58th year, No. 19
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Serving the Nato, Naples and Gaeta military community in italy
Friday, May 17, 2013
All Hands Invited to Prevention Training By Capt. Scott Gray, NSA Naples Commanding Officer
Unmanned Aircraft Launched from Carrier Page 6
Today, 11 teams from 10 area commands are testing their mettle at Carney Park during the annual Armed Forces Olympics. MWR has been putting on this competition in Naples for 19 consecutive years now. That’s tremendous dedication to our service members and I want to express my sincere appreciation to the MWR team for its continued support. Active duty service members are competing in a variety of events including a 10K run, scavenger hunt, golf, archery, truck pull, tug-of-war and obstacle course. Please try to make it over to the park and cheer on your command. This event is important to our active duty members because it fosters command pride and camaraderie. I hear the hospital has two teams, and NSA Naples Security will be out in full force. I’m also told that the Army Element from JFC, among many others, is making a run for the gold. This is a great way to have fun together. I wish all of our teams the best of luck! One issue that divides a unit by degrading cohesion and trust in the ranks is sexual assault. We’ve heard a lot about this in the media lately as well as during last month’s focus on the issue, so I won’t belabor the point. Our entire DoD organization – service members, civilians, Italian employees, and contractors – must combine efforts to confront this issue. A team from U.S. Fleet Forces Command is scheduled to hold several training seminars here in Naples next week to help us discuss how. Here is a quick rundown of the schedule: • Monday, May 20: Training session for leadership (i.e., CO, XO, OIC, CMC, SEL) in the Capo Food Court from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. • Monday, May 20: Training session for front line supervisors (i.e., E5-E9 and O1-O4) in the Capo theater from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Tuesday, May 21: Training session for program managers (i.e., Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team members, and Suicide Prevention coordinators) in the Capo Food Court from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. • Tuesday, May 21: Session for all hands in the Capo theater from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Everyone should definitely try to attend this event because it will feature comedian Bernie McGrenahan’s live routine called “Comedy is the Cure.” The details are in Base Notes on the next page.
PWOC Hosts ‘Slaves No More’ Conference Page 7
Gen. Philip Breedlove Becomes 17th SACEUR Page 11
Weekly Crime Report Review what happened between May 11 and May 17.
According to a DoD report recently released, actual reports of sexual assault to Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and commanders increased in fiscal year 2012 from the previous year by 6 percent. This increase is welcome news because sexual assault is traditionally a drastically under-reported crime. DoD statistics show that more men are reporting, and there is a notable increase in reported incidents that occurred in past years. These increases indicate that more of us are becoming aware of what is or is not the acceptable standard of behavior. Still, the annual report highlights that we can all do more. Each of us can contribute to a command climate in which every member of the team is treated professionally and with respect. And each of us can intervene when there is cause for concern. Remember,
Capt. Scott Gray, NSA Naples Commanding Officer. (File photo) an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take an active role and intervene to help a shipmate. We need to work together to eliminate sexual assault in the military. This is an important issue and we can do better. Next week’s training will also touch on suicide prevention, which is another area of serious concern. We all lead very busy and active lives. And serving overseas can often exacerbate some of the issues that commonly cause us stress like the death of a family member or close relative, personal financial difficulties, relationship problems, and loneliness. I urge anyone contemplating suicide to reach out for help. We have an outstanding cadre of professionals here to help and provide confidential support including Fleet and Family Support Center counselors, chaplains, and Naval Hospital behavioral health professionals. I also implore everyone to continue looking out for one another. Please plan to take time to attend at least one of the sessions on the schedule. In order for us to work together on these issues, we all need a common understanding. Be part of the solution. See you next week, but have a safe weekend in the meantime!
USO Naples Named Best in the World By MC2 Josh Bennett, Navy Public Affairs Support ElementEast Detachment Europe
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Sabrina M. Pullido, area director for USO Naples and USO Rome, was sitting in her seat at the TellUSO Awards ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. She had already accepted the award for the ‘Top USO Center in Europe’ on behalf of USO Naples and the ‘Top Small USO Center in Europe’ on behalf of USO Rome. She was feeling excited and proud of the accomplishments of the two centers. The awards ceremony was coming to a close. There was one award left to be announced, the ‘Top Overall USO Center,’ the
Sabrina M. Pullido, area director for USO Naples and USO Rome, holds the "Top Overall USO Center" trophy while posing for a photo with staff and volunteers. (Photo by MC2 Josh Bennett) award for the top center in the world. Before the host announced the winner, he said they had a special video to play. As the video began to play, Pullido recognized the people speaking in the video. Leaders from U.S. Naval Forces
Europe-Africa, including Adm. Bruce Clingan and Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer JoAnn Ortloff, appeared in the video with other members of the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples community. The video ended with the service members
in the video congratulating USO Naples for being named the ‘Top Overall USO Center.’ Pullido said tears began to flow from here eyes as she became overwhelmed by her emotions. see USO Page 7