Sigonella community members (from left) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Sigonella Athletic Director John Lenz, Public Works Department Representative Francesco Grasso, Life Guard Mauro Disefano, and Contractor Representative Guliano Zulini for a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the fitness pool on NAS II, Sept. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released)

Fitness pool opens on NAS II by MC3 Cameron bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Chris Dennis joined Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Sigonella staff members and NAS Sigonella contractors for a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the fitness pool on NAS II, Sept. 12. “The great thing about the NAS II pool is this is where a majority of our active duty Sailors are,” MWR Sigonella Athletic Director John Lenz said. “This [pool] is going to be used for fitness lap swimming to keep our military in shape.” The pool also has two diving boards which were used by Explosive Ordinance Technicians before the pool closed down in the spring of 2009. MWR Sigonella decided to keep the diving

boards and will be replacing them with newer diving boards in the near future. Hours for the new pool will be 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. “We close for one hour to do some light cleaning and other maintenance,” Lenz said. “The pool is a year round facility and has a nice big covered deck area that we can host command functions more in the summer time.” The completion of the NAS II pool is a portion of the renovations on the NAS II facilities, which also include a multi-sport field scheduled to open in early November and the refurnished Flight Line Fitness Center scheduled to open next January.

Fuel Coupons expire on Sept. 30, 2013

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)

OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES 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


Please be advised that Fuel Coupons will expire on Sept. 30, 2013. New Gas Coupons will be available for pre-sale on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at your Navy Exchange Main Store Customer Service or at the Minimart on NAS II. Coupons with expiration date of Sept. 30, 2013, will be accepted for refunds starting Oct. 1 until Dec. 31 only at the Main Store Customer Service desk.

In Gear Career (IGC) held its monthly meeting on Sept. 13, which provided a fun way for participants to learn more about mentoring and the resources readily available to them both online and in the community through a game of "speed mentoring." (Photo by Mike Matheny)

Military and civilian spouses learn about career mentoring by Andrea peters In Gear Career

In Gear Career (IGC) held its monthly networking event in the Midtown Compass Room on NAS I, Sept. 13. Career-minded spouses attended the event looking to connect professionally with peers and learn techniques to identify networking relationships to assist in sharpening their career focus and direction. "Mentoring partnerships are structured to generate greater selfreflection, interest assessment and career clarity," said IGC Mentorship Director Mike Matheny. IGC is a nonprofit organization for career-minded military and civilian spouses. Through networking opportunities, professional development and the utilization of knowledge-sharing, purposeful networks and resources are established. When it is time to depart Sigonella, the local network will evolve into a global network, as connections can be made with other IGC chapters at the next locale. For more informaiton on IGC, email sigonella@ingearcareer. org or tune into AFN every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. for eventspecifics and career-focused chats. “THIS IS A NON-FEDERAL ENTITY. IT IS NOT A PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS AND IT HAS NO GOVERNMENTAL STATUS.”



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$1 Bowling*

Sparetime Bowling *EVERY MONDAY






SAPR Victim Advocate SAPR Victim Advocate Training FFSC Training FFSC 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Italian Language Classes

NAS I Chapel 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.




Storytime* Library 10 a.m. Texas Hold'em Jox Pub 6 p.m.


Resume Renovation FFSC 2 - 3:30 p.m.


Sunday 22

Half Price Bowling* Sparetime Bowling

Catania Shopping Day ITT 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Cooking Class FFSC 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. SIG SAFE FFSC 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.









Relocation Fair FFSC 1 - 3 p.m. Catania Shopping Day ITT 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.




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Home enterprises by cmdr eric vosler NAS Sigonella Executive Officer

Normal home enterprises are allowed onboard DOD Installations, so far as they follow all applicable guidelines. You may be familiar with home businesses that sell prepared meals or other items, and these enterprises, when correctly run, are a benefit to our community. While they are neither licensed nor endorsed by the Department of the Navy, they are allowed to operate, subject to restrictions, on Navy installations. There are several important guidelines to consider. Making appointments with or soliciting military or civilian personnel during their duty hours is a violation of Navy policy. DOD personnel giving contact information or access to DOD workspaces to a person engaging in private sales is a violation of DOD policy. Any violations of DOD policy should be reported immediately. Personal email and Facebook are appropriate communication tools to market these items. Personnel at NAS Sigonella who engage in home enterprises are responsible, at their own expense, for determining what US and Italian tax implications are associated with their home business, and properly reporting that income. If you have any questions, please contact Navy Legal.




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!

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.

UPDATE Fitness Lap Swimming Hours: NAS II Flight Line Pool M/W/F 5:30 - 9 a.m. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. NAS I Splashers Pool M/W/F 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. T/T 5:30 - 9 a.m. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Club Beyond goes above and beyond to help youth by michael king Club Beyond

Friends Night Out* Sparetime Bowling


Club Beyond students strive to score points during "The Race" as teammates look on and cheer."(Photo by Adrian Larsen) Club Beyond continues to be involved at Naval Air Staion (NAS) Sigonella by providing fun and meaningful activities for 6th through 12th graders. During the summer, Club Beyond members went on several well-supervised weekly “Thursday Excursions” to destinations including nearby beaches, Etnaland, Alcantara Gorge and Cava Grande. Club Beyond also hosted an activity period for four hours once a week for students to talk, play interactive games, video games, or just hangout. The club also held a five-week team competition called “The Race” on Friday nights in Marinai which challenged teens to work hard, play hard and on occasion, get covered with baked beans or oatmeal slop to support their team. In addition to the fun and games and hard fought competition associated with “The Race,” every evening of race activities concluded with a faith-based discussion about how life is like a race, how to choose positive goals and how to navigate as a runner toward the best finish line.

All of Club Beyond’s activities feature a high ratio of adults who serve as positive role models and strive to walk alongside military teens and their families during these formative years. Even though the summer is over, you can still get involved! Starting in mid-September, Club Beyond will provide “Club” one day per week after school and “Beyond Club” every Wednesday upstairs in the NAS 1 Chapel from 5 - 6:30 p.m. “Club” is never predictable and consists of games, general silliness and a faith-based talk with discussion times about issues that teenagers face every day. “Beyond Club” is fun and silly, but provides significantly more time for teens to discuss in small groups those teenage-life issues with one another. Coming up ... Club Beyond will offer a Winter Blitz trip to Innsbruck, Austria for high school students from Dec. 29 – Jan. 4. Students can sign up to ski, snowboard or attend a basketball clinic called “Camp Meadowlark” taught by Basketball Hall of Famer and former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon. As part of Winter Blitz, everyone has the opportunity to go on a 6 km sled run, tour historic Innsbruck, go to an indoor water park and attend a New Year’s party with Club Beyond teenagers from military bases across Europe! Every evening will conclude with a speaker and time to discuss the evening’s message in a small group setting. If you are interested in information about Winter Blitz, Club Beyond or how to be a volunteer, please contact Michael King, the Club Beyond community director, at or the NAS 1 Chapel at 624-3975. “THIS IS A NON-FEDERAL ENTITY. IT IS NOT A PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS AND IT HAS NO GOVERNMENTAL STATUS.”



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H EADLINES Italy voted favourite country in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveller Readers Awards (IM)

The 24th edition of the mouthwatering Pistachio Festival returns to Bronte spreading across two weekends (Sep. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6) and featuring pistachiobased specialties and entertainment. (Photo by http://

Pistachio Festival in Bronte

Sigonella pistachio lovers will be happy to hear that the mouthwatering annual “Sagra del pistachio” (Pistachio festival) will take place in historic heart of Bronte from Sept. 27 through Sept. 29 and from Oct. 4 through Oct. 6. Bronte, a town located on the Western slopes of Mt. Etna has been awarded the title of “Italian capital of pistachio.” In fact, Bronte boasts a yearly production of nearly 30,000 quintals of pistachios (one per cent of the total world production) that are harvested every two years between August and September. Bronte is therefore considered the spearhead of pistachio’s production in Europe. That is why, in Sicily, this precious seed fruit is also nicknamed “green gold.” Romans firstly introduced the cultivation of pistachio in Sicily importing it from the Middle East. However, it was the Arabs who actively grew, processed, and exported pistachio during the high middle age. That’s why the Sicilian words for pistachio are “Frastuca” (the seed) and “Frastucara” (the plant),

they respectively derive from the Arabic words “Fristach” and Festuch.” In the Catania province, pistachio has been cultivated in the high mountain fertile volcanic soils of Etna since the second half of the 19th century, thanks to its resistance to extreme weather conditions. Over the centuries, local growers have been living in “symbiosis” with the volcano, fearing it but at the same time enjoying the fertility that Etna “donates” to the crops at the end of the eruptive activity. Festival goers browsing through the stalls can sample a variety of pistachio based dishes such as desserts, cakes, ice cream, honey, “Nutella” (hazelnut spread with a chocolaty taste) patisserie and savory dishes such as “Tagghiarini” (tagliatelle) and “Maccarruni” (maccheroni) home made pasta with pesto sauce (made as the usual pesto but replacing the basil with pistachio), Ravioli, “Salsiccia” (pork sausage) and “Arancini” (breaded rice balls filled with ragù and cheese). This year there will also be pistachio vino that is a dessert wine as well as the cocktail al pistacchio (pistachio liquor). The festival also features booths, arts and crafts (lava stone, wood) and other local produce such as cheeses, salami and more as well as sweets including “Fillette” (circular shaped confections made with flour, sugar, and eggs that is cooked in a frying pan) and “Nucatuli” that are made with flour, sugar, lard, eggs vanilla, peeled ground pistachio, cinnamon and rose water. The sagra kicks off at 9 a.m. on Sept. 27 in the main square (piazza Spedalieri). Festivals grounds are open all day long through late night featuring food, activities, arts and crafts, folklore parades and music. Don’t miss the free pistachio cake tasting that takes place in piazza Vincenzo Cstiglione around 5 p.m. on the last festival’s day. While you are visiting the festival make sure you visit the famous “Castello di Nelson,” an amazing castle located in the neighboring town of Maniace, about eight miles from Bronte. The Castle was

built in the 18th century on the ruins of a medieval abbey erected on a basaltic rock by Queen Margaret of Navarra in 1173 and belonged to the world-renowned British Admiral Horatio Nelson, the one who defeated the French at sea during the Napoleonic Wars. King of Naples Ferdinand I gave it to Nelson in 1799 as an award for the support that the British admiral gave him to put down a rebellion that broke out in Naples. According to historians, Nelson never visited the estate even though his’ heirs lived in the castle until 1940 when they were forced to leave Sicily as Italy declared war to England. In 1943, after the Allied landing in Sicily, the Nelsons got back their property but later decided to sell it to Bronte’s Municipality in 1981. Today, the castle’s complex is a magnificent museum and a cultural center where art exhibitions and conferences are held. The castle preserves precious curios and artworks owned by Nelson such as medals, maps, paintings, military dispatches and orders, furniture, archeological findings, clocks, settles and even a set of glasses and a bottle that the admiral used just before his death, during the Battle of Trafalgar. The castle also houses a Norman church in which some valuable paintings and sculptures are preserved. Among them, an 11th century Byzantine painting that depicts the Virgin Mary is undoubtedly the most precious. Before you leave the castle, stroll through its magnificent four hectare-park featuring gardens dotted with lava stone sculptures, pines, cypresses, willows, ashes, magnolias, horse chestnuts, wisteria, pergolas and rose hedges. However, the castle’s apartments are temporary closed for restoration so it is just possible to see the gardens and the outside of the complex. The castle is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission is € 1,50 for adults and free for children up to 10 years old. Guided tours in Italian are available every 60 minutes. For more information call 095690018. The Sanctuary of the “Santissima Annunziata,” which is located in Bronte, is also worth a visit. It features a renaissance façade and houses precious marble statues by Antonio Gagini and collection of 18th century paintings. Reaching Bronte is fairly easy. Exit Bronte on Adrano- Randazzo national road 284. Visitors can also get to Bronte from Catania by catching the “Circumetnea” train leaving from the station “Borgo”, or the “Circumetnea” buses leaving from the station “Porto.” For more information and detailed schedules, visit http://www.

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NISSORIA, Sicily (Sept. 11, 2013) – Lt. Cmdr. Bradley Brooks from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center-Sigonella (left) joined other Sailors and Marines from Naval Air Station Sigonella to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 along with Enna Prefetto Clara Minerva (center) and Nissoria Mayor Armando Glorioso during a memorial ceremony held in Nissoria, Enna, Sept. 11.

NASSIG Sailors and Marines attend 9/11 Memorial in Nissoria NISSORIA, Sicily (Sept. 11, 2013) – Sailors and Marines from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center-Sigonella and Naval Air Station Sigonella served as U.S. military delegates for the annual 9/11 memorial ceremony held in Nissoria, Enna. The event honored all victims of the 9/11 attacks and highlighted two victims, Vincenzo di Fazio and Salvatore Lopes, who were residents of Nissoria. "I was truly impressed with the organization of the memorial and the size of the turn-out. The citizens of Nissoria experienced the consequences of 9/11 firsthand, and it is only fitting that United States service

members annually honor Vincenzo, Salvatore, and the other innocent lives lost during this terrorist attack," said Lt. Cmdr. Bradley Brooks, who led the Navy delegation. After the memorial, the American guests were invited to enjoy a concert performance of a local clarinet ensemble. Nissoria Mayor Armando Glorioso thanked the American guests for having consistently supported the memorial over the past 12 years and said the community of Nissoria enjoys building great relationships and strong friendship with the Sigonella community.

these words in Italian! English: What day is today? Italian: Che giorno è oggi? English: Tomorrow is Friday! Italian: Domani è venerdì!

(Photo by by Parma Teatro Regio Press Office)

Parma Music Festival celebrates Verdi's 200th birthday by Parma Teatro Regio Press Office If you plan to travel to the north of Italy in the month of October, you should mark this one on your calendar. This year in Italy's province of Parma, the annual Verdi Festival will celebrate the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Sept. 30-Oct. 31. The program will include events and performances at the Regio Theatre of Parma and the Verdi Theatre in nearby Busseto. Performances include the operas "Falstaff," "I masnadieri" and "Simon Boccanegra." The composer's "Requiem Mass" and other compositions also will be performed. The Festival Verdi is a unique chance to see the operas of the Great Maestro Giuseppe Verdi live at the Regio theatre, but not only. It's also a festival rich of other events in the city and in the province of Parma. As reported by, Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole and later lived in near-by Busetto in the province of Parma. It is in Busetto that Verdi's musical talent was first nurtured by Ferdinando Provesi, of the local Philharmonic. After some time spent in Milan learning all he could about music, the prodigy returned to the province of his childhood and became the town's music teacher. His twenties were marred by great hardship when he lost both his children and his wife, but the Maestro went on to overcome his grief and his best works were composed in the years that followed his tragic loss. The 2013 bicentennial Verdi festival is a must for all opera lovers, and many special tours and opera packages have been arranged to bring music lovers to Parma. There will be an opera or concert every day at the historic Teatro Regio di Parma (which is also the final resting place of Nicolo Paganini, one of the most

renowned violinists in the world) and at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Busseto. Many other side events will take place all over the countryside. Operas are usually performed in their original language, and if you do not speak Italian, your experience will be enhanced by reading the libretti – an English synopsis of the story of the opera - before you arrive for the concert. (Libretti usually accompany your tickets). Oh yes, do dress smartly for the Opera - on opening nights formal attire is the norm, and for the other performances at least a tie and/or jacket would be acceptable. The 2013 festival runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31 and you can browse all the performance dates and book online at Tickets have been on sale at the ticket office of the Regio theatre since June, on-line on the website of the Regio theatre from 12 June. Opening times of the ticket office: from June 30 to Sept.1, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one hour and half before the show; from July 1 to Aug. 31 (except when the theatre is closed), Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one hour and half before the show. For further information about prices please call the ticket office of the Regio theatre. Tickets for Falstaff are on sale through Sept. 10 at the ticket office of Regio theatre of Parma and through Sept. 11 online at http:// For more information call the Parma Regio Theatre info office at Tel. +39 0521203993 or send an email to

Readers of prestigious British luxury travel magazine ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ have voted Italy as their favourite destination in the world. Italy was voted Favourite Country at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers Awards, beating the USA into second place, followed by France, Spain and Greece. La bella Italia had a successful year at the awards: in the Favourite Overseas Cities category, Rome, Venice and Florence were all placed in the top 10. Rome made a remarkable climb to third position from sixth position in 2012, and Venice moved up to fifth place from 18th. In the tourism industry classification, the Grand Hotel Villa Feltrinelli on the western shore of Lake Garda in northern Italy, came second under the category Overseas Holiday Hotels - Europe, Turkey & Russia. The awards are among the most respected and coveted in the travel sector and voted for by ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ readers, who fill out questionnaires on their preferences and tourism experiences, which are then analysed by an independent market-research company and formulated under various categories. Italy received a high number of preferences in all of the categories, most of all for its culture and gastronomy.

Italian chef crowned MasterChef 2013, Luca Manfè wows cuisine wizards Ramsay, Bastianich and Elliott (ANSA)

Trieste - Italian chef Luca Manfè is the winner of season four of the American competitive reality television series MasterChef. The 31-year-old from the northern Italian town of Aviano was judged by celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliott. Manfè, who manages a restaurant in New York, won the title of MasterChef and its $250,000 prize, beating out 40 other competitors with an international menu that included foie gras, beef ribs and tri-colored panna cotta composed with basil and tomato marmalade representing the Italian flag.

New app lists best places to buy gelato in Italy (The Local)

An Italian entrepreneur with a passion for ice-cream has come up with a technical solution to address the nation’s sweet tooth. This summer, Nicoletta Conficconi, an app developer in Bologna, launched ‘AppGelato’, a free app which lists the locations of Italy’s many gelateria. The app, which is the first of its kind that provides an exhaustive list of Italy’s ice-cream parlours, allows users to search both by location and according to the flavours on offer. “Each [ice-cream parlour] can organize their own ‘shop window’ on the app with all of their available flavours,” Conficconi tells The Local. “So the consumer can search for a gelateria or a particular flavour of icecream and even vote for their favourite gelateria. “The gelateria can also use the app to contact customers through push notifications about new flavours, promotions and events. And the more a gelateria is clicked on, the more visibility it will have on the app - so the ones with the most clicks will be listed at the top.” Conficconi says the inspiration for the app came to her while conducting market research at SIGEP, the International exhibition for the artisan production of gelato, pastry, confectionary and bakery in Rimini. “In my survey I found that, while there were already other apps dedicated to ice-cream and locating ice-cream parlours there were none which listed their flavours and products and which covered the whole of Italy.” Although the app is currently only available in Italian, Conficconi says she hopes one day to translate it into English in a bid to attract tourists visiting the country.




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MAC(FMF) John Caral

ITC(AW/IDW/SW) Kendall Gaston

AZC(AW/SW) Elijah Henton

SWC(IDW/SCW) Raymond Cabral


by MC3 Cameron bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


AWFC(NAC/AW) William Bauerle

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

eventeen 1st class petty officers were recently advanced to the rank of chief petty officer during a pinning ceremony Sept. 14, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. The ceremony began with the soon-to-be chiefs marching into the gymnasium in their new khaki uniforms singing "Anchors Aweigh" as they made their way up to the sides of the audience, which featured their fellow Sailors and families. Guest Speaker, NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis praised each and every one of the new chiefs during the ceremony. During his speech, Capt. Dennis made it clear to the NAS Sigonella community and service members in attendance how important chief petty officers are to the base and the U.S. Navy as a whole.

“Chief petty officers are truly the backbone of the Navy and our community,” Dennis said. “Those anchors let us know; those wearing them will moor us reliably in the rough seas of service ahead. We depend on our chiefs, our Navy depends on our chiefs, and our country depends on our chiefs.” After the Skipper’s remarks, different chief petty officers made their way to the podium to recite the “Chief Petty Officer Creed,” “Chief Petty Officer Pledge,” and the “Meaning of Fouled Anchor.” The main event was next as all 17 new chief petty officers had their anchors pinned on the collars of their khaki uniforms by family members, friends, and mentors. Every selectee was also presented their new cover by their own chief petty officer sponsor. “I was excited, humbled, and proud,” said Chief

Yeoman Amanda Haynes, Patrol Squadron (VP)-47 Administrative Leading Chief Petty Officer, who is deployed to NAS Sigonella from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. “My husband was able to fly in from Hawaii and be a part of this tradition so it's was very special to share it with him and the Sailors that attended.” After each new chief petty officer was piped ashore for the first time, the ceremony concluded with Master of Ceremonies, Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Colin Castle inviting the new chief petty officers in front of the stage for the traditional “Navy Chief, Navy Pride,” call. “I hope to be able to always pay forward the opportunities that I received,” Haynes said. “As a chief, we are Sailors first, mission always, so that is what I want to accomplish on a daily basis.”


GMC(SW/AW) David Hurtado

CEC(SCW) Ryan Nichols

LSC(IDW/SW/AW) Gilmore Olive

PSC(AW/SW) Louis Piraino

HMC(FMF) Roy Puerto

LSC(SW/AW) Roderick Ricardo

ATC(AW/SW) Jose Riveradavid

AMC(AW) Shawn Sherard

YNC(SW) Nick Wilson

AEC(AW/EXW) Jason Gartner

YNC(AW) Amanda Haynes

PSC(SW/AW) Albertryan Hernandez



SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

USNH Sigonella conducts 48-hour mass flu vaccination exercise

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Patrick Polan administers a nasal mist influenza vaccination to Senior Chief Naval Aircrewman (Operator) Scott Hammond, attached to Mobile Operational Command and Control-Golf (MOCC-Golf) Sept. 9, during a 48-hour mass flu vaccination exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released) by MC3 Cameron bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Sigonella conducted a 48-hour mass flu vaccination exercise Sept. 9-10, at USNH Sigonella located on NAS I and the Flight Line Clinic on NAS II.

Because flu vaccinations are mandatory for all military personnel, USNH Sigonella officials conducted the exercise to test hospital personnel on a pandemic influenza mass vaccination plan.

“The pandemic influenza plan is a mass vaccination exercise that we have to do to see if we can actually vaccinate the entire community within a short period of time,” said Lt. Cmdr. John Antoine, department head for preventive medicine. “This will give us a good understanding of how can we do it, lessons learned, and how to correct some of the issues that may surface because of this exercise.” Even though the exercise itself was geared towards vaccinating military members, flu vaccinations were also given out at the schools earlier this week and the Child Development Center staff last week. “I’m looking forward to everyone coming in and getting their flu mist or flu shot and if anyone has any questions they can call me at 624-6249,” Antoine added. Future dates for flu vaccinations are Sept. 23 and 25 at Midtown, Sept. 26 in front of the Navy Exchange, and Sept. 28 in front of the Teen Center in Marinai. Community members who are unable to attend any of the scheduled vaccination days can also report to the immunization section at USNH Sigonella for flu vaccines during October and November.


SEPTEMBER 20, 2013



ITT Gear N Go Extended Trips Do you ever feel like you need a vacation after your vacation? MWR has the solution! Travel is fun and exciting, especially in Europe! Many want to see as much as possible while stationed in Italy, but let’s face it, planning a vacation can be a lot of work. Families often return worn out, not ready to get back to work or school. Go on one of ITT’s extended trips and let ITT do all the work! ITT has some great extended trips coming up for the holidays in November and December. Don’t worry about transportation or where you will stay. ITT has it covered! Sign up is available now for the Thanksgiving Tuscany Tour, and more details will be released soon about Christmas in Rome, so stay tuned!

Thanksgiving Tuscany Tour

Nov. 27 - Dec. 1. Visit one of the most artistically rich and beautiful regions in Italy: Tuscany. An international destination, Tuscany is known for its outstanding architecture and art, fine wines, and delicious food. Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal at a winery in the Tuscan countryside! Then spend time falling in love with this artistically rich and beautiful region of Italy in Florence, home of Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and the famous Ponte Vecchio. We will be staying in Florence and will explore the region through day trips to the most picturesque towns including: Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa.

Christmas in Rome

Coming soon for December! Stay tuned for more details!

NOTE: The trips include airfare and hotels, plus many meals, entry fees and an escort for the entire trip. Call ITT at 624-4396 or 624-4777 for the full itineraries on these trips or to get signed up today!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Flu vaccinations will be administered Sept. 23 and 25 at Midtown, Sept. 26 in front of the Navy Exchange, and Sept. 28 in front of the Teen Center in Marinai.

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule &  Descriptions

*Breakfast: Hot Oatmeal, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Pastries. *Lunch: Cream of Potato Soup, Lasagna, Baked Fish, Tossed Green Rice, Seasoned Mix Vegetables, Summer Squash, Cake. *Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/ Cheeseburger, French Fried Potatoes, Baked Beans. *Dinner: French Onion Soup, Roast Beef, Steamed Rice, Spaghetti w/Fish & Tomato Cherry, Spinach, Cake.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Grilled Sausage Patties, Pastries. *Lunch: Egg Drop Soup, BBQ Spareribs, Savory Baked Chicken, Chicken Gravy, Hopping John, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans, Cake *Speed line: Pasta Chef. *Dinner: Broccoli Soup, Baked Italian Sausage, Beef Pot Pie, Steamed Rice, Brown Gravy, Fresh Cauliflowers, Cake.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Pastries. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Beef Noodle Soup, Pork Chop w/Mushroom Gravy, Fried Cabbage w/ Bacon, Cookies. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Spaghetti Alfredo, Roast Turkey, Pizza , Rice Pilaf, Broccoli Fresh, Squash, Cookies.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Pancakes. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder Soup, Baked Fish w/Cherry Tomatoes, Brown Gravy, Baked Chicken, Steamed Rice, Peas w/Carrots, Vanilla Cookies. *Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans. *Dinner: Beef Rice Soup, Chicken Tetrazzini, Meat Loaf, Steamed Rice, Fresh Squash, Steamed Broccoli, Vanilla Cookies.

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast. *Brunch: Breakfast items, Chicken Rice Soup, Sauerbraten, Mix Vegetable, Cake. *Dinner: Onion Soup, Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti Carbonara, Pork Fried Rice, Carrots Fresh, White Cake. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 *Breakfast: Hot Grits, Minced Beef on Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: Creole Soup, Turkey Roast, Veal Steak Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Gravy, Peas, Cauliflower, Cookies. *Speed line: Pizza. *Dinner: Tomato Bouillon Soup, Fish Pan Fried, Penne Amatriciana, Steamed Rice, Brown Gravy, Cookies.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Oven Fried Bacon, Creamed Beef, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: Velvet Corn Soup, Pork Chops w/Mushrooms, Brown Gravy, Lasagna, Oriental Rice, Oven Brown Potatoes, Spinach, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Cake, Cookies. *Speed line: Hot Dogs, Macaroni & Cheese, Onion Rings. *Dinner: Cream of Asparagus Soup, Spaghetti Carbonara, Roast Beef, Corn, Lyonnaise Rice, Cookies. Friday, Sept. 27,2013 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles. *Lunch: Potato Soup, Baked Stuffed Fish, Steamed Rice, Turkey Pot Pie, Asparagus, Carrots, Cake. *Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Beef Stroganoff, Egg Noodles, Pasta w/Fish & Tomato Cherry, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Oriental Stir Fry, Cake.

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, Sept. 25 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Planes 3D We’re The Millers City of Bones 2 Guns

Thursday, Sept. 26 Friday, Sept. 20 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

City of Bones Planes Jobs The Butler

Saturday, Sept. 21 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Percy Jackson 2 3D Smurfs 2 City of Bones We’re The Millers You’re Next

Sunday, Sept. 22 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Planes 3D Percy Jackson 2 The Butler You’re Next Kick Ass 2

Tuesday, Sept. 24 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Smurfs 2 3D Percy Jackson 2 The Wolverine 3D Jobs

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

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

The Butler You’re Next Elysium Kick Ass 2

Friday, Sept. 27 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

City of Bones Cloudy Meatballs 2 3D Getaway You’re Next

Saturday, Sept. 28 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Cloudy Meatballs 2 3D Planes One Direction 3D The Butler Getaway

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

Percy Jackson 2 3D One Direction We’re The Millers Jobs Kick Ass 2

Sunday, Sept. 29

Movie Premiere

Free Movie

Same Day Release

Last Show

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER ... PG-13 STARRING: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack PG R PG-13 R

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. (126 m.)

PG-13 R R R

When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld. (130 m.)

PG-13 PG PG-13 R

Former race-car driver Brent Magna is pitted against the clock when his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious villain. He commanders a young woman's car and takes her on on a high-speed race against time. (90 m.)

PG PG PG PG-13 PG-13

A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry's meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena. (92 m.)


MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES ... PG-13 STARRING: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan

GETAWAY ... PG-13 STARRING: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight

ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US 2D & 3D ... PG STARRING: Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik

WE’RE THE MILLERS ... R STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. (110 m.) YOU’RE NEXT ... R STARRING: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. (94 m.)

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

The words may be hidden in any direction.



SEPTEMBER 20, 2013




GAME ZONE Sea Creatures

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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 KBB. Asking $17,500 firm. Call Michael at 345-827-5338.

2002 Jeep Liberty Sport. V-6. Automatic with 4X4 on the fly. Runs great with no issues. Cold A/C. 95K miles $5K OBO. Call Sean at 349-380-5350. 1972 Fiat 500l with a 650cc engine. Car comes with extra engine original 500cc plus other spare parts.Price euro 4,300.00 Call Joe at 346-6082330.

Gel nails @ your home: Manicure, French, Art Manicure & Custom Nails. Call. Maria 328 450 6727. Adopt while stationed overseas International & fostercare adoptions, homestudies. 2011 (Oct.) NISSAN MICRA 1200, 5-dr, white, 2.542 kms,

SEPTEMBER 20, 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


Euro 8.000,00 negotiable. Cell. 339-6502-283, Tel. 095-308-639. 2009 (May) NISSAN MICRA, AUTOMATIC, plate #DX329GV, 5-dr, metallic gray, 52.220 kms, Euro 8.000,00 negotiable. Cell. 339-6502-283, Tel. 095-308-639.

2008 (March) NISSAN MICRA, AUTOMATIC, plate #DP365FW, 5-dr, metallic gray, 45.000 kms, Euro 7.500,00 negotiable. Cell. 339-6502-283, Tel. 095-308-639. 2010 RENAULT CLIO, AUTOMATIC, GPS, 19.000 kms, like new, Euro 7.800,00 negotiable. Cell. 377-681-6369.

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) The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts of supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, the Navy (or Marine Corps), (name of command) or (name of publisher) of the products and services advertised. “Everything advertised in this newspaper shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. Published by Stampa, a private firm in no way connected with DoD, the U.S. Navy (or Marine Corps), under exclusive contract with the U.S. Navy (or Marine Corps).

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

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013


Its time for new orders, how do I do that? by NC1 Gary K. Coumbe NAS Sigonella Command Career Counselor

When is your PRD? What is a PRD? How do I apply for my next set of orders? When do I start applying for orders? These questions affect both junior and senior Sailors alike. But don't fret or be selfconscious about this, because we are here to help. The first step you need to take is to find out what your Projected Rotation Date (PRD) is. This is the month and year that you are billeted to leave your current command. This information can be found by you on NSIPS, CMS/ID, or your current orders. If you have difficulty finding it, ask your Admin department or Command Career Counselor. Once you know when your PRD is, you can figure out when you will begin to negotiate for orders. This process begins nine months prior to your PRD (i.e. PRD is January 2014 - First month of negotiation is April 2013). This negotiation process is actually an application process. These applications are done through the CMS/ID website ( The process is a month long, with a window of about a week to make an application. You are authorized three application months. If you are not selected for orders during those three months, you become "Needs of the Navy" and are no longer eligible to apply. The CMS/ID website is designed to give you, the Sailor, the opportunity to submit your preferences and contact information. It is recommended you do this a minimum 12 months prior to your PRD. Most detailers, utilizing CMS/ID information, e-mail reminders to all their Sailors who's PRD is in the current negotiation window. Usually around 50% of these e-mails are returned due to incorrect e-mail addresses. Many of these e-mail address's being from old commands. Detailers can also use this information to offer up quick fills in special programs and HOT FILL billets. For more information or assistance with this process, contact your Command Career Counselor.






SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

"The Signature," September 20 issue  

In this week’s issue of “The Signature,” we join Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Sailors for a ceremony remembering and honoring those los...