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May 30, 2014

Vol. 31 No. 21

'Just remember that there was a war' By Shawn Miller Naval District Washington Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Three World War I-era British biplanes dipped their wings as they flew over a graveyard near Eureka, Kansas, saluting a bygone comrade as the late pilot's young nephew looked up in wonder. "I decided right there that's what I was going to do," said Maj. (Ret.) Albert Grasselli, coolly sipping a martini as he reminisced on his days as a Marine Corps aviator and that day 90 years ago when it all began. Realizing his dream of becoming a pilot would not be so easy, however. "I would eventually become a pilot, but little did I know how many mountains I would have to climb first," Grasselli wrote in a memoir. That climb and the journey after in the Marines took Grasselli to highs and lows through battles from Pearl Harbor and Midway in World War II to the Chosin Reservoir campaign in Korea, as well as calmer adventures flying with pilots and friends who would have a deep impact on his life. Grasselli tried to apply for the Army Air Corps in 1938 at age 18, but was told he was too young and, at more than six feet, too tall. In 1940, he tried for the Navy's

aviation program, but failed an eye test by a tiny margin. A recruiter next door guaranteed Grasselli an aviation career if he would enlist in the Marine Corps. After a tumultuous boot camp experience, Grasselli found himself stationed in San Diego with a Marine Air Group, only as an aerial photographer instead of a pilot. Still, he was working his way closer. January 1941 found Grasselli sailing to Oahu with a group of Marines charged with building up an airfield that would become Ewa Marine Air Base, located several miles west of Pearl Harbor-directly between the U.S. Pacific fleet and a looming Japanese force. After months of building and preparations, the small base was becoming livable. Grasselli had been taking classes at the University of Hawaii, and on December 6, went out to celebrate the end of the semester. "George Temple, who was Shirley Temple's brother, he and I had been out to Waikiki that night," Grasselli recalled. "We got back about 4 o'clock in the morning and I didn't bother to take my clothes off because Reveille's usually about 5 o'clock."

Falling asleep fully dressed with his rifle, he soon got interrupted as the war began. "I heard all this noise outside and I thought the Air Corps was getting revenge on us for something and waking us up on a Sunday morning, but then the airplanes started blowing up," he said. "It was the first time I'd ever been shot at, so I was a little afraid. But these airplanes came down so low; the pilots were smiling at us and that really got to me." Grasselli and the Ewa Marines grabbed their rifles and broke out ammunition-still packed in munitions boxesand began trying to defend their small base as waves of Japanese aircraft passed overhead. "They hit us first because we had 40 aircraft and they had to pass over our base to get to the Navy ships," Grasselli said. "We just grabbed our rifles and started shooting at the airplanes. We shot one down. It's pretty hard to hit an airplane with an '03." All 40 aircraft soon lay destroyed, and Grasselli and another Marine huddle in a hastily-made fighting

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'Consciousness of duty, faithfully performed' By Shawn Miller Naval District Washington Public Affairs

USS Yorktown (CV-5) being abandoned by her crew after she was hit by two Japanese type 91 aerial torpedos June, 4, 1942. Note oil slick surrounding the damaged carrier, and inflatable raft being deployed off her stern. (Official U.S. Navy photo, National Archives)

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The night before the Battle of Midway in June 1942, a small group of torpedo plane pilots gathered in then-Ensign Jack Crawford's room aboard the USS Yorktown, and along with Crawford's pilot roommate, toasted one another with drinks of torpedo alcohol and grapefruit. "Only after the battle did it strike me," Crawford said, remembering that night nearly 72 years ago. "No torpedo plane that flew from the Yorktown ever came back. They had to have died knowing they were going to, because they weren't well enough equipped." Even at 95, age has done little to slow down Crawford, who went on to a long career as a pioneer in the Navy's burgeoning nuclear program before retiring as a captain. A self-professed "amateur student of history," Crawford remains a tireless advocate for recognizing the historic significance of the Battle of Midway. Headed for trouble. Graduating from an accelerated class at the U.S. Naval Academy in December 1941, Crawford originally received orders to the USS Oklahoma stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Only days before his graduation, the Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack. Instead, he attended radar school before receiving orders to the aircraft carrier Yorktown. Crawford said he arrived at Pearl Harbor in May 1942 only to discover that the Yorktown was in the Battle of the Coral Sea, so he was assigned as an assistant to a lieutenant on base. When the heavily-damaged Yorktown returned to Pearl Harbor for repairs, Crawford was unhappy with his situation and eager to get to sea. Acting on a tip that the Yorktown would soon be repaired and underway the following day, Crawford followed a frustrated captain until he got his detachment orders signed. "He said, 'Son, if I were you, I'd recognize you're heading for trouble if you keep doing business this way in the Navy,'" Crawford said. "I just listened to the lecture and grabbed my pen and took off and I got aboard at 10 o'clock that night, and the next morning we're back out of the drydock." New to the ship, Crawford was assigned to be junior officer of the deck. Standing watch at 4 a.m. on the morning of June 4, 1942, he was one of

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May 30, 2014


It's PRT time in Sigonella!

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Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis Buon giorno Sigonella! I hope everyone enjoyed the extended Memorial Day weekend. I am happy to report I actually left the island and was able to unwind a bit. It is important for all of us to take time when we can to reconnect with our family, friends, and selves. Also, it is worth repeating by virtue of where we live, NONE OF US MAY EVER AGAIN HAVE A BETTER OPPORTUNITY to see such a diverse collection of countries, cultures, and histories. So much is accessible within and from Sicily. One thing constant in military life is change. A change happening now is in the office of Base Executive Officer. Departed is Cmdr. Eric Vosler, soon to be followed by his wife, Michelle, and their children, Hanna, Rachel, Katie and Andrew. What a terrific family! Each and every Vosler has made significant contributions to our community and they will be missed. I personally thank them for their service to Sigonella and our citizens. Among many positive contributions, Eric and Michelle were very active with DODDS, and each child has been a standout Knight or Jaguar. Cmdr. Vosler poured tremendous energy into our community with Sigonella’s seamless support of the coalition Operation Odyssey Dawn as his hallmark. Fair winds and following seas Famiglia Vosler, you will be missed.

Change also brings opportunity. Sigonella’s new Base XO is Cmdr. Charles McKinney. Joining Charles is his wife, Daniela, and their terrific daughter, Alexandra. Alexandra is already fully involved in our Sigonella school and I recently had the pleasure to hear her play flute at the Spring MidHigh School Choral/Band Show. The McKinneys are not new to NAS Sigonella. Cmdr. McKinney, an MH-53E pilot, has twice previously been stationed in Sigonella with the former Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FOUR (HC4), and Daniela is a Sicilian native and former base employee. It is my great privilege to welcome back the McKinneys. I am excited for our partnership in Sigonella, and to learn much more about the fabulous Sicilian and Italian cultures that are so gracious and generous. Finally, I want to warmly congratulate all of the greater NAS Sigonella community newly frocked petty officers. As I said during Wednesday’s promotion ceremony, each of us in born into the Navy with the expectation that we are inherently responsible for ourselves and responsible for one another. Being promoted, however, is about privilege – the privilege of increased responsibility. Going up in

rank is the Navy’s way of telling you and the world your responsibilities beyond yourself are continuing to expand - the buck stops with you more often. Sigonella, our Nation, and our Navy, needs you, our newest Petty Officers to shoulder much more responsibility for the protection of our Constitution, and this includes helping those that will follow in your footsteps. For the rest of us not promoted, let’s rededicate ourselves to the responsibilities already bestowed upon us and push to better ourselves and our community each and every day. Sigonella – work hard, be honest, make smart decisions

Sailors attached to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) participate in the 2014 Cycle I Physical Readiness Test (PRT) May 22, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. The PRT is a biannual physical assessment test consisting of pushups, curl ups and a 1.5-mile timed run. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Bramham/Released)

Public Works volunteers help Mascalucia Sanctuary prepare for pilgrimage

Effective Sunday July 13, worship times will shift to the following schedule -- Roman Catholic at 9 a.m.; Traditional Protestant Worship at 11 a.m. (with Protestant Sunday School at 10 a.m.). There will be no change to the Saturday Evening Contemporary Service time.

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES 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

Splat Art in Contemporary Worship NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - On Saturday, June 7, Marc Eckel will perform splat art as part of the Contemporary Worship Service at NAS 1 Chapel at 6:30 p.m. Splat Experience is a Christian performance art ministry headquartered in northern Indiana. For the last 12 years the ministry has performed its unique worshipthemed painting presentations in churches, schools, music festivals, conferences, conventions, and has toured with the highly acclaimed Christian band, Casting Crowns. The ministry's two-fold calling is to encourage worship in the church and to spread the Good News. Marc Eckel has been involved in tours throughout Sicily, Italy, the Philippines, and Ireland. As part of this outreach event, local missionary Giuseppe Collesano will be the guest speaker for the worship service. All are invited to this unique worship experience, especially youth and children. For more information on this worship event, you may contact NAS 1 Chapel at 624-3975.

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Explore who you are in the present; Understand how the past has shaped you; Ponder for action what kind of person you choose to be as you face the future. Participants are challenged and empowered to develop skills to enhance their sense of well-being in the Physical, Psychological, Emotional, and Spiritual dimensions. This retreat will be offered June 27-29 at Hotel Management SPA Ornella Laneri. Contact RMD for registration at: DSN: 624-3975 or Email:

Career Technical Training Track offered by FFSC

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - The first Career Technical Training Track (CTTT) is set to launch on June 17-18 from 8 a.m. -4 p.m. The CTTT is a two-day class designed for transitioning service members who want to learn more about pursuing a technical career after the military. The CTTT will help you define your technical career goals, identify required credentials, find career technical training opportunities and show you how to utilize your VA education benefits. This is a free, two day class sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, so don't miss out on this opportunity! Contact the Fleet and Family Support Center today at 624-4291 to register for this class and get assistance for all of your questions related to technical careers after your service in the military.

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Religious Ministries Department Notice

ROMAN CATHOLIC Sunday ■ 8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel)


Personal Resilience Retreat sponsored by CREDO



May 30, 2014

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 Tuesday at 7 p.m (Classroom at NAS 1 Chapel)

■ AA Meetings: MONDAY at 5:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) second deck; THURSDAY at 7 p.m. (NAS II Chapel) NAS Sigonella Religious Ministries Department Facebook page: 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

MASCALUCIA, Sicily - About twenty sailors from the NAS Sigonella Public Works Department helped the Santuario Arcidiocesano di Catania "Madonna della Sciara" (sanctuary) prepare for this weekend's pilgrimage which annually attracts thousands of devotees on Wednesday, May 21. The group of American service members, who joined forces with local volunteers were welcomed by the Mayor of Mascalucia and Father Alfio Privitera. The volunteers cleared weeds and brush from the sanctuary's yard and cleaned the road surrounding the religious building. "I live nearby the Sanctuary and I've always been fascinated by it therefore, I'm so happy to be here today and give back to the Mascalucia community," Construction Mechanic 1st Class Ian White said. Public Works volunteers announced that are ready to go back to Mascalucia with a new project consisting of renovating an abandoned soccer field in the Massanunziata neighborhood which used to belong to the Catania soccer team. (Photo by Mascalucia Press Office)

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Are you interested in money? More specifically, do you have a passion for the process of making your hard earned income work for you in areas such as proactive budgeting, retirement planning and financial planning for future events and expenses? The Command Financial Specialist (CFS) Program provides training in the areas of financial education and counseling to financially stable service members ranked E-6 and above, who serve their commands as first line financial counselors. This is a mission essential program that benefits members in your tenant command. It supports mission readiness and encourages financial health of families in our Sigonella community. E-5 ranks are also able to enroll by obtaining a waiver exception following a successful financial stability screening appointment with a current CFS. Here is your chance to take on an important collateral duty in your command, and by maintaining an active certificate you can continue to develop your skills at future commands. The dates for the upcoming CFS Training Course have been set for June 9 – 13. This is a five-day course which requires full attendance each day. To register, contact Mike Matheny at the Fleet and Family Support Center at DSN 624-4291. Space is limited so take action and make contact today!



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MAY/June 2



ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC Post Deployment Class 1 - 3 p.m. FFSC



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Pre-Deployment Class 9 - 11 a.m. FFSC Post Deployment Class 1 - 3 p.m. FFSC



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

Caponata and Parmigiana Cooking Class 5:30 p.m. ITT


Sponsor Training 9 - 11 a.m. FFSC

Caponata and Parmigiana Cooking Class 5:30 p.m. ITT



Bldg's 318 & 319 "Open Courtyard" 2 - 4 p.m. 318-319 Courtyard


Friday Arrivederci Class 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FFSC Heritage Run 7:30 a.m. Midtown I


Catania History and Greek Mythology Tour 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ITT



June 1

Marzamemi Boat Tour 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Outdoor Rec

Siracusa and Seafood Restaurant 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ITT

Outdoor Used Equipment Sale 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. ITT


Palermo and Mondello Beach 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. ITT Extreme Bowling* 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sparetime Bowling


Bldg's 318 & 319 "Open Courtyard" 2 - 4 p.m. 318-319 Courtyard


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

Catania History and Greek Mythology Tour 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ITT



Palermo and Mondello Beach 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. ITT Extreme Bowling* 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sparetime Bowling

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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." "Grasselli" continued from page 1


Palermo and Mondello Beach 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. ITT Extreme Bowling* 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sparetime Bowling


Fathers Day!

1/2 price Bowling 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sparetime Bowling *Every Sunday

FFSC: x4291 ITT : x4777, x4396 Liberty/Connections/Take 5: x4246, x5602 Outdoor Rec: x4777, x4396 Fitness: x4483, x5243 Midtown 2 Theaters: x4248 American Red Cross: x4900

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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.

position in a lava hole with a .30-caliber machine gun, waiting for a Japanese landing force that didn't come. As the Ewa Marines rebuilt and regrouped, they received new and larger planes. With them came a sudden need for someone who knew how to navigate over the ocean. "They sent me to the University of Hawaii for a course in intelligence, and that was about a three month push, and I lived in the city then. So that was one reason I was picked to be a navigator," Grasselli said. Grasselli and another Marine, chosen for their academic background, became the first two designated aerial navigators in the Marine Corps, and soon found themselves on 17-hour training flights learning dead reckoning and how to read ocean currents and stars. In June 1942, as the U.S. was lured the Japanese into an ambush at Midway for one of the most strategic naval victories of the war, Grasselli helped navigate reinforcements to the island for the coming battle. "I navigated a squadron of SB2Us out to Midway," he said. "There were about 25 of us. There was 1000 miles of nothing but water." During the battle, Grasselli flew missions taking ammunition in and wounded out, and witnessed the devastation. Every one of the SB2Us he had previously navigated in had been shot down or destroyed. "When we landed on the island several times, there was just chaos. There were carrier planes coming in on fire. There was an Air Corps B-17..." Grasselli said, trailing off. The vast majority of U.S. planes in the battle were obsolete and ended up being destroyed. Capt. James Roosevelt, son of the president, wrote a letter to his father about the situation and boarded Grasselli's plane for the trip back from Midway after the battle. "We took him with the letter and he went on to Washington and

gave it to his father," Grasselli said. "We got a lot better airplanes after that." After Midway, the need for pilots outweighed any eyesight or height restrictions on pilots, and Grasselli, already an experienced navigator, was discharged from the Marine Corps in December 1942 and assigned to naval flight school. In November 1943, nearly 20 years after first seeing those biplanes, Grasselli fulfilled his dream. "It was the greatest moment of my life and the gold wings pinned to my blouse that day might as well have been the Croix de Guerre," he wrote in his memoir. In 1944, Grasselli returned to Ewa Marine Air Base, this time as a pilot. He soon flew on one of his most memorable missions, transporting Charles Lindbergh and several new planes to a remote island in the Pacific. "The first night was at Palmyra," he said. "Lindbergh and I went outside after we had dinner, and because I had been a navigator, we started talking about stars. Palmyra was quite a ways out-the stars were very vivid. He knew more about stars than I did, but we had a good time talking." Grasselli spent the remainder of the war stationed at Oahu, acting as an aide to General Walter Farrell, and using the rest of his time flying dozens of aircraft around the islands and across the Pacific. As the war ended, Grasselli returned to the United States where he served as a test pilot flying rebuilt aircraft that were not always in the best condition. "With time, the control tower became accustomed to my frantic screams to clear the runways," he wrote. Later assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, he requested a transfer to a fighter squadron bound for Korea. In August 1950, he was assigned to VMF-212 "Devil Cats" and left for Korea where he flew close air support missions for the 1st Marine Division ground troops, including missions around Chosin Reservoir. The fighting took its toll on the

Devil Cats. "By early December, VMF-212 was down to about five operating aircraft and our tents were being infiltrated by the enemy," he recalled in his memoir. "It was time to leave." VMF-212 evacuated to Itami, Japan, and continued flying missions off the carrier USS Bataan. As seasoned flying veterans from World War II dwindled, new replacements fresh out of flight school came in 1951. Within weeks, more than half were killed. Of the pilots of VMF-212 he went to Korea with, 18 were lost in combat, and time has slowly claimed the rest except for Grasselli, the last of the original Devil Cats. Grasselli flew 86 combat missions and several reconnaissance flights before leaving Korea and heading back to the states. He went on to fly as the personal pilot for the Marine Corps commandant at Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington, D.C. and later transferred to U.S. European Command in Paris. Looking back now, Grasselli said the flying adventures and years in the Corps have formed a unifying thread in his life. As for the darker side of his time at war, Grasselli hopes younger generations may avoid what he went through. "I wouldn't want them to remember my experiences, but just remember that there was a war," he said, eschewing any glorification of combat. He instead prefers to offer memories of the men with whom he flew and shared time with: Lindbergh, Marine aces Marion Carl and Joe Foss, former commander Lt. Col. L.G. Merritt, and the many pilots in World War II and Korea among others, as well as his time in the skies. Still sipping his martini, Grasselli smiled as he recalled flights in a Corsair nicknamed "Slick Chick," a favorite among the dozens he piloted since a few biplanes 90 years ago inspired a long career. "I have fond memories of flying every airplane I flew."



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Italian News briefs

Italy boasts 269 Blue Flag beaches, beaches in 140 municipalities receive top cleanliness award (ANSA) - The number of Italian beaches to be given the prestigious Blue Flag award for clean water and pristine sands has increased again this year, the international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) said on Tuesday. In 2014, Italy can boast some 269 Blue Flag beaches in a total of 140 municipalities nationwide, compared to the 248 beaches in 135 municipalities recorded last year. Liguria in northwest Italy retained its title as the region with the cleanest beaches (20, the same as last year), followed by Tuscany with 18 (one more than in 2013) and the central Marche region with 17 (one less than in 2013). Blue Flag has worked with the United Nations' Environment Program and analyzed beaches and marinas worldwide since 1987 to monitor quality and cleanliness. Campania remained in fourth place with 13 Blue Flag beaches, followed by Puglia with 10. Both southern regions confirmed their 2013 performance for the number of beaches to receive the prestigious international award. Abruzzo in central Italy also reported 10 Blue Flag beaches, down from 14 last year. Next came the northern region of Emilia Romagna, which gained one Blue Flag beach to reach nine, followed by Lazio and Veneto with seven beaches each (up respectively by two and one from last year). Calabria in the toe of Italy's 'boot' gained one Blue Flag beach to boast four while Molise, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Basilicata confirmed their respective three, two and one. Of the Italian islands, Sardinia, known worldwide for its crystalline waters and luxury Emerald Coast resorts, lost a Blue Flag ranking while Sicily gained two, for a total of six Blue Flag beaches each. Of the Blue Flags awarded, 7 were for lakeside resorts in landlocked regions, one in Lombardy, one in Piemonte and five in Trentino Alto Adige. Launched in 1987, the FEE's Blue Flag Program uses strict criteria on water quality, environmental education and management, safety and services to monitor sustainable development of beaches and marinas worldwide. Two Italian beaches, Spiaggia dei Conigli on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa and Cala Mariolu in Sardinia, also appeared among the top 25 beaches for 2014 drawn up by the popular travel website Trip Advisor based on travelers’ reviews.

Michelangelo’s David 'won't collapse' ( – Florence - The iconic Michelangelo statue of David is not in danger of falling down, says museum official, despite ankle fractures in the art work Despite fractures in its ankles, Michelangelo’s statue of David is not at risk of collapse, according to a spokesperson from Florence’s museum authority. “Even if there is an earthquake of 5.0 or 5.5 on the Richter scale, Florence will stay in one piece. And David would be the last to fall,” said Marco Ferri. This statement comes after last week’s study by Italy’s National Research Council discovered a “series of micro-fractures on the lower part of both legs” of the statue, which might “threaten its stability.” The report stated that these weaknesses were likely to have appeared during the period between the statue’s completion in 1504 and subsequent installation on the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, and when it was moved to a museum for safekeeping in 1873. The study also claimed that the slight tilt of it’s pedestal put extra pressure on the statue. Ferri added that there was “nothing dramatic about the findings”, and that the museum would continue to monitor vibrations of the work. The vibrations are thought to have been reduced thanks to a decision to limit the number of visitors allowed in the gallery at one time.. Ferri also confirmed that the iconic statue will remain in its current position in the Galleria dell'Accademia, stating: “It will not be moved or put on a pneumatic pedestal or anything like that. Apart from anything else, it would be complicated to move a colossus like that.” Michelangelo’s David was commissioned by the city’s rulers in the early 1500s as a symbol of Florence’s commercial and military power. Since 1873, it has been on display in the Galleria dell’Accademia, despite calls for it to be removed to a specially built museum away from traffic and road works.

Learn These Words in Italian!



English: Italian Italian: italiano

English: American English Italian: inglese americano

English: English Italian: inglese

English: French Italian: francese

English: Spanish Italian: spagnolo

English: German Italian: tedesco

Have fun practicing your Italian! Buona Fortuna!

Religious festival and medieval reenactment tomorrow in Scicli

SCICLI, Sicily - The past comes alive during the annual Scicli “Festa della Madonna delle Milizie” or Virgin Mary of the Armies Festival. One among the unique festivals in the Catholic world, this Festa celebrates an unusual devotion to the Blessed Mother of Jesus. In Southern Italy, Mary, the “highest of God’s creatures,” is usually venerated as a symbol of purity, spirituality and virtue, which are typical qualities of a perfect “Mother.” Scicli’s Madonna’s tradition is quite different. She is depicted as a resolute warrior, who appears during a bloody battle to support the crusaders in their fight against the Saracens. According to legend, that prodigious event occurred in 1091 in Donnalucata near Scicli, a small picturesque Baroque town located on a valley in the Ragusa province. Tradition has it that, despite being heavily outnumbered, the crusaders won the battle against the Saracens thanks to the prodigious intervention of the Virgin Mary’s on the battlefield. The Virgin Mary of the Armies, as townspeople renamed her after the exceptional event, appeared on a white horse wielding a flaming sword. Encouraged by the apparition, Christians bravely defeated the Muslim army and drove them out from Sicily. Since then, Scicli’s townspeople have been worshipping the Virgin Mary for centuries. A few years after the battle, a sanctuary was erected on the site of the fight to celebrate the miraculous apparition of Madonna delle Milizie who saved the city from the invaders. The sanctuary was then enlarged in 1391 and further restructured in 1721 after a terrible earthquake that had destroyed the town in 1693. Today, the prodigious events occurred during the battle are brought back to life through a spectacular historic reenactment that will be presented tomorrow night Saturday, May 31. The performance, which is definitely worth to be seen for the accurate reconstruction of medieval costumes and background setting, begins around 8 p.m. in piazza Italia, the main square. Later on in the evening, spectacular fireworks will follow at midnight. The procession, during which the statue of the Virgin Mary is carried through out the city, will be held tonight (May 30) and will leave from the main church around 6 p.m. The appearance of a precious 19th century paper-mâché statue representing the Virgin Mary on a horseback is undoubtedly the highlight of the show. According to historic chronicles, that reenactment has been staged since the 15th century. In 1736, the Vatican recognized the authenticity of the miracle performed by the “warrior” Blessed Mary. The statue, which is permanently kept in Scicli’s cathedral, was recently restored. The show also features the landing of the Saracen pirate ship named Stambul as well as spectacular battle scenes. Outdoor markets featuring arts crafts, food booths and more will be set up in the historic center. Live music will be performed by local bands. Complementing the festival, city officials will organize the traditional Sagra della Testa di Turco (the festival of the “Turkish Head,” a special cake filled with custard or sweet ricotta and resembling an Arabic turban), typical of the area which is offered to visitors with a glass of Moscato wine. For more information and detailed schedules call Scicli Tourist office at 0932-839608 or visit Scicli can be easily reached by taking the Catania-Ragusa. Once in Ragusa follow directions for Modica and then Scicli.

By MCSN Matthew Murch Navy Public Affairs Support Element-Detachment Europe SOUDA BAY, Greece (NNS) -- Members of maritime forces from European, North African and U.S. Naval forces participated in a pre-sail conference kick-off for Exercise Phoenix Express 2014 (PE14) at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, May 21. The U.S. Africa Command-sponsored exercise, now in its eighth year, is designed to improve cooperation and interdiction expertise among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. "This is a great opportunity for our nations to work together, build relationships and improve interoperability amongst our navies," said Rear Adm. Chris Sadler, director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet. Participants discussed the upcoming underway phase of Phoenix Express, meant to improve maritime domain awareness and interaction between forces afloat and the combined maritime operations center ashore. Combined maritime forces will execute a series of training scenarios exercising force protection measures, boarding procedures, search and rescue, replenishment at sea, and helicopter operations. "The end result of the exercise will be to improve maritime security and stability in the Mediterranean Sea and ensure we train like we fight and fight like we train," said Sadler.

PE14 is in the middle of its two-week in port phase, with underway operations in the central Mediterranean Sea scheduled to begin May 24 and end June 2. "Promoting interoperability and cooperation among the coastal states, North Africa and South Europe, is the objective," said Hellenic navy Commodore Ioannis G. Pavlopoulos, Commandant of NMIOTC. "When we manage to establish constant communication between our states from both sides, I think the maritime trade will flow easier and more securely for the benefit of our states and the global security system." Thus far, participants have gained various skills during the Maritime Interdiction Operations inport phase of Phoenix Express. "The training at NMIOTC is excellent, and will help us deal with maritime issues in the future," said Lt. Col. Salem Alshwerif, a member of Libyan Armed Forces, who are participating in Phoenix Express for the first time. Countries participating in Phoenix Express 2014 include Algeria, Croatia, Greece, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States. 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 partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

Marine Corps-Centric Health and Wellness Materials are now available By Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), in collaboration with the Marine Corps Community Services Semper Fit and Behavioral Health Branch, announced, May 21, the release of customized materials geared towards Marine Corps health and wellness. Topics addressed include general Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW), Healthy Eating, Active Living, Tobacco Free Living, Psychological and Emotional Well-being, Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use, and Injury and Violence Free Living. These materials contain information and resources specific to the Marine Corps audience and are intended to provide health educators with ready-to-use, evidence-based materials to disseminate at their local installations. Visit NMCPHC's HPW Marine page to view and download the materials, including posters, fact sheets and brochures. "The Health Promotion and Wellness Department and the Marine Corps Community Services Semper Fit and Behavioral Health Branch recognized that the Marine Corps community has unique needs that should be addressed separately from the needs of Sailors," said Cmdr. Connie Scott, NMCPHC department head for HPW. "All of the resources created by the HPW Department are intended for both Sailors and Marines; however the new materials are of particular relevance to the Marine Corps population." NMCPHC's HPW department provides innovative and evidence-based programs and services that facilitate readiness and resilience, prevent illness and injury, hasten recovery, and promote lifelong healthy behaviors and lifestyles. NMCPHC is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

By MC2 Toni Burton YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The U.S. rebalance to Asia encompasses the full spectrum of engagement, from diplomatic and political to economic and military. In the U.S 7th Fleet, Foreign Policy Advisor Debbie Kingsland ensures that the diplomatic and military aspects of the rebalanced are aligned and coordinated to ensure optimal support to our allies and partners. As Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III said, "The rebalance is not just about the military, it's about national policy, it's about diplomacy, it's about trade as well as our security." Ms. Kingsland serves as a key liaison between the Department of Defense and Department of the State, advising the Fleet commander on the current state of political and diplomatic affairs in the 36 maritime nations that make up the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility. "By understanding what someone is doing and their reason and motivation for doing what they're doing, you're more likely to predict accurately what they're going to do in the future," said Ms. Kingsland. "That's really what I bring to the game." In 7th Fleet, the Foreign Policy Advisor (formerly "Political Advisor" or POLAD) is a special assistant to the commander with expertise in diplomacy and international policy. Military leaders usually think in terms of warfighting, operations and readiness; however a savvy foreign policy advisor considers the diplomatic, economic and political states of regional allies and partners. This expertise contributes to the long-term effort of the rebalance based on building relationships, in addition to existing military aspects of readiness and presence. "We all have the same goal, security and stability in the entire region for all our friends, partners and allies. Security is the driving force behind economic prosperity and an increasing peace in the region," said Ms. Kingsland. Ms. Kingsland uses her extensive diplomatic and political familiarity with many of the countries in the region to assist the commander and his staff to understand the factors that are going to influence political and military decisions. "A lot of it is economic, social and in some cases religious. All of that is part of the bigger picture in making decisions," Ms. Kingsland added. "7th Fleet has a huge area of responsibility so when trying to shape the environment, you really need to have a good grasp on everything that is going on in that area." As a civilian, Ms. Kingsland holds a seat at a small table of direct advisors for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas, much like the President of the United States has his cabinet. All play an important role in managing a Fleet that measures 124 million square kilometers between Hawaii and India and holds half of the world's population as well as the world's five largest foreign armed forces - People's Republic of China, Russia, India, North Korea and Republic of Korea. To stay informed and to provide her professional outlook, Ms. Kingsland attends daily meetings with the Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) directorate and provides political-military background information to officers who are assigned with knowing as much as they can about a country or countries in the region and how they interact with each other as well as the United States. "As warfighters, we tend to think of the kinetic effects of shooting guns, launching missiles, dropping bombs, etc. ... and we are less attuned to our how our actions are perceived, especially in peacetime. Ms. Kingsland helps provide that insight on how we are viewed by allies, partners, and friends in the region," said Capt. Anthony Cowden, 7th Fleet TSC officer. Ms. Kingsland's goal is to help military leaders better understand how things work in the region. A majority of militaries don't have a diplomatic political view on how things work; she helps to broaden thinking to improve military-to-military cooperation and helps set policies to ensure the plan is inline with realistic expectations of partner nations. Ms. Kingsland has spent most of her career in East Asia, including assignments in China (Guangzhou and Beijing), Burma, the Federated States of Micronesia, Cambodia and Taiwan. She speaks Pashto, Chinese, Japanese and Burmese and has a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University, where she graduated With Distinction, and has a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University. "There is such a variety of countries and situations that you are exposed to on a day-to-day basis," said Ms. Kingsland. "I view it from a different angle so I can add another perspective to support the rebalance."



May 30, 2014

Ortigia BY Lyndsay Curtis Photographer;


rtigia is a small island just off of Siracusa, Sicily. This section of the town is actually the historical center of the city and features sweeping panoramic views of the sea, stunning old buildings and fun shops. A one - hour drive on the SS114 makes Ortigia the perfect day trip from Sigonella! We set out on a sunny Saturday morning to check out what this city had to offer. Upon our arrival in Ortigia, we found parking to be a breeze! Several paid parking lots are conveniently located around the city. If paying for parking isn't your style, you'll find no short supply of parallel parking spots along the city streets that feature free parking during the middle hours of the day as well as Sunday and festival days. Once parked, we walked to the edge of the produce market. I was pleasantly surprised by the vast selection of fresh fruits (hello, watermelon!!) and vegetables. We also found a variety of specialty shops featuring cheeses, cured meats, sauces and spreads. Further into the market, we began to see stalls with brightly colored scarves, hats and jewelry. Everyone in our group ended up buying a fun hat to help shield us from the sun and bring a little extra sunshine to our Saturday. We ducked into a cafe for a quick sip of espresso and bite of pastry and then we were

off to check out the various stores in the city. The next few hours were spent shopping at souvenir shops, fun handmade trinket shops and even name brand stores. By this time we were all ready for a little break and to refuel with some lunch. We wandered over to the Piazza duomo which houses several restaurants. We picked one with an outdoor eating space, so we could take in the stunning view of the Cathedral while we ate our pizzas. Once we were stuffed, we decided to take a peek into the Cathedral. Our final few hours in the city were spent wandering through the windings streets, browsing at more trinket shops and taking in the view of the bright blue sea. The sun seemed extra bright in Ortygia and it made the sea sparkle just a bit more here. I was so happy to see the crystal clear water here. We stood along the sidewalk and peered down at the water gently cascading over the rocky shore and spotted several small fish swimming through the blue water. Ortigia has quickly become one of my absolute favorite cities. It's close proximity makes it the absolute perfect day trip and we've actually gone twice in the past month! I love the blue water, fun clothes at the market and small town feel of this vibrant Sicilian town.

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May 30, 2014

USNH Sigonella: Camaraderie through competition


May 30, 2014


WITH MWR ON THE GO Independence Day cardboard boat registration begins NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - As the Independence Day holiday fast approaches, MWR is in preparation for the annual Red, White, and Boom Celebration to take place on Friday, July 4. A highlight from last year’s event included the premier cardboard boat races at the NAS I pool. Participants built their vessels solely out of cardboard and duct tape, including their paddles. With two contestants per boat, racers attempted to paddled their cardboard creations across the pool for bragging rights as well as a variety of prizes. Registration for this year’s John Paul Jones Cardboard Boat Race starts on Monday, June 2. Participants can register at the NAS I Fit District and Take 5 on NAS II. Teams of two must paddle the boats during the contest with the only cardboard and duct tape as the authorized building materials. For more information on contest rules and registration, please call 624-4483 or 624-5602.

The new and improved

Naval Hospital Sigonella Executive Officer Capt. John Lamberton cheers on competitors at the cornhole competition as part of the Command Master Chief (CMC) Cup. (U.S. Navy Photo by Hospitalman Second Class Matthew Clutter/Released)

Naval Hospital Sigonella Command Master Chief Jill Eastin looks on during the cornhole competition for the Command Master Chief (CMC) Cup. The event is one of many that take place over a two-week span that help build camaraderie throughout the hospital. (U.S. Navy Photo by Hospitalman Second Class Matthew Clutter/Released)

By HM2 Matthew Clutter U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - There aren’t too many work spaces where you’ll find a nearly full-term pregnant woman chucking a small bean bag at a wooden box on some idle Tuesday. But cornhole is one of the events that make up U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella’s Command Master Chief ’s Cup, a two-week long smorgasbord of varying events aimed at building camaraderie. Whether it’s darts or tire flipping or a three-mile relay or a soccer shootout, the CMC Cup brings together officers, enlisted and civilian workers of all kinds for team-building exercises, all tracked and scored, with a winner eventually crowned. “The CMC Cup shows what great morale we have here,” said U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella Command Master Chief Jill Eastin. “It brings the Command together to compete and have a good time and to enjoy the different events. And of course the smack talk. I love the smack talk.” That smack talk takes place through each of the nine directorates in the hospital, which all create a t-shirt and flag (example: the dental department’s are emblazoned with the slogan “Floss like a boss”). The t-shirts are required to be worn at the different events and the flag must be present as well.

It’s all part of building a team atmosphere throughout the hospital, which is even more important now as PCS season looms and new arrivals are welcomed almost weekly. “Some people haven’t even been here a week,” CMC Eastin said. “That just says a lot about them and their directors that they’re getting involved and that these Sailors are becoming part of the family immediately. It sets them up and gets them started on the right foot.” HN Jessie Coffin arrived to Sigonella a month ago, but she wasted no time in getting involved, thanks to a department that encouraged it. “The first day we checked in to the hospital after base indoc, [the dental department] already had shirts ready for us,” Coffin said. “I’ve done darts, cornhole, the relay, and the swimming. It’s been very welcoming.” This year’s CMC Cup concluded in conjunction with Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and the hospital’s Diversity Committee held a special presentation. It was a fitting end. After all, the Diversity Committee touts inclusion, and the CMC Cup embodies it.

NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - As part of Sigonella MWR’s continuous effort to provide our customers with the best service possible, we are excited to present the launch of the new and improved sigmwr. com on Monday, June 2. The new website features a more user-friendly interface that allows our customers to find information more quickly and easily. Customers now have the ability to subscribe to a customizable weekly newsletter that allows them to receive regular updates on MWR events in which they are interested. In addition, customers have the ability to contact MWR directly from the website further opening lines of communication. Like always, the weekly fitness and movie schedules are easily accessible from the website’s side bar. The new website also has the added feature of a monthly calendar allowing for an easy snap shot of what events occur on specific dates throughout the month. The new website is available on a variety of electronic devices including smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions. MWR continues to work diligently to provide Sigonella with quality programming to create a memorable tour here in Sicily. We are confident that our new website will aid in allowing our community to take full advantage of all MWR has to offer. As always, visit for the most up-to-date information on fun and entertainment here in Sigonella and like our Facebook page at

Saturday, May 31 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Bacon, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Pancakes. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Chicken Cheddar Broccoli, Beef Balls Stroganoff, Hash Brown Potatoes, Green Beans, Cookies. *Dinner: Broccoli Soup, Pizza, Fishwich, Peas, Corn, Cookies.

Schedule &  Descriptions

Sunday, June 1 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Beef, Grilled Minute Steak, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Onion Soup, Roast Beef, Italian Roasted Potatoes, Chicken Nuggets, Asparagus. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Veal Parmesan, Penne Amatriciana, Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower Polonaise, Cake. Monday, June 2 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Oven Fried Bacon, Minced Beef, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Italian Roasted Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: Cream of potato Soup, Chipper Fish, Beef Stroganoff, Pasta Chef, Rice Pilaf, Oven Brown Potatoes, Fresh Carrots, Broccoli, Cake, Ice Cream.. *Speed line: Pizza. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Spaghetti w/ Meat Balls, Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens, Cake.

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Tuesday, June 3 *Breakfast: Farina, Ham Sliced, Baked Sausage Patties, Bacon, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles . *Speed line: Chili Dog, Macaroni & Cheese, Onion Rings. *Lunch: Asian Stir Fry Soup, Chicken Adobo, Sweet & Sour Pork, Chinese Fried Rice, Egg Foo Young, Egg Roll, Oriental Fried Cabbage, Simmered Corn Kernel, Dinner Rolls, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Pie, Ice Cream.. *Dinner: Onion Soup, Pasta al forno, Baked Potatoes, Italian Sausage, Steamed Rice, Baked Hubbard Squash, Cookies. Wednesday, June 4 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Beef, Bacon, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: Mulligatawny Soup, Roast Turkey, Roast Pork w/Mushroom Sauce, Pasta Chef, Steamed Rice, Chicken Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Cauliflower, Cake, Ice Cream. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Fried Bacon, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken noodles soup, Baked Fish w/Cherry Tomato, Beef Pot Pie w/ Biscuit Topping, Steamed Rice, Green Beans, Cake.

Free Movie Last Show

A HAUNTED HOUSE... R STARRING: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. (86 m.) BRICK MANSIONS ... PG-13 STARRING: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA

Wednesday, June 4

Friday, May 30

5:00 PM X-Men: Future Past 3D PG-13 5:30 PM The Quiet Ones PG-13 *Due to a power outage, Midtown will be closing early and the movie schedule has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience

Thursday, June 5 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Bacon, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Pasta Chef, Baked Chicken w/Mushroom Gravy, Hungarian Goulash, Rice Pilaf, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Steamed Asparagus, Peas & Carrots, Cake, Ice Cream. *Speed line: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Steak Ranchero, Lasagna, Steamed Rice, Seasoned Carrots, Cake.

Saturday, May 31

Friday, June 6 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Bacon, 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 Ice Cream. *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.

2:00 PM Heaven is for Real PG 2:30 PM Rio 2 G 4:30 PM Godzilla 3D PG-13 5:00 PM Oculus R *7:30 PM Draft Day PG-13 *A/D Movie: A/D personnel show ID to get in free.

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

The Quiet Ones Trancendence X-Men: Future Past 3D A Haunted House 2 The Other Woman

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

Sunday, June 1

Tuesday, June 3

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

MWR is hosting a free recreation swim at Splasher's Pool on NAS I this Saturday & Sunday (May 31 & June 1) and next weekend June 7 - 8 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Midtown Movie Theaters Movie Premiere

Friday, May 30 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Sausage, Asstd. Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Lemon Baked Fish, Meat Loaf, Mushroom Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower, Carrots, Cake. Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Chicken Breast Parmesan, Spaghetti W/Tuna Sauce, Fried Rice, Cabbage, Cake.

Free Rec Swim at Splasher's Pool

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

Rio 2 Brick Mansions X-Men: Future Past 3D Draft Day

G PG-13 PG-13 R

2:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Midway The Other Woman Trancendence Amazing Spiderman2 3D Oculus

Thursday, June 5

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

Midway The Quite Ones Godzilla 3D X-Men: Future Past

Friday, June 6 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Mom's Night Out The Quite Ones Edge of Tomorrow 3D The Other Woman

Saturday, June 7 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

X-Men: Future Past 3D Brick Mansions Amazing Spiderman 2 Edge of Tomorrow Neighbors

Sunday, June 8

2:00 PM Heaven is for Real 2:30 PM A Haunted House 2 4:30 PM Neighbors 5:00 PM Godzilla *7:30 PM Mom's Night Out

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

Movie schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm.

Movie Hotline: 624-4248

An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city. (90 m.) EDGE OF TOMORROW ... PG-13 STARRING: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle. (113 m.) GODZILLA 2D & 3D ... PG-13 STARRING: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. (123 m.) HEAVEN IS FOR REAL... PG STARRING: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world (99 m.) MOM’S NIGHT OUT... PG STARRING: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours ... what could go wrong? (98 m.) NEIGHBORS... R STARRING: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zach Efron A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house (96 m.) THE QUITE ONES...PG-13 STARRING: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke A professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process. (98 m.) X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST 2D & 3D… ... PG-13 STARRING: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for humans and mutants. (131 m.)

An inside look at the VP-9 and CNE DET MAST Sailors Honored Chief Selection Board; with Volunteer Service Award MC3 Amber Porter Patrol Squadron Nine Public Affairs Are You Up For Chief? By By: MC3 Jules Stobaugh Defense Media Activity It’s not just about what you do; it’s about what’s on paper. When asking what qualities you look for in a chief, responses are usually quite standard: dedication, perseverance, determination, loyalty, dependability, and sustained superior performance. Rarely do you hear people say, a complete and up to date Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). But chances are, even if your dedication, perseverance, determination, loyalty, dependability, and sustained superior performance are praised by everyone around you, if your record is a hodgepodge of missing information and evaluation gaps, it will be set aside, along with your hopes of advancement. Taking the test for chief and making board gets your foot in the door, but from that point on the only voice you have is in the form of your OMPF; and you don’t want it saying the wrong thing to the board. Board members will begin looking at an eligible candidate’s OMPF, Performance Summary Record (PSR) and any letters to the board (LTB) to determine who will be selected to become the Navy’s newest chief petty officers, using the convening orders and precepts set forth by the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) as a guide. “CNP signs out annually a precept that covers all the enlisted advancement selection boards for that year, and it talks about best and fully qualified, as does the convening order,” said May. “So if an eligible record exceeds the fully qualified threshold and is high up on the best-qualified threshold, then that is a sterling record.” The important thing to remember in regards to your record is that board members are looking for sustained superior performance, up to date awards, qualifications and accomplishments, and no evaluation gaps, said May. “If the OMPF and the PSR are 100 percent accurate, and if any gaps in evals are explained through a letter to the board, that is exemplary,” said May. “The board members appreciate it because it shows, ‘hey, this Sailor is squared away and professional enough to keep their record up.’” LTBs can assist the board with your record if something is missing or needs to be clarified; but be careful not to add anything unnecessary, as they receive more than a million pieces of paper a year. “Letters to the board are a tool to communicate from the eligible to the board,” said May. “But if your OMPF and your PSR are accurate and up to date, there’s no gaps in evals, there’s no issues, then don’t submit a letter to the board. It’s not beneficial.” An eligible will still be considered for selection despite an inaccurate or incomplete record because the board for chief is based on eligibility, not applications. So if a Sailor in the fleet is considered eligible for this board, he or she will be presented to the board as such. However, May still warns about the dangers of an incomplete record. “If their record is not up to date and accurate, they’re not getting the best consideration possible for advancement.” The boards take place at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn., and are comprised of 21 officers and 138 enlisted Sailors for active duty and nine officers and 56 enlisted for reserve. The board members are chosen from across all rates and are from all over the fleet. The officers selected are O-5s and O-6s and the enlisted are mostly master chiefs with a small percentage of senior chiefs. Sailors interested in becoming a board member submit an application, and need to meet several requirements. “The applicant cannot be within 12 months of retirement, (and) they have to have passed their last PFA,” said Capt. Donald May, director for Officer and Enlisted Career Progression Division (Pers-80). “They also can’t have a relative who is eligible for that board and they cannot serve the same board two consecutive times.” After these standards are met, the applicants are then chosen based upon quota requirements per rate and geographic region for proper representation among the fleet, said May. Once they are selected they are sworn to secrecy and are only allowed to inform their superiors of their selection. When the members finally convene, the magic happens. Just remember, behind every good trick there is usually a logical reveal; and that logic starts with your record.

MOTTA SANT'ANASTASIA, Sicily (NNS) - Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9) and U.S. Naval Forces Europe Detachment Maritime Ashore Support Team (CNE DET MAST) were recognized for their participation in Community Relations (COMREL) projects during an awards ceremony at the Courthouse in Motta Sant' Anastasia, Sicily May 16. Dr. Angelo Giuffrida, the mayor of Motta Sant' Anastasia, presented CDR Katrina Hill, Commanding Officer of VP-9, and LCDR Daniel Elsass, Officer in Charge of CNE DET MAST, with a certificate of appreciation for a school painting project carried out on January 31 and a Motta sports field beautification project carried out on March 14. Giuffrida thanked the Sailors for not just volunteering their time, but also for building a stronger relationship between Naval Air Station Sigonella (NAS) and the local community. "We are eternally grateful for the involvement of the Sailors," said Giuffrida during his opening remarks. "This might seem like just a volunteer occasion to you, but to us it means building positive rapport with the American militaries." Motta residents involved with the COMRELs also attended the ceremony, cheering for the Sailors and expressing their gratitude. The projects helped the kids connect with Americans and nurture cultural understanding, said Giuffrida on behalf of the coordinator of the school painting project. The opportunity to volunteer is valued by both Sailors and Sicilians. Some military members said they gain an appreciation for the community and importance of their contribution by volunteering for COMRELs. "During my time here in Italy, the community relation projects I've participated in helped establish and maintain a mutually valuable relationship with the local residents of Sicily," said Yeoman First Class Eduardo Clemente. Building relationships also helps to restore long-term benefits of community support and trustworthiness, said Clemente. The awards ceremony ended with a show of Sicilian hospitality as Giuffrida joined the group on a tour of the historic Castle of Motta Sant'Anastasia. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility.


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Jaguar Graduation preview

2014 Sigonella High School graduating class. Pictured are: Back Row: Erika Budny, Seleí Chappell, Guenda Weeks, Gunnar Smith, Halei Barnes, Jenna Buss: 2nd Row: Briana Schneider, Krystian Urquilla, Chelsea Hinton, Kevin Eastin, Halie Gasporra: 3rd Row: Amanda Rivera, Alex Meares, Allison Cruz, Alex Georgen: Front Row: Alessandro Thomas, Patrick Gallagher and Chris Mille

by Theresa M Urquilla Senior Class Advisor NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily - Sigonella High School will have their commencement exercises this on Friday, June 6. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held outside in the Naval Air Station Sigonella Courtyard. The alternate location, should it decide to rain, will be Knight’s Hall which is located on the school campus. For a preview of the graduation program, we would like to announce that our Master of Ceremony this year will be CMC David Graham and the guest speaker will be Mrs. Heather Bohon-Donalson, one of our English teachers. Singing the Italian National Anthem will be Sigonella’ s own Italian Professor, Mr. Salvatore Iozzia and singing the American National Anthem will be two graduating seniors, Seleí Chappell and Krystian Urquilla. Organizations that continue to help make the student’s senior year unforgettable and help make graduation happen are: the PTSO (Parent

Student Organization), the Sigonella High School Booster Club, the NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps) and the NHS (National Honor Society) Chapters. This day would not be possible without the help of all of our students, teachers, parents, support faculty, administration, and community members. Senior class sponsors are Theresa Urquilla, Spanish Teacher and Michelle Chandler, School Nurse. Principal Phyllis Fuglaar and VicePrincipal Richard Dye will also be in attendance. This year’s class has 19 students graduating (6 boys and 13 girls). Almost half of this year’s graduates have attended Sigonella High School ALL four years. This is a very rare accomplishment due to the transient population that always comes with working in the military. Most graduates plan to either attend colleges, universities or join the Armed Forces when they graduate. Join us on June 6, as we wish them well on their next adventure.

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Hospital sailors and local volunteers beautify property confiscated to the Mafia in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Sicily - On May 20, a group of sailors belonging to the NAS Sigonella Hospital and Public Works Second Class Petty Officers' Associations took part in a COMREL project held in a beautiful and abandoned coastline property located in the Arcile Bay (Augusta) which was confiscated to the local Mafia as part of an Italian law project providing former Mafia lands to farmers and local mayors/communities to create recreational areas and organic factories for the people to enjoy. Sigonella sailors, who worked hand-in-hand with local volunteers from the FCGT Team and the students of the Ipaa "Santo Asero" vocational school for skilled workers in agriculture agricultural workers from Paternò, trimmed bushes and shrubbery, as well as removed weeds in a section of an area of 80 hectares that was confiscated to the local mob in 2009. The project, coordinated by the NASSIG PAO and Dr. Gaetano Valastro, the Director of the Siracusa ARPA environmental agency and sponsored by the administrators of the town of Augusta, was aimed at preparing the grounds and digging the path for a trail to give access to the area to disabled visitors and tourists. It was the first time since 1959 that a Navy group of volunteers took part in such a project that is aimed at giving back to the local community an area, formerly owned by the mob for decades, and sending a powerful message of lawfulness and giving a new perception of the Mafia to the young generations. Over the past years, many lands, confiscated to Cosa Nostra mob in Sicily, have been indeed transformed into farms and vineyards and have become tourist attractions. "It was a great way to go out immerse ourselves in the Sicilian culture and give back to the community," said HM2 Derrick Johnson who led the NAS Sigonella Hospital group of volunteers.

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the first to hear the incoming message, "Many planes headed Midway." He didn't know that shortly before, U.S. forces had broken the Japanese code and discovered the plans to attack Midway. He entered a meeting with the officers as the crew planned the course of action for the impending fight. "It was really heartening to know that we know, and were in a position to hit them before they hit us," he said. A few short hours later, Crawford stood on the hangar deck watching waves of torpedo planes and dive bombers attack the ship. Three bombs rocked the ship, causing heavy damage, but Crawford said excellent damage control from the crew kept her afloat. That luck would soon run out. "I remember the tremor that went through the ship when one torpedo hit back on the port side," Crawford recalled. "It was a tremor that went through the whole ship almost like you were bending a ruler, and then bam, another one! The ship took a quick list to port about five degrees and then gradually crept up." Less than one week after boarding for his first sea tour after the academy, Crawford was sliding down a rope off the side of the Yorktown into the Pacific. He said his first reaction was anger. "I didn't know whether or not there were sharks in the water there," he said. "Turns out The USS Yorktown (CV-5) Naval Air Atation, North Island, San Diego, CA., in June 1940, embarking aircraft there wasn't, but I didn't know it, and nobody else did, either. and vehicles prior to sailing to Hawaii. Aircraft types on her flight deck include TBD-1, BT-1, SBC-3, F3F-2, And meanwhile, we're all lined up with oil and you don't know F3F-3, SB2U, JRF, J2F, and JRS-1. (Official U.S. Navy photo, National Archives) whether a submarine's going to light that off and we're all going After spending five combined years at MIT and earning two master's degrees, to be toast in a few minutes, so it was a pretty uncomfortable feeling." The USS Russell picked up Crawford and other survivors while a repair all while serving in the Navy, Crawford offered advice for the younger generations party attempted to keep the severely-listing Yorktown from sinking. A Japanese following. "You can't guarantee you're going to be successful, but if you want to do submarine later interrupted those plans, sinking both the Yorktown and the USS it, be prepared to accept opportunity when it comes your way," he said, echoing advice the president of MIT offered him years ago. Hammann, which was providing nearby support. With more than 50 years of his life in service to the U.S. government, both in Crawford returned to Pearl Harbor with an idea that the battle had been a great success, but not fully realizing the impact until later. Sailing back in to Pearl the Navy and as a civilian, Crawford said he would do it all over again-not that he's Harbor, he decided to pay a visit to the captain that had signed his detachment finished yet. He still performs work as a consultant to different agencies. "If you learn how to design and build ships or build houses or build cities, keep orders only days earlier. "He said, 'You again!'" Crawford laughed. "I said, 'Captain, you were absolutely doing it forever," he said. "At age 95, I'm still doing it." "What I like to look back on is I did my duty," Crawford said proudly. "There right, I was headed for trouble, but I think it came a little faster than you or I aren't many things you can take out of this planet. You can't take money out of thought!'" this planet, but you can take with you, wherever you go, consciousness of duty Finding opportunities Crawford shipped east, where he soon found himself on another carrier, the USS faithfully performed." 'Go forth and proselytize.' Santee, this time headed for the invasion of North Africa. It was there Crawford One of Crawford's main missions now is spreading knowledge about the Battle said he realized that had the U.S. lost at Midway, he and everyone else aboard would have been headed west to the Pacific for a more intense battle with Japan of Midway-a battle he argues is still much under-appreciated for its historic impact. Overshadowed by the calendar week proximity to D-Day, Crawford said not rather than being able to send personnel east to the European and African fronts. A converted commercial oiler, the Santee wasn't exactly Crawford's ideal enough people know how important Midway was in stopping the steady march of duty station, but he said it helped him edge closer to his ultimate goal of getting Japanese forces across the Pacific and changing the face of World War II. Events a naval appointment to the engineering school at the Massachusetts Institute of growing in popularity, such as the anniversary celebration each June at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., help educate new generations, he added. Technology. Still, he wanted more. "I wanted to see a good book on Midway, and there wasn't "I recognized the importance of being at sea, and I wanted to be at sea," Crawford said. "My long range objective in the Navy was to go to MIT and become a Navy one," Crawford said. So he called a friend, historian and retired Naval Academy constructor, as they were called at the time. It never occurred to me that I wanted Professor Craig Symonds, whom he helped inspire to write a definitive book on the battle. to do anything else. I wanted to be a naval officer to design and build ships." "Midway, at a minimum, was the most decisive naval battle since Trafalgar, After campaigns in the Mediterranean Sea, Crawford's determination and sea time paid off. He left for MIT and went on to shipbuilding. He was later interviewed and perhaps the most strategically decisive victory since Salamis," Crawford by Admiral Hyman Rickover and spent most of the remainder of his career in said, offering a brief historical lesson on British Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson's the Navy's nuclear propulsion program, where he helped build the world's first victory over the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar, and the Greeks over Persian Emperor Xerxes at Salamis. nuclear-powered submarine and aircraft carrier. Borrowing a line from remarks by former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger Crawford pointed out a framed photograph of that carrier, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), hanging just inside the doorway of Crawford's small home on a tree- at a Midway 61st anniversary commemoration, Crawford said he tries to "go forth and proselytize" the role of Midway in American history. lined street near Bethesda, Maryland, recalling his years of service. "The impression that battle had on me was those torpedo plane pilots," Crawford It was tough work, Crawford said of his job under Rickover. "One of the rewards of being in this organization is people are carefully selected and they realize how said of his roommate and fellow aviators. "That will never go away. That battle was won for a number of reasons, but one of them was courage." fortunate they were to be on the cutting edge of technology," he added.

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Repairing bomb damage on board USS Yorktown (CV-5) shortly after the carrier was hit by Japanese bombs on June 4, 1942. The explosion killed and injured many men on nearby guns and set fire to its flight deck. (Official U.S. Navy photo, National Archives)



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In this weeks edition we remember the battle of Midway. We then check out the beautiful island of Ortiga and get a preview of Sigonella Hig...