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Vol. 30. No. 31

August 23, 2013

Global Hawk holds Change of Command

SIGONELLA, Sicily (August 5, 2013) – Air Force Col. J. Scott Winstead (left), commander 69th Reconnaissance Group, Lt. Col. Paul Wojtowicz (center), commander, Global Hawk Detachment 2, 69th Reconnaissance Group, and Lt. Col. Brendan L. Halloran observe Sailors parade the colors Aug. 5, during a Global Hawk change of command ceremony in the Global Hawk hangar on Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella's flight line. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Brendan L. Halloran relieved Lt. Col. Paul Wojtowicz as commander, Global Hawk Detachment 2, 69th Reconnaissance Group. 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 Glunt)

by MC2 Brian Glunt NPASE-East Detachment Sigonella


aval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella's Global Hawk Detachment 2, 69th Reconnaissance Group held a change of command ceremony Aug. 5 in the Global Hawk hangar on NAS II. During the ceremony, Air Force Lt. Col. Brendan L. Halloran relieved Lt. Col. Paul Wojtowicz as commander, Global Hawk Detachment 2, 69th Reconnaissance Group. Air Force Col. J. Scott Winstead, commander 69th Reconnaissance Group, served as the presiding officer of the ceremony as NAS Sigonella’s Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis and Executive Officer Cmdr. Eric Vosler joined Airmen and distinguished guests in attendance. “Where most commanders just need to come in, change commands and then just sustain an already ready force, Wojtowicz came in and expanded the Global Hawk

capability here,” said Winstead. “He has really gone above and beyond just the Global Hawk mission that was set here for the Air Force at Sigonella.” Following an introduction of the new commander, Winstead presented Wojtowicz with a Meritorious Service Medal for his service and achievements during his tour at NAS Sigonella. Wojtowicz extended appreciation during his outgoing remarks to family, friends and coworkers who helped him during his tour. He then received his final salute as commander. “All I really need to do at this point in time is reflect on the success of the unit and try to recognize those areas of success that were not mine,” said Wojtowicz. “It comes back as a young operator and flyer to just focus on the

mission you are given. That’s where you determine success, the effort that you put into that. By the time you get to the big seat, you realize it is a giant team effort.” After his incoming remarks, Hollaran received his first salute as detachment commander and participated in a transfer of the command pennant ceremony. “I’m truly honored and humbled to be taking command today,” said Halloran. “As we go forward together we are going to be facing some additional challenges serving in extreme fiscal times, but I know we are going to do the most with what we have to complete the mission. And together, I know we will not fail.” Immediately following the ceremony, all participants and honored guests were invited to a reception to celebrate the oncoming and off going commanders.


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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

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Direct Line

Commanding Officer, Capt. Chris Dennis

Welcome back students, teachers and all who have been traveling this beautiful summer! We have been busy on base and in the community these last weeks enjoying Ferragosto, National Night Out and the wonderful opportunities Sicily and our Sicilian hosts so generously offer. I hope everyone is refreshed for the fall. One recent community event was the Town Hall meeting at Marinai. Thank you to those who attended, listened on AFN, or even caught the details from a neighbor. A special thanks to those who asked questions. For me, the exchange was extremely beneficial and your base leadership is working diligently to address your concerns. Please continue to let us know what is on your mind. We will have similar forums in the future and I thank you in advance for your continued active participation and commitment to our community. As you are aware, our country, and therefore our military, is tightening its fiscal belt and it is likely to be even tighter next year. This is why I strongly advocate citizenship and the responsibilities that we have to one another. By working together for enhanced security, resource conservation, health and welfare, we will

help ourselves to be the best Sigonella community possible in spite of the fiscal challenges we will face. Speaking of citizenship, I would like to ask everyone, including our brilliant kids, to participate in the Sig’ Citizenship competition. Can you submit the winning slogan and logo that best embodies the spirit of Sig’ Citizenship? We have already received some great ideas, and now that most are back from vacation, we can round out the field of submissions with more creative entries. The competition remains open until Sept. 4. Don’t miss it! RECYCLE! Look for the new partitioned round recycling bins newly deployed around NAS I and NAS II. Even more are on the way. Now it will be even easier to do the right thing and recycle. Don’t throw away what can be used again. Please, send your plastic, paper, aluminum and glass to its proper resting place – recycling bins. Finally, as school starts and our children return to class, I ask everyone to SLOW down on the roads. TOO MANY Sig’ drivers are driving entirely TOO FAST. Driving fast may save a few measly minutes but it risks the lives of our children, loved ones and neighbors. Who

out there wants to live with the regret of hurting or killing another, especially a child?! I will continue to take reckless drivers to task when I see them or when reported to me by leaders from around the base. Remember, driving in Italy is a privilege as is driving on base. You can and will lose both if you do not drive safely. Enjoy the rest of the warm weather and look out for one another like Shipmates and families do.

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What’s Happening Around NAS Sigonella

Religious Ministries Department hosts Vacation Bible School for NASSIG youth First Class Petty Officer Association helps keep NAS I perimeter clean Members of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) continued their clean-up efforts outside the NAS I gate Aug. 9. The FCPOA has officially adopted the area outside the gate and will be out regularly to keep it clean and looking professional. (U.S. Navy photo by MR1 Gary Spence/Released)


Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella children participated in the annual Vacation Bible School, hosted by the NAS Sigonella Religious Ministries Department and chapel officials. The event took place from Aug. 12 to 16 at the NAS I Chapel. Vacation Bible School is one of the chapel's most important outreach events of the year. The Sigonella community pitched in to make the event a success. Volunteers assisted in many areas including helping with planning and decorations, teaching drama and leading songs. For more information about upcoming chapel events, contact the Religious Ministries Department at 624-3975. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released)

U.S. Air Forces Europe commander visits

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) SATURDAY ■ 4:30 p.m. Catholic Mass (NAS I 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

OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES 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, NAS I at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, NAS II at 11:30 a.m. Contact: 346-840-7745

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

Town Hall meeting provides forum for Sigonellans to be heard Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis (far right) responds to questions from residents of Marinai Housing during the first Town Hall meeting Aug. 8. Since the cancellation of “Feedback Live,” Dennis has been looking for a new forum to address the concerns of the Sigonella community. Keep reading The Signature or visit NAS Sigonella on Facebook to find out when the next Town Hall meeting will take place. (U.S. Navy photo by MR1 Gary Spence/Released)

U.S Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe, commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, and commander of Allied Air Command shakes hands with Airmen during a meet and greet and facility tour Aug. 19, at the Global Hawk Detachment 2 Hangar Bay located on the flight line at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. 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 MC3 Cameron Bramham/ Released)


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Sparetime Bowling *EVERY MONDAY





FFSC TGPS Class 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Back to School BBQ and Newcomer Indoctrination 5:30 p.m. Youth Complex


Storytime* Library 10 a.m.

Sig Safe FFSC 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Texas Hold'em Jox Pub 6 p.m.

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



Sunday 25

Liberty Beach Trip

Missoula Children’s Theatre- The Tortoise Versus The Hare Knight's Hall 2:30 p,m.


ITT Family Adventure Park on Mt. Etna

SEPT 1 ITT Lipari Express

ITT Paintball “NIGHT WARZ” in Motta

ITT Catania - Inter Half Price Bowling* Sparetime Bowling *EVERY SUNDAY



3 Labor Day

4 Youth Forum Youth Complex Marinai 5:30 p.m.

Deadline to sign up for Adult Flag Football NAS I Fitness Center

Marshmallow Fondant Making Class Youth Complex Marinai 5 p.m.





Friends Night Out* Sparetime Bowling *EVERY THURSDAY


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JUST SAY Prac tice IT! your Itali an !

Motta pays tribute to St. Anastasia, August 23 - 25

A group of children belonging to local religious clubs takes part in the annual procession during the summer festival honoring St. Corrado the patron saint of Noto. (Photo by Angelo Grimaldi)

St. Corrado Festival in Noto, August 25 and 26 The annual "Festa di San Corrado" or St. Corrado Festival returns to Noto, Sunday, Aug. 25 and Monday, Aug. 26. Noto is one of the most beautiful Baroque towns in Sicily. The town is part of UNESCO World Heritage List. The summer feast honoring St. Corrado is one of the four traditional yearly celebrations celebrating the town patron saint. St. Corrado has been venerated in Noto since the 16th century. In 1515, Pope Leo X permitted the town of Noto to annually celebrate a St. Corrado festival on the anniversary of his death. One hundred and fifteen years later, Pope Urban VIII proclaimed him a saint. The strong devotion and gratitude shown to St. Corrado by the Noto community is due to the intercessions that he granted them on several occasions throughout the centuries.One of them concerns the miracle that St. Corrado worked in 1855 when Noto residents summoned him to protect the town against a deadly cholera epidemic. According to legend, St. Corrado interceded and the city was spared by the illness. Tradition also holds that, in 1943, World War II bombings spared Noto as granted through the intercession of St. Corrado. The mayor of the time promised he would offer a candle every year to thank him. As it is told, Corrado Confalonieri, a wealthy aristocrat, was born in Piacenza in 1290. Corrado loved hunting. One day in 1313, an event changed his life. While hunting, Corrado ordered his attendants to set fire to some bushes to flush out game. A prevailing wind caused the flames to spread rapidly devastating nearby fields, forests, towns and villages. Corrado fled, panicking. An innocent peasant was accused of being the arsonist, was tortured to confess to the crime he did not commit, and eventually he was sentenced to death. As the poor man was ready to be executed, Corrado was stricken with remorse and confessed his guilt saving the poor man's life. Because of his noble origins, Corrado was spared the death penalty. However, he had to sell all his possessions to pay off the damaged property. Thus, Corrado became poor and retired as a Franciscan monk to a lonely hermitage near Piacenza, while his wife entered the Order of Poor Clares. Later, he went to Rome to meet with Pope and eventually to Sicily. There, he settled in the Noto Valley where he led a penitential life for thirty years using a cave for meditation. According to tradition, Corrado worked several miracles during his long hermitage. A legend tells that the most famous miracle occurred

when the Siracusa Bishop visited Corrado in his humble home. When the Bishop asked Corrado if he had anything to offer to his guests, the hermit replied he would check in his cell. Right after, he came back bringing some fresh bread out of the oven. Therefore, the bishop became convinced that Corrado was a saint. Festival schedule: On Aug. 25, the festival starts with a solemn Holy Mass celebrated by the Noto Bishop at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral. Later, in the evening, the Arca, a silver urn containing the saint's remains, is carried shoulder high along the streets of Noto historic center. The procession begins at 7 p.m. from the Cathedral and proceeds throughout the historic heart of the city until the Crocifisso Church. A spectacular firework with music show will be held in piazza Municipio at 10 p.m. On Monday, Aug. 26, the festival will move to the "Lido di Noto," the coastal district of the town, with a concert from "Beans" an Italian pop band from the 1970s beginning at 10:30 p.m. Later, at 1 a.m., the festival will end with a breathtaking fireworks' show on the water. The magnificent Arc is a priceless piece of art Giovanni Manuella, a Sicilian architect, designed the Arca in 1525. Throughout the centuries, several generations of Sicilian goldsmiths and silversmiths added fine decorations to the original model. The urn was eventually completed in 1848. The Arca is 6.2 feet tall and 24 inches wide. It weighs 880 lbs. and contains the saint's body. It is usually kept inside the Noto cathedral. After the 1990 earthquake, the Arca was moved to the nearby Church of San Carlo al Corso as the cathedral was damaged by the tremors. It will be preserved there until the cathedral is restored. Members from the local Confraternite (Confraternities) dressed in traditional costumes bring the traditional Cili and banners in procession. A continuous stream of more than 4,000 people follow the procession. Cili are decorated iron bowls supported by a tall wooden stick, which contain a candle. They symbolize the devotion shown to the saint after the fulfillment of a vow or pledge and have been used since the 1500s. Some fervent devotees still perform the traditional Viaggiu Scausu or "Barefoot Itinerary" both on the night before the festival and during the procession. That is a real proof of devotion and physical resistance, as it consists of following the main procession barefoot and walking for miles from the surrounding towns to the cathedral. Some residents, leaving from the surrounding cities, walk up to 15 miles to reach Noto and take part in the procession. For more information contact the Noto Tourist Office at Tourist Office at 0931-573779.

As it happens every year, Santa Anastasia (Saint Anastasia), the beloved and venerated patron Saint of Motta will be honored through a religious festival running from Aug. 23 through 25. The festival will feature holy masses fireworks, folklore and music shows in the city rioni (districts). Life of St. Anastasia: According to tradition, Anastasia was a Roman lady of noble descent. She was the daughter of Praetextatus, a noble pagan. Although she grew up as a pagan, she converted later in life to Christianity thanks to the teachings of St. Chrysogonus, her spiritual advisor. When her mother died, Praetextatus forced her to marry a noble Roman, named Publius, who was also a pagan. As Publio realized she was a Christian and discovered her acts of piety, he confined her to the house. Later on, cruel Publius, who was appointed as the ambassador to the King of Persia, gave orders to an evil man to maltreat his wife so that he would find her dead upon his return. But Publius died during his journey. Therefore, Anastasia was freed, inherited all his properties and returned to her charity activities. Meanwhile, Emperor Diocletian began a terrible persecution against Christians that also involved St. Chrysogonus who suffered martyrdom in 303 A.D. During one of her extraordinary missions of charity, Anastasia went to Thessalonica where many Christians were under arrest for their faith. Having found that all the prisoners had been butchered, she started weeping loudly. She was then brought before the prefect, Florus to whom she confessed she was a Christian. After several attempts to convince her to give up her faith, Anastasia was sent to the terrible Emperor Diocletian who was also unsuccessful in exhorting her to abandon her religion. Eventually, prefect Florus sent her to prison with the intention of starving her. But as the days passed, Anastasia looked healthier instead of getting sick. Florus then thought that the jailer had transgressed his orders to starve her and ordered her to be put onboard a ship with 120 idolaters and thieves. The ship was bored with holes and was supposed to sink. The ship soon filled with water, but instead of sinking, it miraculously went ashore thanks to the intervention of Saint Theodota. As a result of this miracle, all the idolaters and thieves converted to Christianity. Anastasia was then taken to the island of Palmarola where she was condemned to death and burned at the stake in December of 304 A.D. Her martyred body was first buried in Zara, in Dalmatia. But about the year 460 A.D. under the Emperor Leo, her relics were transferred to Constantinople (Istanbul). Festival schedule highlights: On Aug. 23, celebrations open with religious processions beginning at 9 p.m., which are followed by an all-night service of prayer and meditation in the main church. On Aug. 24, holy mass begins at 11 a.m. Festival goers can visit the church and admire the statue. In the evening, there is a folklore show in piazza Umberto. The highlight of the festival is Sunday, Aug. 25. In the morning at 11 a.m., a solemn Holy mass is held at the main church in piazza Castello. The evening festival schedule features flag throwers’ shows and entertainment staged by the town districts ‘performers (Giovani, Maestri, Panzera and Vecchia Matrice) at 9 p.m. in piazza Umberto. The festival ends with fireworks’ display at midnight.

Motta pays tribute to St. Anastasia, the town patroness saint, with a spectacular festival which included holy masses, fireworks, folklore and entertainment. A statue of the saint (above) is used during the festival to show devotion. (Photo by Rione Panzera Official Site)

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Italian Soup Kitchens Serve Gourmet Food (Italy Magazine) The hungry and homeless are getting to eat decent meals thanks to the Pasta Buono initiative, which redistributes leftovers from top restaurants and grocers across Italy. The Pasta Buono project contacts grocery suppliers, delicatessens, bakers, patisseries, pizzerias, butchers, supermarkets and restaurateurs, and then puts them in touch with charitable organizations such as the Catholicrun Caritas that run soup kitchens. The charities collect scraps and food that might otherwise find its way to the bin, and then redistributes it to help ensure poor and needy get fed. Some of the businesses making donations are top-notch establishments that produce gourmet food. The economic crisis has lead to a rise in unemployment in Italy and the number of Italians seeking help from charities like Caritas. Pasta Buono aims to help those individuals as well as cut back on unnecessary food waste. According to research conducted by the Politecnico di Milano, Italians throw away six million tonnes of food a year. The Pasta Buono initiative started in 2007. It has outlets in Rome, Genoa and Florence. It aims to extend the project to Palermo, Milan and Naples. The non-profit organization says it helped provide 50,000 meals in 2012. Father Fabio Bartoli, a parish priest at San Benedetto in Rome that feeds some 35 people a day, told news agency AFP: “This initiative is very important. It channels the generosity of shopkeepers and the needs of the poorest.”

Sicilian MP blasts the Danes over 'mafia' pizza (The Local) Palermo - A Sicilian politician and anti-mafia commissioner has lambasted restaurants in Denmark for naming pizzas and sandwiches after the notorious crime gang after stumbling across an Al Capone pizza in

Copenhagen. Fabrizio Ferrandelli and his wife Claudia were shocked to find the mafioso-named items on the menu as they dined at the Mama Rosa restaurant in Copenhagen on Tuesday night, the politician, who is also regional vice-president of the Democratic Party (PD), wrote on his blog. He said the dishes “exploited the worst stereotypes about southern Italy and criminals”. Still, Ferrandelli added that the discovery was timely, as he has prepared a dossier, to be submitted next week, highlighting the ways in which the image of Sicily, where the mafia originates, is distorted around the world. He also found a 'Don Panino' sandwich in Austria. Ferrandelli described the case in Denmark as “another shame to add to the file.” “The Don Panino is not an isolated case,” he said. The report will reveal other examples of how Italians dishes are used to glorify the mafia, with names including Pizza Connection, The Godfather and Don Vito Corleone.

Lipari bans swim-suit attire from town centre, Fines up to 500 Euros for people sporting bikinis in the streets (ANSA) Palermo- The Aeolian island of Lipari, near Sicily, recently issued an ordinance destined to restore modesty to the tourist Mecca. People sporting bikinis, thongs or other swimming costumes in the town centre of this southern Italian volcanic paradise may be fined up to 500 Euros ($661). Lipari Mayor Marco Giorgianni ordered the new rule after residents and some tourists complained of the exhibitionism. Signs have been posted warning bathing-suit wearers, and local police have been authorized to give tickets.

Rare zebra-donkey 'zonkey' born in Italy, cuteness ensues ( Florence- Forbidden love didn’t end with Shakespeare, or even with humans for that matter. Due south of Verona in an animal reserve in Florence, Italy, a randy male zebra scaled a fence to woo his equine lady love, an endangered Donkey of Amiata. But unlike the tragic outcome of many star-crossed lovers, the fruit of this affair – a rare zebra-donkey hybrid named Ippo – is inspiring ecstatic exclamations of “awww” across the globe. Baby Ippo, whose markings look like striped thigh-high stockings that fade into a riot of utter fuzzy cuteness, was said to be in good health shortly after his birth. Zonkeys, also known as zedonks or zebroids, are the unique creation of parents both from the horse family, but with two different types of DNA. Like mules, which are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, they are generally unable to have babies of their own. Ippo’s father was adopted by the animal reserve after he was rescued from a failing zoo, reports ABC News; his mother is a Donkey of Amiata, an endangered breed from Tuscany. Serena Aglietti, an employee at the reserve, said "Ippo is the only one of her kind in Italy." Yet there are other zonkeys outside of Italy. One was recently born in China, and the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Georgia is the home of a zonkey born in 2010. C.W. Wathen, the founder of Chestatee, said that the zonkey has been in good health since her birth.



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MESSINA Admission to the Duomo (above) is free. Inside you will see one of the largest pipe organs in Italy, an original mosaic dating back to the 14th century and a beautiful timber ceiling.

Several of Messina's main attractions are in the city center. The Bell Tower was built in the 13th century and is home to one of the largest astronomical clocks in the world. Each day at noon, there is a special presentation which draws tourists and locals alike. The Duomo contains the Tesoro, which features a collection of the city's most prized treasures.

A plethora of donated jewels (above) and ancient gold platted items (below) are showcased in the Tesoro.

On display in the Tesoro, a relic said to contain a lock of the Virgin's hair.

Messina is the gateway to Sicily. Only three miles separate it from the Italian mainland. (Photos by Jackie Trembath) by jackie trembath NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

Messina is the third largest city on the island of Sicily and about an hour and a half drive from Sigonella. Although best known as the gateway to the mainland, Messina is also a city rich in art and history. If you happen to be in the area or want to tour more of the island, Messina is a great place to stop. Several of Messina's main attractions are in the city center and very near the port. Make sure to check out the 197 foot Bell Tower, home to one of the world's largest astronomical clocks, built in the 13th century. Each day at noon there is a special 15-minute astronomical clock presentation. The show animates parts of the Biblical history of Christianity and the history of Messina and Sicily. Visitors and locals alike gather to watch as the mechanical bronze figures come to life. The lion roars, the cock crows, the eagle spreads its wings and Dina and Clarenza, heroines of Messina, take turns ringing the bell. As the tune of Ave Maria fills the square, the automaton of Christ rises from his tomb and the church from the ashes. The messengers arrive with the Madonna's letter. The entire show is slow-paced and reflective. In front of the Bell Tower is the beautiful Fontana di Orione, the prebaroque creation of Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli in 1547. It honors

Orion, the city's mythical founder, who is surrounded by giants, nymphs, and cherubs. Before or after the Bell Tower presentation, step inside the Duomo, a Romanesque and Norman cathedral. Admission is free. Admire the timber ceiling and huge pipe organ - the largest organ in Italy - boasting 15,000 pipes. Inside you can also read about the history of the church and view a 14th-century work, the cathedral's only original mosaic depicting the Virgin seated with saints, queens, and archangels. For a small fee, you have the opportunity to visit the treasure-trove found in the Duomo's Tesoro. See first-hand valuable candlesticks, chalices, gold reliquaries and silverwork created by local artisans in the 17th and 18th centuries. The highlight of the Tesoro is the Manta d'Oro (golden mantle), a special cover for the Virgin and Bambino on the Duomo's altar. Just north of the Duomo you will find the Museo Regionale, situated in a former silk mill from 1914. It is home to Sicily's greatest collection of art from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Inside the museum are two large Caravaggio masterpieces which represent the raising of Lazarus and the Nativity.

Located in front of the Bell Tower, the Fontana di Orione honors the city's mythical founder, Orion.

The Museo Regionale is home to Sicily's greatest art collection including Caravaggio masterpieces.

The Tesoro features the Manta d'Oro, a golden mantle designed as a special cover on the Duomo's altar.



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National Night Out brings security awareness to community

MA3 Greg Fox and his military working dog, Nitro, showcase a range of military working dog training activities for the Sigonella community. (U.S. Navy photo by ABF3 Chris Robertson/Released)

NNO commenced with a parade of law enforcement, safety, fire prevention and U.S. Marine internally transportable vehicles. Also parading the Marinai streets were motorcycles from Sigonella’s Harley Owners Group (HOG) Chapter, military working dogs and horse-mounted police units. “It’s great to be out here for this unbelievably cool experience,” Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Jessica Gokey said. “As a member of security, it’s nice to see everyone out here supporting what we do every day.” Once the parade concluded at the soccer fields of Marinai, NAS Sigonella community members were able to take part in a wide range of activities including a watermelon eating contest, bounce houses, a dunk tank and bicycle raffle, among other events. Complimentary food and drinks were also available to NNO participants. The event incorporated several demonstrations as well, including a military working dog performance from the base security K9 team and their host nation counterparts. Other demonstrations included displays from the NAS Sigonella Fire & Emergency Services, U.S. Air Force Global Hawk Detachment 2, 69 Reconnaissance Group and Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SP-MAGTF) Africa 13, which is currently deployed to NAS Sigonella. “It’s nice to come out here and watch everybody do things together,” SP-MAGTF Africa 13 Team 6 Chief Gunnery Sgt. Frank Alvarez said. “It’s a good event.” For more information about NNO, visit http://www.

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ON THE GO WITH MWR Adult Row/Swim: A fitness change of pace by erin work MWR Fitness

The Sigonella community knows and loves MWR's annual run/walk series and Base 2 Base event, but what if stamping out the distance on foot isn't your cardio workout of choice? The Adult Row/Swim challenge is the answer! On Saturday, Aug. 17 at Splashers Pool, the shiny Concept 2 Rowers lined up in front of the pool lap lanes and gleaming in the morning sun. Competitors rowed 2,500 meters on the rowing machine and then jumped directly into the refreshing pool to swim 250 meters in any stroke of their choice. The event was open to all adults with base access who are 18 and up. Six females and 14 males participated in this year's challenge.

Congratulations to the winners: Male Category: Jesse Cohen - 14:58 Keith Frankl - 15:25 Robert Martinez - 15:30 Female Category: Chelsea Garcia - 16:23 Sonja Hurt - 18:05 Kahla Hill - 18:20

Get FIT with MWR Sig Fitness! Check out their facebook page/MwrSigFitness for all the latest happenings in our fitness world! Group Exercise Schedules, special events, workouts of the week and more! Photo courtesy of MWR

by MC3 Cameron Bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

Service members, family and friends attached to Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella joined Italian Carabinieri and Polizia for the annual National Night Out (NNO) event Aug. 6 at the Marinai Base Housing Complex. NNO helps raise awareness about public safety and crime prevention. According to www., NNO began on Aug. 7, 1984 when the National Association of Town Watch Executive Director Matt Peskin felt that a high-profile and

high impact type of crime prevention event was needed nationally. The first NNO was attended by 2.5 million Americans across 400 communities in 23 states. “I think [NNO] is important because it gives the community and law enforcement a chance to get together,” NAS Sigonella Command Master Chief David Graham said. “It takes everybody to make the community safe and I think the community responded exceptionally well and was very excited.”

Nation Night Out commenced with a parade of law enforcement, safety, fire prevention and U.S. Marine internally transportable vehicles. U.S. Navy photo by ABF3 Chris Robertson/Released)

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule &  Descriptions

Friday, 23 August 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, Salisbury Steak, Pasta alla Norma, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Oriental Stir Fry, Cake.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Baked Sausage Patties, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Pastries. *Speed line: Pasta Chef. *Lunch: Egg Drop Soup, BBQ Spareribs, Savory Baked Chicken, Chicken Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Hopping John, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans, Jalapeno Corn Bread, Cake *Dinner: Onion Soup, Lasagna, Fishwich, Fresh Squash, Cookies.

Saturday, 24 August 2013 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Pastries. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Mambo Roast Pork, Steamed Rice, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Cookies. *Dinner: Broccoli Soup, Pizza, Pasta Alfredo, Carrots Fresh, Cookies.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Pastries. *Lunch: Mulligatawny Soup, Roast Turkey, Stuffed Green Pepper, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Steamed Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Pie. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken noodles soup, Fishwich , Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Rice, Broccoli, Pie.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Pastries. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets, Squash, Cake. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Stuffed Green Pepper, Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower, Penne alla Norma, Cake. Monday, 26 August 2013 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Minced Beef w/ Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Pastries. *Lunch: Cream of potato Soup, Lemon Baked Fish, Yankee Pot Roast, Tossed Green Rice, Calico Cabbage, Carrots Fresh, Cake. *Speed line: Pizza. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Spaghetti Meat Sauce, Brown Rice, Chicken Parmesan, Broccoli, Cake.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Pastries. *Lunch: Corn Chowder Soup, Teriyaki Chicken, Roast Beef, Orange Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli, Summer Squash, Cake. *Speed line: Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Macaroni & Cheese, Onion Rings. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Beef Stew, Farfalle Alfredo, Steamed Rice, Seasoned Carrots, Cake. Friday, 30 August 2013 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Pastries. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Stuffed Baked Fish , Roast Pork, Mushroom Gravy, Rice Pilaf , Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Peas, Cauliflower, Cookies. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Cream Of Mushroom Soup, Cantonese Spareribs, Baked Tuna Noodles, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Whole Corn, Lemon Cookies.

Wednesday, August 28

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

Thursday, August 29 Friday, August 23

2:00 PM Ratatouille 5:00 PM Red 2 5:30 PM Despicable Me 2 7:30 PM R.I.P.D. 3D 8:00 PM The Conjuring

G PG-13 PG PG-13 R

Saturday, August 24 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Despicable Me 2 3D PG Turbo PG R.I.P.D. 3D PG-13 The Conjuring R Red 2 PG-13

Sunday, August 25

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

Planes 3D Smurfs 2 Elysium Grown Ups 2 Pacific Rim 3D

Tuesday, August 27

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.

Turbo 3D The Conjuring Pacific Rim 3D Red 2

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

The Smurfs 2 3D Despicable Me 2 Red 2 R.I.P.D.

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

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

Despicable Me 2 3D R.I.P.D. The Lone Ranger Pacific Rim

Friday, August 30 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Elysium Turbo 2 Guns Red 2

Saturday, August 31 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Turbo 3D Planes R.I.P.D. 3D The Conjuring 2 Guns

Sunday, September 1 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Planes 3D Smurfs 2 The Conjuring Grown Ups 2 The Wolverine 3D

Movie Premiere

Free Movie

Same Day Release

Last Show

GROWN UPS 2 ... PG-13 STARRING: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade PG R PG-13 PG-13

After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you. (101 m.) 2 GUNS ... R STARRING: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton

PG PG-13 PG-13 PG-13

R PG R PG-13


PG PG R PG-13 PG-13

A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent. (109 m.) RED 2 ... PG-13 STARRING: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren

Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. (116 m.) R.I.P.D. 2D & 3D ... PG-13 STARRING: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon

A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. (96 m.) THE WOLVERINE ... PG-13 STARRING: Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. (126 m.)

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

Sports Find and circle all of the sports that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell a secret message A Vince Lombardi quotation. ARCHERY BADMINTON BASEBALL BASKETBALL BILLIARDS BOCCE BOWLING BOXING CRICKET CROQUET CYCLING DARTS FENCING FISHING FOOTBALL GOLF HANDBALL HOCKEY


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AUTOMOBILES 2002 Ford Focus Turbo Diesel, European spec, manual transmission. Working AC, CD player with AUX port for MP3 player. No scratches or dents, good gas mileage, great island car! Asking $3000 OBO. Please e-mail or call Josh at 340-608-2140.

2008 Mazda 5; small minivan (3 rows of seats) - perfect for Europe! 60k miles, automatic transmission, 6 CD, moon roof, metallic sea foam green, no accidents (Carfax available), in great shape. Asking $11,500, email or call Josh at 335-642-8305.

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

Members of Sigonella Boy Scout Troop 53 participated in the Bayern High Adventure Boy Scout Camp in Garmisch Germany. (Photo courtesy of Sigonella Boy Scout Troop 53)

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Sigonella Boy Scout Troop 53 attends camp in Garmisch, Germany by Jennifer Simpson Sigonella Boy Scout Troop 53 volunteer

Eight Boy Scouts from Sigonella Boy Scout Troop 53, Gabriel Adriano, Tyler Simpson, Peter Cauble, Ethan Schaal, Kolby Simpson, Nico Medina, Zach Zmijski, and Matthew Martin participated in the Bayern High Adventure Boy Scout Camp in Garmisch, Germany from July 21-July 26. They were accompanied by adult leaders, Jamey Simpson (scoutmaster), Mike Adriano (asst. scoutmaster), Tim Martin, James Ewen, Scott Cauble and Jim Zmijski. In true Boy Scout spirit, Troop 53 opened their camp site and was joined with several members of the Zurich Boy Scout Troop 625. The troop was able to raise a majority of the funds to pay for the camp including airfare, transportation and camp fees, with fundraisers throughout the year. Their tremendous hard work paid off as they relished at the 5-day camp in the beautiful Bavarian Alps. The Scouts earned multiple merit badges including kayaking, archery, rifle and wilderness survival, as essential part of their climb to Eagle Scout. Senior scouts participated in the "high adventure" sessions which included white water rafting and kayaking. The troop received awards during the week for "Best Overall Cobbler" and "Best Shot" in the Robin Hood Archery Competition won by Peter Cauble. The entire group concluded their week with 11 mile hike down Alpspitze, "Jewel of the Werdenfelser Land, with an elevation of 8,625 feet / 2,629 m.

For more information on Boy Scout Troop 53, visit the Facebook page" Boy Scout Troop 53 - Sigonella.




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"The Signature," August 23 issue  

After a two-week break, “The Signature” is back! In this week’s issue, we look at Global Hawk’s change of command, attend National Night Out...

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