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Vol. 31 No. 16

9th annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk is next week BY MC3 CAMERON BRAMHAM NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Wednesday’s 9th annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk on NAS II marks an end to Sexual Assault Awareness Month. However, Xiomara Bowes, base Sexual Response Coordinator, will do her best to ensure sexual assault prevention is being actively discussed, or at least thought about, by the Sigonella community all year through. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, reports of sexual assault at NAS Sigonella have increased since the same time last year. While that number is troubling in certain respects, the fact that reports on NAS Sigonella are on the rise could be an indication that victims feel more secure coming forward. “My goal is not to drop the numbers [of reports]. It’s to increase the reports,” Bowes said. “If reports aren’t filed we don’t know what’s going out there. If we don’t know what’s going on out there, I can’t do my job.” Bowes said there are traditionally three obstacles that interfere with a victim reporting sexual assault. 1) The victim doesn’t think anyone will believe them. 2) The victim will be blamed for their actions 3) The victim’s command will not stand by them. Though those reservations won’t instantly vanish overnight, the Navy has taken measures to encourage victims to come forward. In August the Navy released SECNAVINST 1752.4B, a 102-page document that took another step toward forward in expanding the rights and privacy of sexual assault victims, including placing a greater emphasis on protecting the dignity and respect of the victim. At the command level, Bowes has also noticed a shift in attitudes toward sexual assault, especially amongst Sigonella’s younger Sailors. When she assumed her post in July 2013, Bowes said she would walk into a room of younger Sailors to talk to them about sexual assault and they were guarded. “Arms were folded and minds seemed closed,” Bowes recalled. But in 10 months, she feels that in general attitudes have changed for the better. In fact, she said that when she goes into a room to speak to her Sailors about sexual assault awareness, there is a much more welcoming feeling. She feels the difference is likely in her approach. “Oh, I am very frank,” she said emphatically. “But I don’t lecture them. I am really about people having healthy sexual relationships. I am upfront and I don’t mess around. I talk openly and honestly and I listen to them. We won’t know what’s going on with our Sailors if we’re not willing to speak honestly and listen intently.” Despite the training she provides (and base leadership reiterates), Bowes believes the biggest instrument to change ultimately lies with the Sailors who are out there on the front lines, which in this case means at parties or in other social situations that are common pathways to sexual assault. “Bystander intervention is a big part of preventing sexual assault,” Bowes said. “Those drinking and engaging service members have a lot of influence on preventing this by doing the right thing. I hate to sound cliché, but it is truly about honor, courage, and commitment. It is our duty to ensure that our shipmates are free from harm.” NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis concurs with this sentiment, using different Sailor theology to echo Bowes’ sentiment. “The last sentence of the Sailor’s Creed says, ‘I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.’ We can recite the words, but we can’t live that and tolerate sexual abuse. Those ideologies are completely contradictory.” The walk is the last planned event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which kicked off April 1 after NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis signed a proclamation at Take 5. The walk will begin at 11:30 a.m. in front of Building 618 (Commanding Officer and Base Admin Building) and will head toward the galley and continuing towards the water tower. Participants will then proceed past Building 618 once again and finish the one mile stroll at Take 5. Refreshments and food will be provided at Take 5. Bowes said the walk honors the victims on the base “and to let them know that we’re still thinking about it,” she said.

Service members from Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella walk together in support of sexual assault awareness during last year's annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk. This year's walk event will take place infront of the Commanding Officer's Bldg (618) on NAS II this Wednesday, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. All community members are encouraged to participate in the Sexual Assault Awareness Walk as the event wraps up April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NAS Sigonella Public Affairs archives by Machinery Repairman 1st Class Gary Spence/Released)

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)

Around Sigonella:


School Age Care children attend demonstration

Check out what's happening around Sigonella!

Check out pictures from the annual Easter celebration hosted by MWR Sigonella

See how Sigonella's first responders demonstrated their skills and techniques




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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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Executive Officer Cmdr. Eric Vosler Friday, April 25th. What a day; for those of you in the know, today is Arbor Day, DNA Day, Malaria Awareness Day, Hairball Awareness Day, Zucchini Bread Day, Plumber's Day, World Penguin Day and Katie's Birthday. In Italy, it is Liberation Day, a national holiday here commemorating the end of the Second World War and the end of Nazi occupation in this country. Also, less importantly, it is my last article in the Signature! This is the last chance for me to submit a column to the Signature and, possibly, the last chance for me to say thank you to all the folks in the Sigonella Community that make this the best Naval Air Station on the planet! Over the past three years, I had the opportunity to meet just about everyone that came through base indoc. I asked everyone there who you were and what your goals were while you were in Sigonella. Everyone responded with goals such as: learn Italian, learn to cook, travel, get promoted, save money, start a family, get a college degree. Not one person said, “I want to take all I can and give nothing back.” Doing the right thing and looking out for each other makes all the difference in the world and that is the definition of Sig’ Citizenship.

Thank you for all for what you have done to make our brief visit to Sigonella the best tour in over 24 years of service. We have been through a lot together: floods, renovations, wind-storms, and water issues, MUOS, OOD and OUP. Each of you stepped up to the challenges while excelling at the day-to-day military regime as well. There will be challenges in the future; Marinai contract renegotiation, and the expected growth that comes with NATO AGS arriving in the next few years. I am confident that focusing on the three virtues of Sig’ Citizenship, looking out for each other and staying professional, you, the Sigonella Community, will handle any challenge that comes your way. I want to especially thank our Commanding Officer, Capt. Dennis and Command Master Chief Graham for their phenomenal leadership, mentorship and most importantly, their friendship. It takes a team to succeed, and they prove that every day. Finally, I would like to welcome my relief Cmdr. Charles McKinney, who recently arrived with his wife Daniela and Alexandra, their daughter. Please give them a warm Sigonella cheek kiss. Remember, in a cheek kiss, both

persons lean forward and either lightly touch cheek with cheek or lip with cheek. Generally the gesture is repeated alternating cheeks. In Italy, the number of kisses is usually two, starting with the left. Hand-shaking or hugging may also take place. Thanks again to all of you, Americans and Italians, that made Michelle, Hannah, Katie, Andrew and I feel at home from the moment we arrived until the day we leave for Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, we have truly been blessed and I can say I am proud to have served with you! Stay classy Sigonella, and when someone asks how you are, respond, “Outstanding and Proud to Serve!

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis, in PT gear, cuts the grand opening ribbon for the NAS II Fitness Center aboard NAS Sigonella with the help of those who made the gym remodel possible, April 18. The fitness center has been under renovation for the last ten months. 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 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis/Released)

Imagination Movers perform at Sigonella

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES ROMAN CATHOLIC SUNDAY ■ 8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) 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


NAS II Fitness Center opens for business Red Cross to host multiple events



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OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES LATTER-DAY SAINTS SUNDAY at 1:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) Contact: 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 on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Classroom at NAS 1 Chapel beginning on May 6th. ■ 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: 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

The Imagination Movers, stars of "Disney Playhouse" and "Disney Junior", visited Naval Air Station Sigonella April 15 as part of Month of the Military Child. The group has toured all over the world sharing their talents with many. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Paul Newell/Released)

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Over the next couple of weeks the Sigonella American Red Cross will be hosting three separate events for the Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella community. The first event will be tomorrow from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the soccer fields in Marinai. Red Cross will be teaming up with Sigonella Animal Welfare Society (SAWS) for Pet Appreciation Day. Activities included during this event are food sales, a pet portrait studio, and pet first aid demonstrations. There will also be contests for most talented, best dressed, and most athletic pets among much more. Those who attend will also be offered the opportunity to receive information about their pets. The next event will be on Tuesday, April 29 in the Cart Room on NAS I, as Sigonella American Red Cross will host a volunteer recognition luncheon from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for all of Red Cross’ active volunteers. The final event Red Cross will present to the community will be the 3rd annual Bike Safety Rodeo, which will take place on May 3. The bike rodeo will be at the bus parking lot by the Marinai soccer fields and will feature many games, a lot of food, and multiple information tables. According to Sigonella American Red Cross Officials, the Bike Safety Rodeo provides an opportunity for children of all ages to learn about bike safety and how to properly operate their bike. Kids will also get a chance to ride their own bike through a course that will test bike control and hand signals. Each kid will receive a certificate of completion after finishing the course. For more information on these events and other future events Sigonella American Red Cross has planned, call DSN 624-4900. THE AMERICAN RED CROSS AND SIGONELLA ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY ARE NON-FEDERAL ENTITIES. IT IS NOT A PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS AND IT HAS NO GOVERNMENTAL STATUS.

Homeschoolers Curriculum Fair NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - For those who have school aged children and might be thinking about homeschooling them can have all of their questions answered during the 3rd annual Sigonella Homeschoolers Curriculum Fair tomorrow, at 1 p.m. in the Chart Room on NAS I.



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Monday 28



Bingo Doors open at 5 p.m. Chart Room on NAS I




Home Buying Stategies 10 - 11:30 a.m. FFSC





SAAM Information Tables 11:30a.m. - 1:30 p.m. NAS 2 Galley

Agrigento: Valley of the Temples & Bagliesi Wine Tasting ITT

Relo Fair 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. FFSC

Butterfly House Family Trip ITT


Glorious El Fakhar the rediscovery of ancient "Villages and Traditions" ITT


May 1


Resume Renovation 10 - 11:30 a.m. FFSC

Arrivederci Class 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FFSC




6 ICR for Newcomers 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC




ICR for Newcomers 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC

ICR for Newcomers 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC

Survive & Thrive 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. FFSC

Pre Deployment Class 9 - 11 a.m. FFSC

Military Family Finances: Planning & Budgeting 9 - 10:30 a.m. FFSC

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

Post Deployment Class 1 - 3 p.m. FFSC

Relocation Fair 1:30 - 3 p.m. FFSC Ombudsmen Monthly Assembly 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. FFSC




Commanding Officer's Suggestion Box 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., All Sigonella services are found under the Navy Europe Listing in the scroll-down menu. Also, visit NAS Sigonella's website, 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."

Financial resources when your deployment is postponed BY AGATTA CARNAZZA Fleet & Family Support Center

Free Italian Language Class 5 p.m. Take 5


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Motta Extreme Trail 2.5 Mile Run 10 a.m.


Extreme Bowling* 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

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.

Planning for a deployment takes a lot of work. Finalizing travel plans, arranging for the care of children or pets and making important financial decisions all must be done prior to leaving. But sometimes the military has to cancel or postpone a deployment and everything that you and your family planned for suddenly changes. Initially, you may be excited to spend more time at home, but other feelings and concerns may arise later. As you begin to undo some of your deployment planning, one area of potential stress may be financial. Maybe you terminated your lease and aren't sure about housing in the upcoming months, or maybe you sold your car and no longer have transportation. You may have out-of-pocket expenses to restart services or utilities. Travel arrangements may need to be adjusted and contracts may need to be cancelled. Although there might be a lot of financial details to manage, you don't have to manage them on your own. There are great resources available to help you and your family update spending plans, adjust credit card payments and manage all of the unexpected financial challenges that come with a deployment postponement. Your first stop might be the personal financial management program office on your installation. You can talk to a financial counselor and get help readjusting your spending plan and staying on track now that you will no longer receive additional deployment pay. The program can also help you understand your consumer rights and obligations, save for the future and resolve any other financial concerns that may arise. You can find contact information for your installation program by visiting Military Installations. Select "personal financial management services" in the "Looking for specific program or service" box. If you don't live near a military installation, you can also access personal financial counseling services through Military OneSource or through your local Joint Family Support Assistance Program. These counselors also understand the military environment and the special challenges you may face, including a deploy-

ment postponement. To learn more about these financial counseling resources, you can contact Military OneSource at 800-342-9647. For emergency financial support, you can also reach out to the military relief organizations. These private, nonprofit organizations help service members and their families with certain emergency financial needs in the form of interest-free loans or grants. Each service has its own relief organization and may assist with expenses such as rent, utilities, vehicle repair, emergency travel and medical and dental expenses. To apply for assistance, contact your service's relief organization: • Army Emergency Relief - Information is available on the Army Emergency Relief website or by calling 866-878-6378. If there is no military installation within 50 miles of your location, Army Emergency Relief has a support agreement with the American Red Cross to assist soldiers and their families. • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - Visit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society website or call 703-696-4904. • Air Force Aid Society - For details, go to the Air Force Aid Society website or call 800769-8951. As you manage your long list of things to do during your deployment postponement, reach out for support as you need it. The services provided through the personal financial management program on your installation, Military OneSource and the Joint Family Support Assistance Program are free of charge. These counselors understand the military community and how your finances can be impacted by military life changes, like a deployment postponement. And the military relief societies can provide you with some financial peace of mind during an otherwise uncertain time. Let these services and resources help you make sense of your new financial reality. Financial Resources Throughout Your Deployment Postponement, Web, Web. 24 Mar. 2014. http://www. militar id=266839



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U.S. Navy HEADLINES Taking care of Sailors' careers Courage and the anonymous Officer of the Deck:

Ricotta & Cheese Festival in Vizzini

The annual Vizzini Ricotta cheese festival celebrates the cheese making and dairy farming traditions of the area. Running this weekend in the town’s historic heart, the festival also features arts and crafts, ricotta cheese-making demonstrations, folklore parades and entertainment. (Photo provided by VIZZINI, Sicily - The “Sagra della Ricotta e del Formaggio (Ricotta and Cheese Festival) returns for its 40th edition with its array of mouthwatering cheesethemed festivities in the picturesque historic center of Vizzini, a town nestled in the Iblei Mountains, which is famous for being the birthplace of Sicilian novelist Giovanni Verga, an author who focused on the life of poor peasants and fishermen of Sicily. Vizzini was also the setting for “Cavalleria Rusticana,” an opera about jealousy, honor and passion by Italian composer Pietro Mascagni. Running from April 24 - 27, the sagra, kicking off this morning in piazza Marconi, features the traditional Mescita (the preparation of ricotta), arts and crafts booths, Sicilian carts parades, live music, and arts exhibits. During this exciting three-day-event, which draws annually over 30,000 tourists, local cheese makers will perform the preparation of ricotta inside the traditional “Quarara” pot) in the city’s historic center. The name ricotta derives from the word “Recocta,” which in Latin means cooked twice. The ancient Romans used to serve it to important guests and offered as a sacrifice at religious ceremonies. Ricotta became very popular in the Middle Ages. One of the

most valid descriptions from the past on how ricotta is made and where its name originated comes from the accounts of Bartolomeo Sacchi, a 15th century novelist. "When the cheese is taken from the caldron, the whey is heated so that any remaining fat will float to the surface. The country people call it ricotta because it is cooked twice to extract the cheese from the buttermilk. Ricotta is extremely white and has a rather pleasant flavor," Sacchi wrote. Ricotta is considered more as a milk product than a cheese. The whey obtained from the curd of fresh sheep milk is poured into a pot, named “Quarara” and placed over a gas burner set an inch or two off the floor. Ricotta forms when proteins from the whey separate, rise and coagulate. Once ready, the cheese has a granular structure and is white in color. The flavor is tasty and appealing. It must be consumed fresh otherwise it acidifies. Ricotta is eaten as fresh cheese or used in baking and in fillings for lasagna, ravioli, and other pasta dishes. If mixed with sugar and chocolate drops it is a perfect filling for the “Cannoli” or other pastries. Some of the fresh ricotta is set aside to harden and is heavily salted. After a week it is fit to be used as Ricotta Salata (which in Italian means: salted ricotta), to

be shredded over pasta, especially on top of the “Pasta alla Norma” the specialty of Catania which is dressed with tomato sauce and eggplant. Before you leave the festival, make sure you sample Cudduruna and Impanate, two delicious local specialties. They are plain pizza shells topped with sun-dried tomatoes (Cudduruna) or vegetables (Impanate) such as broccoli, spinach and more. Vizzini is located about 40 miles from Catania. The town was first colonized by the Ancient Greeks then fell it under the Roman rule. Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swedes and eventually Spaniards also conquered it. In 1693, Vizzini was struck by a terrible earthquake, which destroyed most of its historic center. It took over 100 years to build it again. The Chiesa Madre (main church) and the Church of San Giovanni Battista are definitely worth a visit. The Chiesa Madre was partly affected by the 1693 earthquake and was rebuilt on the old Senatorial Palace and on the remains of Benedictine monastery founded by Gregory the Great, patron of the town. On the left flank of the church, a beautiful Catalan Gothic style portal decorates the entrance portal. A wooden ceiling by Natale Bonaiuto and two paintings by Florence master Filippo Paladini embellish the interiors. San Giovanni Battista is the biggest church of the area. Stuccos from Natale Bonaiuto and splendid altars in Rococo style decorate the interiors. A walk downtown Vizzini tour will also lead you to the Capuchin Convent. Capuchins are among the first religious orders that settled in Vizzini. Dominican and Augustinian Convents were also built in the area. The fascinating painting “Deposizione” (the Deposition) painted in 1607 by Filippo Paladini is preserved in the Capuchins Church. For more information and detailed festival schedules, visit http://www.comune.vizzini.

Veneto and Treviso are full of vampires, expert says (TL) The northern Italian provinces of Veneto and Treviso are “full of vampires”, with aspiring members of the cult being required to “drink human blood”, an expert in religious cults has claimed. Professor Giuseppe Bisetto told a conference in the Treviso town of Oderzo recently said the 'vampire' cult is a “real and alarming social phenomenon”, especially in northern Italy, according to a report in Il Mattino di Padova. Bisetto, who is also a member of an interior ministry working group for the prevention of religious cults, said that the group had “taken root” and, until recently, even had a “headquarters” in an abandoned building. Bisetto’s claims are based on confessions by young Italians, who admitted to taking part in the initiation ritual that required "drinking the blood of their master". “It’s very difficult to study and monitor, but it certainly should not be underestimated,” Bisetto was quoted by Il Mattino di Padova as saying, adding that the capital of the cult in northern Italy is the city of Trieste. He said the "trend" originates from the United States, and finds “fertile ground” in places where there is family breakdown and social ill. In 2009, Italian researchers said they found the remains of what they believed was a female ‘vampire’ in Lazzaretto Nuovo in the Venice lagoon. The 'vampire' was said to have been buried with a brick between her jaws to prevent her from feeding off victims of the plague which spread through the city in the 16th century. In March, nine rabbits were found skinned and gutted in a cemetery in Vicenza, in what was believed to have been part of a Satanic ritual.

Italians' Life Expectancy On The Rise (IM) Italians are increasingly long-lived. That's according to the latest census by ISTAT (National Institute for Statistics), whose findings were disclosed by the Coldiretti agriculture association during National Week for the Prevention of Cancer (March 16-23). The data showed an increase of 138% in the number of Italian citizens over 100 in 10 years. There are now more than 15,000 centenarians in Italy. Life expectancy for women, constantly on the rise, is 84.5 years; the same can be said for men, who have a life expectancy of 79.4 years. Coldiretti pointed out that numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the crucial role played in longevity by the Mediterranean diet, declared a UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Unfortunately, however, Coldiretti also explained how one of the effects of the economic crisis is that Italian households have had to cut down significantly on the purchase of typical products of the Mediterranean diet, especially fish (-20%), pasta (-9%), extra virgin olive oil (-6%), fruit and vegetables (-3%).

Learn These Words in Italian!

English: white Italian: bianco English: red Italian: rosso English: yellow Italian: giallo English: orange Italian: arancione Colors: English: brown Part 1 Italian: marrone Have fun practicing your Italian! English: grey Italian: grigio Buona Fortuna!


By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Command career counselors and command career development teams are required to conduct quality Career Development Boards (CDB) to include properly documenting them in the Career Information Management System (CIMS), Navy leadership said April 17. The command master chief, chief of the boat, senior enlisted leader and the command career counselor team are critical focal points for career development initiatives within the command to include properly conducting CDBs. "Career Development Boards don't just benefit the Sailor and the command's mission, but also the leadership," said Master Chief Navy Counselor (SW/SCW/AW) Jake Brady, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) command career counselor. "CDBs help the chain of command learn more about the Sailor, what motivates them, their family needs, goals in life, and it shows the Sailors we truly do care about them." CDBs are required within 30 days of reporting, at 12 months on board, and every 12 months thereafter. CDBs may also be conducted for other reasons such as Career Waypoint decisions, requesting special programs, commissioning programs, advancement, highyear tenure, or by request of the Sailor. "Every career counselor in the Navy should be pushing their career development teams to be using the Individual Career Development Plan (ICDP) from CIMS," said Brady. "The next time the Sailor has a CDB, the leadership can then review past goals, gauge the Sailor's progression, and counsel accordingly." Many tools are available to career counselors to assist with the use, function and support of CIMS. The "5-Tip Series" of user aids cover a variety of helpful information to use CIMS effectively. Additional reference guides, tutorials, "How Tos," and instructions are available at under the Career Info/Career Counseling tab. Additional information can be found in the Navy Retention & Career Development Program (OPNAVINST 1040.11D) and the Career Counselor Handbook (NAVPERS 15878K).

SECNAV to Host Live All hands Call By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stuart Phillips

FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus will address Sailors and Marines during a live, global all hands call April 29, at 9:30 a.m. EST. The 60-minute broadcast will allow the SECNAV to talk with and answer questions from a world-wide Navy and Marine Corps audience via satellite, social media, Skype, in-studio participation and telephone. The broadcast will be

carried live on the Direct to Sailor network (DTS), AFN Pacific, The Pentagon Channel (on-air and web),, and the Navy Live Blog. Questions can be submitted in advance to usntownhall@, SECNAV, and www.facebook. com/SecretaryoftheNavy. Any questions not answered during the hour-long session will be addressed at a later date on http://

Stepping up to prevent sexual assault BY VICE ADM. MICHELLE HOWARD Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5) The U.S. Navy focuses on sexual assault prevention and awareness all throughout the year, but April is deemed Sexual Assault Awareness month. This month gives us an opportunity to emphasize what we all can do to prevent sexual assault in our Navy. The following blog highlights how a small act of intervention can have a positive life-changing impact on Sailors. I count among my heroes an anonymous Officer of the Deck. He’s a real person, but I don’t know his name. In fact, I know very little about him. I’m fairly sure that he was in the Navy during World War II and that he is (or more likely was) white. Please bear with me, his race is important to this story. More importantly is that the anonymous OOD had moral courage to step in when wrong was being done. Years ago, I met LCDR Wesley Brown, USN, retired. He was the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949. We met infrequently at events or sat on history panels together. He talked to me of his experiences at Annapolis and his years in the Navy. All I can say is that I wish I had his grace. We can easily forget how arduous life was in the 1940s. Our social norms were completely different. Our country was segregated and states had varying degrees of Jim Crow laws. In Maryland that included segregated transportation (public conveyance), to interracial marriage, a white person could not marry someone who was of third or less descent from a Negro. The condition was “forever prohibited”. Then Midshipman Brown started Annapolis in 1945. He was the sixth Black man to attempt to get through the school, and the first to endure the hazing and to make it to graduation. I think how die- hard the Officers and the brigade of midshipmen had to be over the first century of the institution. West Point’s first African American graduate was in 1877. Wesley had a room of his own because no one would room with him. That meant he had no one to rely on for four years. He told me and others that he

thought about quitting every day. But he also shared a story of hope. He recalled getting up early one morning to get his room ready for inspection. He rushed back from class to present his room, and he was stunned. The room had been trashed. He felt his world reeling, and did not think he could take any more. Then the Officer of the Deck showed up. Wesley came to attention. There was silence. And Silence. The Officer of the Deck looked around. He finally spoke. “Midshipman Brown, I suspect this room did not look like this this morning.” Wesley said, “No Sir.” With a carry on, the Officer of the Deck departed. Wesley felt shaken with relief. He went to bed thinking about what had happened, and by the next morning, decided he could make it through at least one more day. From the first time I heard this story, I have continued to think about the anonymous Officer of the Deck. Every colleague, every midshipman, except Wesley looked like him. There had to be pressure or worse still, a presumption of righteousness in conspiring to get Wesley to quit. In one simple act, the OOD broke ranks. In doing the right thing, he may have incurred hostility or censorship from his friends and the campus wardroom. The pressure would not have just been from the school, his workplace, it was probably in the local community. The Officer of the Deck demonstrated our core value of courage and in a few words set a wrong right. I believe that was at some cost. We do not have his side of the story, so we don’t know if there was more that he did. We do know that his one act made a difference in Wesley’s life. I know that meeting and talking with LCDR Wesley Brown, made a difference in my life. April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. We should consider the Officer of the Deck and his taking on a wrong. Let us remember him and the gift of example that he gives us. Should the opportunity to act come our way, we must have the courage to do the right thing.

Russian aircraft flies near Navy ship in Black Sea BY JIM GARAMONE

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12, a Pentagon spokesman said today. The USS Cook was patrolling in the western Black Sea when an unarmed Russian Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the Navy ship, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. "The aircraft did not respond to multiple queries and warnings from Donald Cook, and the event ended without incident after approximately 90 minutes," Warren said. "This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries." Two Russian aircraft were present, but only one took part in the provocative actions, Warren said. The aircraft flew from near sea level to a couple of thousand feet, he added, but never overflew the U.S. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. "The Russian plane made a total of 12 passes," he said. The wingman stayed at a considerably higher altitude, Warren said. Officials later said the aircraft approached within about 1,000 yards of the ship. The USS Cook was never in danger, Warren said. "The Donald Cook is more than capable of defending itself against two Su-24s," the colonel said. Warren said he does not think this is an example of a young pilot joyriding. "I would have difficulty believing that two Russian pilots, on their own, would chose to take such an action," he said. "We've seen the Russians conduct themselves unprofessionally and in violation of international norms in Ukraine for several months, and these continued acts of provocation and unprofessionalism do nothing to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, which we called on the Russians to do." The Cook arrived in the Black Sea on April 10. The ship is now making a port call in Constanta, Romania.



Egg-Stravaganza PHOTOS AND STORY BY MC3 CAMERON BRAMHAM NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily – Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella MWR teamed up with Pizzarotti, an Italian company that owns Marinai Housing Complex for the annual Egg-Stravagnaza Easter egg hunt Saturday at Marinai. “This year we did the event a little differently by partnering with Pizzarotti,” MWR Sigonella Community Activities Director Marijo Gaudette said. “We also had a strong number of volunteers from the NAS Sigonella and U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) as well.” Even though the Easter egg hunt was the main event, MWR Sigonella and Pizzarotti officials put together many other events including Italian food vendors, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and photo sessions with the Easter bunny. “I look forward to doing this event every year,” Sigonella School Liaison Officer, Chris McKibbin said. “To see the smile on the kids face that were able to go grab an egg was just magical and very cool.” Hundreds of NAS Sigonella children took part in the Easter egg hunt where they could grab as many eggs as they could fit in their basket or bag. Some eggs had golden tickets inside for extra prizes and there were five separate age groups so kids could find eggs with kids their own age.

For those who volunteered during EggStravagnaza, the event gave them a way to connect to the families of Marinai and enjoy events that remind them of home. “It was great to help support the Easter events today,” said Kendra Velazquez, CSADD volunteer. “Being overseas away from our families we’re all we have out here so we need to help each other out and it’s great to help the families out and see all of the kids running around and having fun.” Egg-Stravagnaza officials also believe MWR Sigonella events really help the people in the NAS Sigonella community come together and celebrate holidays and events like they would back home. “It brings back a little bit of Americana,” McKibbin said. “So being able to come out here on a beautiful, sunny, Sigonella day and enjoy the hours that we had out here was special.” Overall, the day brought smiles, laughter and all-around fun to the NAS Sigonella community and Egg-Stravganza officials said they couldn’t have imagined a better turn out. “I think events like Egg-Stravagnaza is a great time to get together and celebrate spring,” Gaudette said. “The event went really well and we had perfect weather today. We couldn’t be happier to provide this event for the community.”

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U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella CSADD praised by local media


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School Age Care participates in first responders demonstration BY MARIA DUMANLANG MWR Sigonella

Members of CSADD man the NAS 2 gate on a Friday to encourage making safe decisions. (U.S. Navy Photo Illustration by Hospitalman Jasper Seisa/Released) BY HM2(FMF) MATTHEW CLUTTER U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella

Hospital Corpsman 2nd class Mikhail Skrypchyk (right) spots Hospital Corpsman 3rd class Michael Kowalski during an exercise that simulates the effects of excessive alcohol use during the CSADD "Keep What You Earned Challenge." The event is ran quarterly and brings awareness to safe and responsible alcohol use. (U.S. Navy Photo by Hospitalman Jasper Seisa/ Released)

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Since its inception in 2013, U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) has wasted no time in making an impact throughout the base community. Now, that impact has been felt outside the gates. Sicily’s most circulated daily newspaper, La Sicilia, reported on the group’s April 12 painting project at a school in Paterno, during which CSADD volunteers painted a rail for De Sanctis High School. “The hospital routinely does ‘COMREL’ events in the local community because the Navy wants to consistently give back to its host nation,” HM2 Mikhail Skrypchyk, CSADD Events Coordinator, told Paterno-based television station Ciak Telesud. “However, this was the first event we’ve done as CSADD in the local community.” In addition to the television coverage, CSADD was also featured on the official website of the town of Motta Sant’Anastasia for its involvement in a cleanup project in Piazza Mercato. According to USNH Sigonella CSADD advocate CS2 Lord Ryan Paragas, the group’s community involvement is right in line with the CSADD mission, not to mention another sign of growth in an already growing coalition. “Every member of USNH CSADD is willing to help Sailors and the community to build camaraderie and set a good example for everyone to follow,” Paragas said. That philosophy serves as the foundation for CSADD. According to Paragas, the

coalition’s mission is to help Sailors in making life decisions that will maintain positive lifestyles in keeping with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment. If that means promoting alcohol awareness by manning the NAS I and NAS II gates on a Friday afternoon to encourage good decision-making before the weekend starts, then so be it. Or perhaps you were one of the 50 or so attendees at the group’s recent “Lunch and Learn” event aimed at promoting healthy nutrition options. There’s also the AFN radio commercial the group did for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It’s all part of an ever-growing group of individuals whose aim is to make a positive impact in the community. The hospital’s CSADD chapter currently has 38 members and counting, enough for Paragas to send teams of people to multiple sites in the community. The growth in the hospital’s CSADD chapter is a far cry from its initial inception back in July 2013. When the group was in its early stages, Paragas could count its members on one hand. That beginning seed soon blossomed quickly, though, into what it is today: a group large enough to make an impact in a community whose local media doesn’t even speak the same language. Whether it’s painting a local high school, cleaning up a church, or serving Sailors healthy green shakes for St. Patrick’s Day, any involvement with CSADD seems to be the wisest decision of all.

Friday, April 25 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Sausage, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Pancake. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Lemon Baked Fish, Meat Loaf, Mushroom Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower, Carrots, Cake. Speed line: Grilled Chicken Breast, French Fries. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Chicken Parmesan, Baked Tuna Noodles, Fried Rice, Cabbage, Cake.

Tuesday, April 29 *Breakfast: Farina, Ham Sliced, Baked Sausage Patties, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles. *Speed line: Chili Dog, Macaroni & Cheese. *Lunch: Asian Stir Fry Soup, Chicken Adobo, Sweet & Sour Pork, Chinese Fried Rice, Egg Foo Young, Oriental Fried Cabbage, Simmered Corn Kernel, Dinner Rolls, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Pie. *Dinner: Onion Soup, Pasta Alforno, Cream Style Corn, Italian Sausage, Steamed Rice, Baked Hubbard Squash, Cookies.

Saturday, April 26 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Pancakes, Pastries. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Baked Chicken, Hash Brown Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Cookies. *Dinner: Broccoli Soup, Pizza, Fishwich, Peas, Corn, Cookies.

Wednesday, April 30 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Beef, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Home Fried Potatoes, Pancakes. *Lunch: Mulligatawny Soup, Roast Turkey, Spaghetti w/ Fish Sauce, Steamed Rice, Chicken Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Cauliflower, Cake. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken noodles soup, Baked Fish w/Cherry Tomato, Pasta alla Carbonara, Steamed Rice, Green Beans, Cake.

Sunday, April 27 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Beef, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Onion Soup, Roast Beef, Hash Brown Potatoes, Steamed Brussels Sprouts. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Chicken Parmesan, Penne Americana, Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower Polonaise, Cake.

Thursday, May 1 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Lasagna, Hungarian Goulash, Rice Pilaf, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Steamed Asparagus, Peas & Carrots, Cake. *Speed line: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, B.B.Q. Chicken, Farfalle Alfredo, Steamed Rice, Seasoned Carrots, Cake.

Monday, April 28 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Italian Roasted Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: Cream of potato Soup, Lemon Baked Fish, Pasta Alfredo, Tossed Green Rice, Fresh Carrots, Broccoli, Cake. *Speed line: Pizza. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Spaghetti w/ Meat Balls, Baked Chicken, Collard Greens, Cake.

Friday, May 2 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Ham Sliced, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Stuffed Baked Fish, Mess Lords Meat Loaf, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Cauliflower, Cookies. *Speed line: Chicken Patties Sandwich, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Cream Of Mushroom Soup, Cantonese Spareribs, Spaghetti w/ Fish Sauce, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Whole Corn, Cookies.

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - On April 8, Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella's first responders came together for a special demonstration for the children of School Age Care (SAC). SAC offers before and after school programs as well as day camps for Sigonella children actively attending kindergarten to 12 years of age. School Age Care provides programming geared toward both social recreation and structured fun. A program offered under Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP), SAC is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America and 4-H. School Age Care offers six core values, in which weekly programming is built upon. These core values include Character and Leadership, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, Sports Fitness and Recreation, and Technology. Groups at the First Responders event included the Military Working Dog Division, the Hospital’s Emergency Department, and the Fire Department. During the demonstration, the children were taught about the protocols and procedures of Emergency Responders during an emergency situation. Being the first people children and adults see during such events, children were equipped with the knowledge to allow these men and women to respond to emergencies safely and quickly. “It’s important for the kids to feel comfortable with them.” said Amber Wolf, CYP Education Leader, when speaking on the importance of preparing children ahead of time. Security provided a military working dog demonstration, where Military Working Dogs Nitro and Rino, and their handlers Master-at-Arms 3rd Class greg Fox and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Matthew

Exclusive Godzilla Sneak Peak

For the first time, Midtown 2 Theaters will feature an exclusive sneak peak of the upcoming movie, Godzilla. This free showing will take place on Sunday, May 11th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets will be released at the theater ticket booth on NAS 1 and Take 5 on NAS II at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3rd. Limit 4 tickets per U.S. adult ID holder. Bring your mother to the movie and she will get a free movie pass to use at a later time. Customers without a ticket will be allowed entry to the movie on space availability only.

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Wednesday, April 30 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Friday, April 25 2:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Sea of Monstors Draft Day Mr. Peabody & Sherman The Winter Soldier Sabotage

Saturday, April 26 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Transcendence Rio 2 The Winter Soldier 3D Noah Sabotage

Sunday, April 27 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Rio 2 3D Muppets Most Wanted Need for Speed Transcendence Rise of an Empire 3D

Tuesday, April 29

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Pellegrino put on a patrol demonstration. Master-atArms 1st Class Tara Ware, LPO of the Military Working Dog Division, expressed the importance of doing these demonstrations for Sigonella’s youth. In addition to detection, military working dogs also work patrol. Ware explained the benefit gained by the children from taking part in the demonstration stated, “[We] create awareness for them so they can see both sides. [We] save lives and catch the bad guy.” Corpsmen for the Hospital’s Emergency Department educated the children on various emergency scenarios and how they are able to help, not only themselves but friends and family. The children were delighted to learn about the plethora of equipment that the Hospital utilizes and the Corpsmen responded positively to the numerous inquiries. Lastly, the Fire Department greeted School Age Care with their beloved mascots Luca and Sparky. Children learned about fire truck operation, including experiencing hands-on how to operate the fire hose. Both informative and helpful, the First Responders Demonstration proved a wonderful learning experience for the youth in Sigonella. “We are all thankful that we have such amazing men and women serving our great country, and ... to educate our youth!” Wolf explains. All experienced educators, the staff at SAC hold a variety of undergraduate and graduate level degrees in education related fields. Not only are the employees both educated and qualified, they each can attest to the joy they gain from working with children on a daily basis. For more information on the School Age Care program call 624-3712.

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Muppets Most Wanted Single Mom's Club The Winter Soldier 3D Rise of an Empire

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The Winter Soldier Mr. Peabody 3D Need For Speed Sabotage

Thursday, May 1 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Noah Mr. Peabody & Sherman Transcendence Divergent

Friday, May 2 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Amazing Spiderman 2 Transcendence Amazing Spiderman 2 3D The Winter Soldier

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2:00 PM Rio 2 3D G 2:30 PM Draft Day PG-13 4:30 PM Sabotage R 5:00 PM Grand Budapest Hotel R 7:30 PM Amazing Spiderman 2 3D PG-13

Sunday, May 4 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 2D & 3D ... PG-13 STARRING: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life. (142 m.) CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER 2D & 3D ... PG-13 STARRING: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America. (124 m.) DRAFT DAY ... PG-13 STARRING: Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman The General Manager of the Cleveland Browns struggles to acquire the number one draft pick for his team. (110 m.) GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL ... R STARRING: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. (100 m.) MUPPETS MOST WANTED ... PG-13 STARRING: Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. (113 m.) NEED FOR SPEED ... PG-13 STARRING: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. (124 m.) NOAH ... PG-13 STARRING: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins A man is chosen by God to undertake a mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. (138 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. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes up against the vengeful Nigel, & meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law. (101 m.) SABOTAGE ... R STARRING: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down. (109m)

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2013 Shore Sailor of the Year Announced U.S. 6th Fleet Commander visits Patrol Squadron 9


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By Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON (NNS) - The vice chief of naval operations (VCNO) announced the winner of the Navy Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony at the Pentagon, April 18. Adm. Mark Ferguson announced Cryptologic Technician Collections 1st Class Patricia Madigan of Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii, as this year's winner. Madigan received a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal at the ceremony and will be meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer (CPO) later this year. Joining Madigan as finalists were Aviation Ordnanceman Anthony Artino, commander, Task Force 67, Sigonella, Sicily; Builder 1st Class Deanna Dimeo, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five, Port Hueneme, Calif; Cryptologic Technician Collections James Lee, Jr., Center for Information Dominance Detachment, San Diego; and Master-at-Arms 1st Class Clinton Peterson, Commander Fleet Activities, Sasebo, Japan. Each of the candidates received a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal from the VCNO during the ceremony. "These Sailors exemplify our Navy core values," said Ferguson. "When we look into the faces of these nominees, we see a reflection of excellence." Shortly after graduating from high school, Madigan reported to Recruit Training Command,

Great Lakes for Basic Training. Upon completion, she reported to NTTC Corry Station for CTR "A" school. Her first tour of duty was NSGA Menwith Hill, in Harrogate England. Follow-on tours included NSGA Kunia, USS Normandy (CG 60), USS Porter (DDG 78), and Center for Information Dominance Learning Site San Diego. Madigan said dedication and perspective are what has defined her career up to this point. "Not every day is the best day, but every day is an incredible opportunity to serve," said Madigan. "It is a tremendous honor to represent my command. This is a great but also humbling experience. No one gets here alone." "Congratulations to our nominees," said Ferguson. "We are a better Navy because you chose to serve." Adm. Elmo Zumwalt initiated the Sailor of the Year program in 1972, to recognize the outstanding Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Sailors. The following year, the Shore Sailor of the Year program was introduced. Each year, every Navy ship, station and command around the world chooses its Sailor of the Year based on leadership, professionalism dedication, and superior performance. These selectees compete against recipients from other commands competing at higher and higher echelons until the Navy's four finest are chosen and only one selected as the Navy Shore SOY.

Vice Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. 6th Fleet, center, tours a P-3C Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released) By Patrol Squadron 9 Public Affairs

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily (NNS) - The commander of U.S. 6th Fleet was welcomed aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella during a recent trip to Sicily, April 17. In addition to a tour of base facilities, Vice Adm. Phil Davidson met with the leadership of Task Force 67 and the "Golden Eagles," of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9. CTF 67 is responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa areas of operations. Davidson conducted an all-hands call to speak with personnel from VP-9, as well as Sailors from CTF 67, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Depot (AIMD) Sigonella and Mobile Tactical Operations Center 7. He commended the group on their outstanding record of mission accomplishment while speaking on the importance of their deployment to the Mediterranean. "I could not be more pleased with the performance of the entire CTF 67, VP-9, and AIMD Sigonella team," said Davidson. "The Golden Eagles' operations in two theaters - AFRICOM and EUCOM - plays a key role assuring our allies and maintaining security and stability in this part of the globe. We are incredibly fortunate in the United States to have Sailors like you at the tip of the spear."

Both aircrew and maintainers appreciated an opportunity to showcase their platform and their professional knowledge. Davidson and his staff visited the squadron's spaces and received a tour of a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. The group also received hands-on anti-submarine warfare simulator training in the PACT-3 trainer. "I think it's great that Vice Adm. Davidson and his staff took the time to visit with the squadron and address the current issues affecting us in this area of operations," said Lt. j.g. Eugene Soto. "To have the commander of 6th Fleet come out and visit us is something special." VP-9 is assigned to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The squadron consists of 71 officers and 276 enlisted personnel who maintain and operate eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. VP-9 is currently on a scheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.






Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Patricia H. Madigan receives a NavyMarine Corps commendation medal from Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III after winning the 2013 Navy Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) competition at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Thomas L. Rosprim/Released)


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Energy Independence and the Warfighter BY REAR ADM. JON WHITE Oceanographer & Navigator of the Navy, Director Task Force Climate Change The loss of seasonal sea ice in the Arctic will have ramifications for the U.S. Navy in terms of future missions, force structure, training and investments. To get a better handle on planning for future Arctic missions, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert asked me to provide an unambiguous assessment of how ice coverage will change in the Arctic and how human activity in the Arctic will change in response to decreased ice coverage and other factors. To understand this challenge, let me give you a little background. Thirty years ago, 35% of Arctic sea ice was two to four meters thick and did not significantly diminish during the summer melt season. This thick, hard multi-year ice restricted access to the Arctic Ocean, and made the region less than attractive to commercial interests, or surface security forces for that matter. Submarines were able to sail under the ice, and were the only naval vessels that routinely went to the high latitudes. Today, much of the perennial ice is gone and the Arctic Ocean is covered with younger firstyear ice that is thinner and more vulnerable to melt during the Arctic summer. This young ice is also easier to break, making the region even more accessible for ships with ice-strengthened hulls. First-year sea ice begins to melt in the Arctic in late March, with a minimum sea ice extent achieved annually in September.

Sea ice then begins to accrue until it reaches a maximum in midMarch and the cycle repeats. In September 2012, a record minimum was observed in which sea ice covered less than four million square kilometers of the total 14.1 million square kilometers that comprise the Arctic Ocean. While the September 2013 sea ice extent minimum was higher than 2012 at 5.3 million square kilometers, it was still significantly less than the thirty year observed mean of 6.27 million square kilometers and was the sixth lowest on record. In response to the CNO’s tasking, we assembled an interagency team of Arctic experts from various Navy offices, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Ice Center, the U.S. Coast Guard, and academia. As a final review of the team’s conclusions, a panel of national experts from the Naval Studies Board, a component of the National Research Council of the National Academies, validated the methodology and supported the team’s assessment. The team reviewed the scientific literature on current Arctic sea-ice projections and agreed to use three scientific approaches described in an article published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. (Overland, J. and M. Wang (2013), “When will the summer Arctic be nearly sea ice free?” (Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 20972101, doi:10.1002/ grl.50316).

To capture the intent of this assessment, we characterized sea ice in terms of its areal coverage and consequent impact on the availability of four sea passages associated with the Arctic. We also use the World Meteorological Organization’s metric “open water,” which is defined as up to 10% of sea ice concentration with no ice of land origin (e.g., icebergs). These waters are navigable by any open ocean vessel capable of operating in northern latitudes without ice breaker escort. Additionally, when considering “shoulder seasons,” period of time prior to and after open water periods, the team adopted sea ice concentration between 10%-40% of sea ice as its benchmark. This 40% figure corresponds with current depictions of the Marginal Ice Zone, available through sources such as the National/Naval Ice Center. Vessels operating during shoulder seasons will require at least minimal ice-hardening and will require icebreaker escort. Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) is submerged after surfacing through two feet of drifting ice about 180 nautical miles off the north coast of Alaska. For the near-term, defined as present to 2020, current trends are expected to continue, with major waterways becoming increasingly open. By 2020, the Bering Strait (BS) is expected to see open water conditions approximately 160 days per year, with another 35 to

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APRIL 25, 2014



Vice Adm. Davidson visits NAS Sigonella

Air Terminal barriers get facelift

Vice Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. 6th Fleet, right, talks with Commander, Task Force 67 Capt. Michael McClintock, center, and Task Force 67 Command Master Chief Michael Davis during a base tour aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, April 17. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis/ Released)

Members of the NAS Sigonella Chief Petty Officer's Association (CPOA) paint the barrier in front of the Air Terminal. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Yeoman Matthew Leibfreid/Released)

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) is submerged after surfacing through two feet of ice during ICEX-07, a U.S. Navy and Royal Navy exercise conducted on and under a drifting ice floe about 180 nautical miles off the north coast of Alaska. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shawn P. Eklund (RELEASED) 45 days of shoulder season. The Northern Sea Route (NSR) will experience around 30 days of open water conditions, also with up to 45 days of shoulder season conditions. Analysis suggests that the reliable navigability of other routes is limited in this timeframe. The mid-term period, from 2020 to 2030, will see increasing levels of ice melt and increasingly open Arctic waters. By 2025, we predict that the BS will see up to 175 days of open water (with 50-60 days of shoulder season.) These figures increase to 190 days of open water (and up to 70 days of shoulder season) by 2030. For the NSR, we predict up to 45 days of open water (with 5060 days of shoulder season) by 2025, increasing to 50-60 days of open water by 2030 (with up to 35 days of shoulder season conditions). This period will begin to see greater accessibility of the Trans-Polar Route (TPR), which is forecast to be open for up to 45 days annually, with 60-70 days of shoulder season. Reliable navigability of the Northwest

Passage (NWP) remains limited in this timeframe. The limited depth and narrow passages within the NWP make it an extremely challenging transit route, even during total open water conditions. In the far-term, beyond 2030, environmental conditions are expected to support even greater and more reliable maritime presence in the region. Major waterways are predicted to be consistently open for longer periods, with a significant increase in traffic over the summer months. The NSR and TPR should be navigable 130 days per year, with open water passage up to 75 days per year. By 2030, the NWP is still expected to be open for only brief periods. This assessment establishes the timeframe in which the Navy will prepare for expected increased activity in the Arctic region, and informs the update to the Navy’s Arctic Roadmap, a strategic approach to Navy’s future engagement in this growing ocean which supports maritime strategic crossroads.

NGIS receives Admiral Zumwalt award

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis, left, presents the 5-star Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for Excellence in Lodging Management to Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) Sigonella General Manager Aprile Cason, center, and Operations Manager Anna Longo during a grand opening ceremony for the Duomo Conference Center aboard NAS Sigonella, April 16. NGIS was also celebrating an employee appreciation day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis/Released)


NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - The cement barriers and planters outside the Naval Air Station (NAS)) Sigonella Air Terminal got a facelift April 18. The clean-up was courtesy of the NAS Sigonella Chief Petty Officer’s Association (CPOA). The barriers, previously white, are now a shade of khaki thanks to the NAS Sigonella CPOA. “It’s the first thing you see when you come on base,” said Chief Builder Danny Redman, from Public Works Department. “Chiefs set the example so our Sailors should take pride in their spaces, beautify them and take better care of what we have,” he said. With resources becoming harder to come by, organizations like the NAS Sigonella CPOA are helping to meet base wide standards and needs. Team lead Chief Aviation Boatsweain’s Mate (Handling) Aaron Foster from Fire and Emergency Services said it’s important to help out the community you live in, whether that be on base or in the local towns. “COMRELs are not just out in town,” Foster said. “We need to take care of our own Sigonella community, too.” The chiefs were able to finish preping, painting, and the cleanup in one morning and their efforts give each person driving on base or coming through the terminal a great first impression of NAS Sigonella. Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Carmelo Tricomi from Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment summed it up by saying “It’s all about giving back to the community.” The CPOA demonstrated what a little enthusiasm, elbow grease and camaraderie can do to make life a little better for everyone here in Sigonella.



APRIL 25, 2014

"The Signature" April 25, 2014  
"The Signature" April 25, 2014  

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