Panorama November 22, 2019

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Friday, November 22, 2019

NSA Naples Association Holds Capua Amphitheater Clean-Up Story by Lt. Jamie Moroney, NSA Naples Public Affairs

The Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) hosted a community relations (COMREL) event with 48 volunteers to clean-up the Capua Amphitheater, Nov. 18. Volunteers from various area commands and organizations including NSA Naples, Allied Joint Forces Command (JFC) International Club, U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, and other NSA Naples tenant commands came together to collect trash, trim hedges, pull weeds, and assist with other beautification tasks around the ancient Italian historical site. The event was organized by Master-at-Arms 1st Class Alexander Martinez and Master-atArms 1st Class Alejandro Carral, both members of the NSA Naples Security department, on behalf of the NSA Naples FCPOA. NSA NAPLES ASSOCIATION HOLDS CAPUA AMPHITHEATER CLEAN UP Page 11

U.S. 6th Fleet Turns Over Former Coast Guard Cutters To Ukrainian Navy Volunteers from Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Allied Joint Forces Command (JFC) International Club, U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, and other NSA Naples tenant commands participate in a community relations event at the Capua Amphitheater, Nov. 18, 2019. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Donavan K. Patubo

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Joseph Pennington, the Charge d’Affaires, a.i. from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv and Rear Adm. Matthew A. Zirkle, chief of staff at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, attended the commissioning of two former U.S. Coast Guard cutters being turned over to the Ukrainian Navy, Nov. 13, 2019. The commissioning of the 110’ patrol boats into the Ukrainian Navy follow years of planning by U.S. 6th Fleet and Navy officials. “The addition of these boats to Ukraine’s naval fleet will expand the Ukrainian Navy’s operational capacity and response potential to defend the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Pennington. “The boats will also provide greater situational awareness in the Black Sea, increasing the security of Ukraine’s coastline and shipping lanes, and they will help Ukraine to prevent smuggling through its waters.”

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Exercise Cutlass Express Concludes From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/ U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

Maritime forces from 17 East African, European, North American, and West Indian Ocean nations joined several international organizations in celebrating the successful conclusion of multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 (CE 19.2) during a ceremony held in Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 16. Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet (C6F) and director, Maritime Partnership

Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNECNA), served as guest speaker for the closing ceremony. CE 19.2, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by CNE-CNA/C6F, is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity; promote national and regional security in East Africa; and increase interoperability between the U.S., African nations, and international partners. EXERCISE CUTLASS EXPRESS CONCLUDES Page 7

Rear Adm. Nancy Lacore, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA), arrives at the closing ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 19.2, Nov. 16, 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles. Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Desiree Woodman

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PANoRAMA November 22, 2019

CAPTAIN’S CORNER By Capt. Todd Abrahamson NSA Naples Commanding Officer

NSA Naples is hosting a Holiday Concert! To celebrate our community stationed here in bella Napoli, the Commander, Naval Forces Europe Band and NSA Naples are working together to spread holiday cheer to the whole community in a free concert at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15, location to be released later. I encourage our personnel and their families to save the date on this one. If you’re not travelling, I hope you’ll make the short trip to come see one of the best bands in the Navy play holiday songs for you and your loved ones. The event location is beautiful, and the band director has guaranteed that the acoustics will be fantastic. This concert is being held to celebrate all of your hard work, and I look forward to seeing you there. Speaking of things to listen to, my radio show is coming up at 7 a.m. on Nov. 25. My show airs once per month, and I have the opportunity to tell you about all of the great things going on around NSA Naples. From upcoming big events, to Adm. Foggo’s podcast, and everything in between, I want to make sure that you know what’s going on in your community. This radio show will feature a subject matter expert from our Public Works department to discuss upcoming construction projects and improvements going on around the base. You can listen to the show on 107 FM, on the internet, or via the mobile app through AFN 360 for AFN Naples. Also on my show, as always, I’ll be asking a trivia question. The first person to pick the right answer on the AFN Naples Facebook page will get a coveted, one-time pass to park in my parking spot on Capodichino. You can also call in at COMM 081-811-6925 with the answer, or with any questions you may have. Buona fortuna! This is also my last CO’s Corner before the Thanksgiving holiday. For everyone celebrating Thanksgiving this year, I hope that you have a wonderful time with your family and friends. The holiday season can be a difficult one for Sailors who are far away from home and family, so please make sure you’re watching out for your shipmates. We’re all about “one team, one fight” out here, so make sure that everyone is included in the holiday fun. There are many festive MWR events during this time of year, so don’t hesitate to get involved or take an adventure. If you feel like you need additional resources for yourself or someone you know, reach out to a Chaplain or Religious Programs Specialist. We all have a lot to be thankful for this year. I am thankful for my family, for my amazing team here at NSA Naples that does such an excellent job, and being stationed overseas in Italy; a host nation of our friends, allies and partners. Have a safe and happy holiday, Team Naples. As always, thanks for reading the Panorama! For more information about NSA Naples, please follow us on:

BASE NOTES Nov. 23: Hiking the Path of the Gods Enjoy one of the most beautiful hikes of the Amalfi Coast on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outdoor Recreation offers an exciting day with incredible views. Open to hikers ages 15 and older (15-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian). Cost includes round-trip transportation and guide. To register or for details call DSN 629-4947 or Comm. 081-811-4947. Nov. 26: Monthly Family Game Night at Bambusa’s The USO, in collaboration with the NEX and Bambusa, will host an evening of free family friendly trivia to win great prizes on Sept. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Bambusa’s (meal not included). No registration required. For details call DSN 626-5713 or 629-4903. Nov. 26: Native American Indian Heritage Month Celebration CNE-CNA-C6F's Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee is hosting the Native American Indian Heritage Month Celebration to recognize the accomplishments of Native Americans who were the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the U.S. and their profound contributions. Event begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Capodichino Chapel. A themed cake will be shared afterwards. For details email or call DSN 626-3414 or Comm. 081-568-3414. Nov. 27: Automotive Workshop Join a free automotive workshop at Auto Skills Center on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Get your vehicle ready for your upcoming road trips. A qualified auto mechanic will cover the basics such as battery check and charging, tire mounting and balancing and winterizing your vehicle.

For details call DSN 629-4971 or Comm. 081811-4971. Nov. 27: American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED The American Red Cross is hosting an Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course, November 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Red Cross Training Room in Bldg. 450 aboard Capodichino. This course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies to help victims of any age. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Note: You must register three business days in advance. Log on to NaplesRedCross to register. Naples Red Cross may change or cancel this course based on enrollment and instructor availability. Space is limited so sign up while space is available. For details email or call DSN 626-4788 or Comm. 081-568-4788. Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Buffet Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, Nov. 28 at O’Rhys on Support Site. Noon to 9 p.m. for Single Sailors and on-duty uniformed Sailors. All eligible patrons 2 to 9 p.m. For details call 626-4900 or Comm. 081-811-4900. Nov. 29: Afternoon at the Movies The USO will host a free movie screening of “The Angry Birds Movie 2” on Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Support Site theatre (popcorn included) for US ID card holders. Limited availability; in-person registration required. For details contact the USO at DSN 6265713 or 629-4903.

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Buon fine settimana – and remain vigilant.

PANORAMA Naval Support Activity Naples Italy Capt. Todd Abrahamson Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen Polk Executive Officer Lt. Jamie Moroney Public Affairs Officer MC2 Donavan Patubo Deputy Public Affairs Officer Teresa Merola Public Affairs/COMREL Specialist

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PANoRAMA November 22, 2019


THE INSIDE PAGE The JFC Naples International Club Our club is always seeking new members to join us. The club is open to currently serving and retired members and family of NATO military and civilian personnel. Our goal is to enrich our time in Italy with international interaction among our members and families. The club promotes monthly luncheons hosted by NATO nations, organizes cultural trips and tours to local sites, as well as other social activities. We connect our community through friendship and culture. For details email NOSC – Napoli Operational Support Club Your Community Spouse Club welcomes all spouses from our active duty, GS, civilian and NATO community. Our club holds events, fundraisers and trips throughout the year. Our yearly membership fee is $30 and is a great way to meet other spouses in your community. The income raised during many of our events goes back into our community with Academic Scholarships. NOSC has scholarships for seniors, spouses and dependent children living with parents here in Naples. For details call DSN 629-7316, e-mail or visit or the Napoli Operational Support Club on Facebook. Students from Liceo Calamandrei High School in Ponticelli, Naples toured U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples at Capodichino last Friday. Their tour – led by NSA Naples Public Affairs Community Relations Specialist Teresa Merola – included the chapel, library, gym, food court, fire department, air operations and USO. Students were very enthusiastic and learned a lot about the U.S. Navy here in Naples. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Donavan K. Patubo

Liceo Calamandrei High School Visits NSA Naples Story by Lt. Jamie Moroney NSA Naples Public Affairs

Nineteen students and two teachers from Liceo Calamandrei High School of Ponticelli in the Campania region toured Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples to learn about the NSA Naples mission and capabilities, Nov. 15. Students and teachers visited the Capodichino site and toured the air terminal, chapel, gym and more to learn about the U.S. Navy, Sailors, and their mission while serving abroad. “The student’s love [these tours] because they get a taste of this American culture and they see how Americans live abroad in their country,” said Liceo Calamandrei teacher Gina Rose. “They really like it.” After being welcomed by NSA Naples’ Community Relations Specialist Dr. ssa Teresa Merola, the students attended a general briefing on air operations and the operational and support functions of NSA Naples. After the brief, the students toured one of the C-26 aircraft, and then were able to watch the takeoff of one of the aircraft in support of a mission.

“My favorite part of the tour was probably going in to the cockpit of the airplane,” said William, a second year student at the school. “I definitely feel like I’m learning something. It almost feels like a miniature American city.” The participants were also briefed by the fire department, the USO, a chaplain, a naval aviator, and others. The school visit is part of the NSA Naples community relations program, organized by the NSA Naples public affairs office, which coordinates events that fortify relationships in the host nation community of Naples, Italy. “These tours are good for the students from a linguistic point of view,” said Rose. “It’s also good for them to see a different culture and place in their own country that they don’t know.” NSA Naples is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to ensure security and stability in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. For more news on NSA Naples, please follow us on Instagram @NSANaples and Facebook at

Beyond Youth is an NSA Naples Chapel-led youth program designed to help students to develop the leader within and lead a significant life. We meet in the Chapel Fellowship Hall onboard Support Site. Our middle school small groups meet Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; our high school small groups meet Tuesdays 5 to 6:30 p.m.; and our middle/high school weekly service meets Thursdays from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. For details email Garry at or visit or call DSN 629-4603. Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from active, guard, and reserve forces. We have many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide. VFW Post 12159-Monte Cassino meets the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Support Site Community Room. For details call VFW Post Commander Randy Purham at 349-625-9511 or email or visit Facebook at VFW Post 12159Monte Cassino (username: @NaplesVFW). USO Naples is looking for outgoing and enthusiastic volunteers to join their committee to make a difference in the community through special events and outreach. If interested, email USO Naples and Rome Director, Sabrina Pullido at Naples American Red Cross (ARC) needs volunteers. For details or to register for a CPR/First Aid class, call 081-5684788 or 626-4788 or visit American Red Cross Naples on Facebook. The American Soccer Club (ASC) of Napoli is looking for qualified coaches. For details email Animals Without Limits (AWL) is searching for volunteers who want to help at our Animal Hospice in Lago Patria. We also need volunteers for different projects on the Support Site base. For details email or

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PANoRAMA November 22, 2019

HISTORY: NAVAJO CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II From Naval History and Heritage Command

Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Peleliu, Iwo Jima: the Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions and Marine parachute units, transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language a code that the Japanese never broke. The idea to use Navajo for secure communications came from Philip Johnston, the son of a missionary to the Navajos and one of the few nonNavajos who spoke their language fluently. Johnston, reared on the Navajo reservation, was a World War I veteran who knew of the military’s search for a code that would withstand all attempts to decipher it. He also knew that Native American languages notably Choctaw had been used in World War I to encode messages. Johnston believed Navajo answered the military requirement for an undecipherable code because Navajo is an unwritten language of extreme complexity. Its syntax and tonal qualities, not to mention dialects, make it unintelligible to anyone without extensive exposure and training. It has no alphabet or symbols, and is spoken only on the Navajo lands of the American Southwest. One estimate indicates that less than 30 non-Navajos, none of them Japanese, could understand the language at the outbreak of World War II.

Early in 1942, Johnston met with Major General Clayton B. Vogel, the commanding general of Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet, and his staff to convince them of the Navajo language’s value as code. Johnston staged tests under simulated combat conditions, demonstrating that Navajos could encode, transmit, and decode a three-line English message in 20 seconds. Machines of the time required 30 minutes to perform the same job. Convinced, Vogel recommended to the Commandant of the Marine Corps that the Marines recruit 200 Navajos. In May 1942, the first 29 Navajo recruits attended boot camp. Then, at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, this first group created the Navajo code. They developed a dictionary and numerous words for military terms. The dictionary and all code words had to be memorized during training. Once a Navajo code talker completed his training, he was sent to a Marine unit deployed in the Pacific theater. The code talkers’ primary job was to talk, transmitting information on tactics and troop movements, orders and other vital battlefield communications over telephones and radios. They also acted as messengers, and performed general Marine duties. Praise for their skill, speed and accuracy accrued throughout the war. At Iwo Jima, Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer, declared, “Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima.” Connor had six Navajo code talkers working around the clock during the first two

days of the battle. Those six sent and received over 800 messages, all without error. The Japanese, who were skilled code breakers, remained baffled by the Navajo language. The Japanese chief of intelligence, Lieutenant General Seizo Arisue, said that while they were able to decipher the codes used by the U.S. Army and Army Air Corps, they never cracked the code used by the Marines. The Navajo code talkers even stymied a Navajo soldier taken prisoner at Bataan. (About 20 Navajos served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines.) The Navajo soldier, forced to listen to the jumbled words of talker transmissions, said to a code talker after the war, “I never figured out what you guys who got me into all that trouble were saying.” In 1942, there were about 50,000 Navajo tribe members. As of 1945, about 540 Navajos served as Marines. From 375 to 420 of those trained as code talkers; the rest served in other capacities. Navajo remained potentially valuable as code even after the war. For that reason, the code talkers, whose skill and courage saved both American lives and military engagements, only recently earned recognition from the Government and the public. The Navajo Code Talker’s Dictionary When a Navajo code talker received a message, what he heard was a string of seemingly unrelated Navajo words. The code talker first had to translate each Navajo word into its English equivalent. Then he used only the first letter of the English equivalent in spelling an English word. Thus, the

Navajo Code Talkers Marine Corps Cpl. Henry Bake Jr. and Pfc. George H. Kirk use a portable radio near enemy lines to communicate with fellow Marines in December 1943. The Navajo language proved to be an unbreakable military code that assisted Navy and Marine operations in the Pacific during World War II. National Archives photo

Navajo words “wol-la-chee” (ant), “be-la-sana” (apple) and “tse-nill” (axe) all stood for the letter “a.” One way to say the word “Navy” in Navajo code would be “tsah (needle) wol-la-chee (ant) ah-keh-diglini (victor) tsah-ah-dzoh (yucca).” Most letters had more than one Navajo word representing them. Not all words had to be spelled out letter by letter. The developers of the original code assigned Navajo words to represent about 450 frequently used military terms that did not exist in the Navajo language. Several examples: “besh- lo” (iron fish) meant “submarine,” “dah-he- tih-hi” (hummingbird) meant “fighter plane” and “debeh-lizine” (black street) meant “squad.” Department of Defense Honors Navajo Veterans Long unrecognized because of the continued value of their language as a security classified code, the Navajo

code talkers of World War II were honored for their contributions to defense on Sept. 17, 1992, at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Thirty-five code talkers, all veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps, attended the dedication of the Navajo code talker exhibit. The exhibit includes a display of photographs, equipment and the original code, along with an explanation of how the code worked. Dedication ceremonies included speeches by the then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Donald Atwood, U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona and Navajo President Peterson Zah. The Navajo veterans and their families traveled to the ceremony from their homes on the Navajo Reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The Navajo code talker exhibit is a regular stop on the Pentagon tour.

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UPCOMING FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER EVENTS For more information about local Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) events, visit

Shannon Buckley, a 12 year old member of the Naples Tiger Sharks, competes in the 50 meter backstroke event during a swim meet in Vicenza, Italy, Oct. 5, 2019. Photo by Jason Markvart

Naples Tiger Sharks Define Dedication By Solange Markvart

Throughout October and the first week of November, 2019, the Naples Tiger Sharks swim team traveled Italy, participated in swim meets, and qualified many swimmers for future competition. It was a busy month for the Naples Tiger Sharks Swim Team. Along with ramping up the intensity of training in preparation for the European Forces Swim League (EFSL) Long Distance Championship at the end of November and the Short Course Championships later in the season, the team traveled to back-to-back away meets held in Vicenza and Sigonella, Italy. The Tiger Sharks were clear winners in the meets against the Vicenza and Aviano teams, held on Oct. 5 and 6. Additionally, many Tiger Shark swimmers attained personal bests as well as qualified for both Long Distance Championships and Short Course Championships in several events. The following week in Sigonella, the Sigonella Swordfish hosted a pentathlon on Saturday, Oct. 12, and a standard meet on Sunday, Oct. 13. For both the pentathlon and the standard meet, the team had numerous personal bests and qualifying times. Though not winning the overall event, Assistant Coach Joshua Montalvo praised the swimmers for their hard work and accomplishments. “What an incredible month for our team,” Montalvo said of the overall performance during the month of October. “Having back-to-back travel meets is not easy, but our swimmers

continue to break records week after week. We took home a win in Vicenza and Aviano… I am very proud of the swimmers’ dedication and hard work.” The Naples Tiger Sharks finished off the month of October with three days of intra-squad time trials, which gave an additional opportunity for more swimmers to qualify for Long Distance Championships. Depending on age and abilities, swimmers could opt to swim the 400-meter freestyle, the 400-meter individual medley, the 800-meter freestyle and the 1500-meter freestyle. A total of 16 swimmers achieved qualifying times, many qualifying for more than one event over the course of the time trials. Many of those qualifying swimmers will be traveling to Bruges at the end of November to represent the Naples Tiger Sharks and attempt to place on the podium at the Long Distance Championships. The Naples Tiger Sharks hosted their first home meet of the season on Veterans Day weekend, with Naples welcoming around 200 swimmers coming from various teams in the EFSL. In addition to a full meet schedule, the team conducted fundraising events. Swimmers were found bagging purchases at the Navy Exchange on Support Site in Gricignano, Nov. 3, and serving delicious sausage and peppers meals at Capodichino, Nov. 19. For more information regarding the Naples Tiger Sharks, please contact Solange Markvart @ You can also find us on the web at or on Facebook @naplestigersharks.

● Nov. 25-27: Base Area Orientation, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Support Site Theater. ● Dec. 02 – 06, Command Financial Specialist Training Course, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Support Site FFSC ● Dec. 03, Baby Boot Camp, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Support Site FFSC ● Dec. 04, Interview Skills, 1 to 3 p.m., Support Site FFSC ● Dec. 04, Italian Supermarket Trip, 9 to 11 a.m. (Meet at FFSC) ● Dec. 06 & 20, Area Orientation Benvenuti, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Support Site Theater ● Dec. 06 to 12, Area Orientation Support Site Theater, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ● Dec. 06, Command Financial Specialist Forum, 9 to 10 a.m., Support Site FFSC ● Dec. 9 – 13, TGPS Pre-Separation, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Support Site FFSC ● Dec. 09, Christmas Alley Trip, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., (Meet at Capo – Bus Stop by the Library) ● Dec. 10, Holiday Chili Cook-Off with USO & SAPR outreach, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ● Dec. 12, Developing Your Spending Plan, 1 to 2 p.m., Support Site FFSC all classes require registration. call 081-811-6372 for more information or to register.

ENERGY CONSERVATION Heating Your Home In The Winter From NSA Naples Energy Management Team

We are not bears hibernating, therefore we don’t have heavy winter coats. What we do have are heating systems in our homes and offices. Turning on the heater seems simple, but there is more to it than you might think. Warming up your home uses a noticeable – and expensive – amount of energy. Space heating and cooling can account for almost half of a home’s energy use making it one of the largest energy expenses in any home, but there are ways to make your heater work less while making your home more efficient in the amount of energy it uses to heat. Suggested thermostat settings are 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the day (this is warm enough to be comfortable but not cold). Also, heating units work just as hard and produce less heat if they are not able to breathe due to dirty air filters, so change them regularly (approximately every three months). Remember to shut it off on your way out the door if you are not going to be home. Turn the heater off if you are going on vacation or taking leave. Heating an empty house will cost you money that could be better spent on other things, and it puts a strain on our environment. And lastly, turn off heaters during the night or set your thermostat between 58 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Your body decreases its temperature during the night, so this will actually help you sleep better and save a bunch on your electric bill. Remember, you can always add a heavy blanket to heat yourself for eight hours instead of the whole house. Remember: You can use as much energy as you need just don’t waste it! For more tips on Energy Conservation call Gennaro Gargiulo or Electrician 2nd Class Marvin J. Hernandez at DSN 626-1895 or Comm. 081-568-1865.


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James Smith “I am thankful for the opportunity to support the men and women in the armed forces.”

Senior Master Sgt. Jerlani Nixon “I am thankful for my family.”

Matt Langley “I’m thankful for family and travel.”

ITC Dedrick Harris

Marcus Perkins

“I am thankful for my family and waking up.”

“I’m thankful for God in my life and my wife and child.”

NEX and Navy Lodge Welcome Home Veterans and Their Caregivers From Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs

Just announced, beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) is expanding NEX in-store shopping and Navy Lodge guest privileges to eligible Veterans and their primary-selected caregiver. The expanded benefit applies to Veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-documented service-connected disability rating, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and primary family caregivers for veterans enrolled in the VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. “Our command is truly grateful for everything our Veterans have done for our nation and we’re pleased to welcome them back in our NEX stores and Navy Lodges,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, CEO of NEXCOM. “NEXCOM’s mission is one of service, and since many of our 14,000 personnel have worn cloth of our nation, this expansion hits close to home. We’re proud to be part of this effort and serve our nation’s patriots by continuing to give back 100% of NEXCOM’s earnings to our Sailors and their families, through capital improvements or contributions to Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs— totaling $3.6 billion since 1946!”

The patronage expansion was an item included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Along with military resale and Navy Lodging, the benefit expansion includes commissary shopping privileges as well as MWR activity use. This new initiative is expected to extend eligibility to approximately 4.1 million new patrons, comprised of nearly 1.5 million Veterans who live within an hour of a military installation, of which 406,546 are U.S. Navy Veterans. To access Department of Defense installations and obtain expanded privileges on Jan. 1, 2020, Veterans must present a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) from VA that displays their eligibility category, “PURPLE HEART, FORMER POW or SERVICE-CONNECTED.” Caregivers must present an eligibility letter from the VA Office of Community Care that indicates they are the primary family caregiver for an eligible Veteran under the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers and are eligible for these privileges, paired with an acceptable identification credential, like a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or a U.S. passport. These credentials will need to be presented at point-of-sale at the NEX or check-in at the Navy Lodge. For additional guidance on access to a DoD installation or

A U.S. Navy veteran receives a Veterans Day commemorative coin from a NEX associate. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) is expanding NEX in-store shopping and Navy Lodge guest privileges to eligible veterans and their primary-selected caregiver. U.S. Navy photo

Veteran/Caregiver identification information, visit About NEXCOM The Navy Exchange Service Command is one of 11commands under Commander, NAVSUP. NEXCOM oversees 100 NEX facilities and nearly 300 stores worldwide, 39 Navy Lodges, the Ships Store Program, the Uniform Program Management Office, the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility and the Telecommunications Program

Office. NEXCOM's mission is to provide authorized customers quality goods and services at a savings and to support Navy quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families. NEXs and Navy Lodges operate primarily as a non-appropriated fund business instrumentality. NEX revenues generated are used to support Navy Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs. Since 1946, NEXCOM has given $3.6 billion to Navy MWR quality of life programs. Shop online at

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“To all of our partners here today, thank you for making this exercise such a tremendous success,” said Lacore. “With exceptional professionalism you have demonstrated that by working together, we have the capability to counter threats in a complex maritime environment, to share information regionally within the maritime domain, and to apply the rule of law in maritime security operations.” The exercise lasted 17 days and took place in vicinity of Djibouti, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles. Events included in-port preparatory phases and three days of at-sea scenarios designed to improve the proficiency of boarding teams and operators in the Maritime Operations Centers. Exercises like CE 19.2 provide an opportunity for partner nations to work side-by-side in order to better synchronize and rehearse for potential real-world scenarios. “Maritime security doesn’t only happen in a boat,” said Col. Ahmed Djama, commander of the Djiboutian Navy. “We must cooperate

Naples Military Hog Chapter Seeking New Members Attention Motorcycle Riders: The Naples Military Hog Chapter invites you to see the wonders of Italy and beyond the borders on two wheels with friends and there are no better friends than the Naples Military Hog Chapter, we are a family friendly organization that offers plenty for everyone. No matter what you ride the NMHC offers the opportunity to meet other chapters throughout Europe, attend rallies for all makes/models and enjoy time with likeminded people. So whether you ride a sport bike, Triumph, Victory, Indian, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki or Harley come to a monthly meeting and see if these adventures are for you. The riding season is opening and the summers rallies, rides and events are being discussed. If you’re in the support site food court stop by the Military Auto Source Office, our sponsoring dealer, for more information on both the Chapter and your opportunity to explore Europe on two wheels. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK at Naples Military Hog Chapter and one of the primary officers will reach out to you. You can also contact the membership officer Kevin Johnson or the Director Jay Alhambra.

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks with Capt. Colin Day, commanding officer of the Expeditionary Mobile Base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), as he arrives onboard the ship during exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2, Nov. 4, 2019. Cutlass Express is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness and information sharing practices to increase capabilities between the U.S., East African, and Western Indian Ocean nations to counter illicit maritime activity. U.S. Navy photo by Lewis B. Puller public affairs

in advance with our partners in the peace-building process not only through military ways but by building partnership, friendship and understanding between us.” CE 19.2, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by CNE-CNA/U.S. 6th Fleet (C6F), is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity; promote national and regional security in East Africa; and increase interoperability between the U.S., African nations, and international partners. It is one

of three CNE-CNA/C6F-facilitated regional exercises undertaken to provide African forces and international partners with collaborative opportunities on comprehensive maritime security concerns. CNE-CNA/C6F, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

NMCRS Uniform Locker The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Uniform Locker has FREE new and gently used uniforms and uniform items for all active-duty service members. The Uniform Locker is located on board Capodichino in Bldg. 450 (next to the gym and American Red Cross), and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For details call DSN 626-3913 or Comm. 081-568-3913. The Naples Middle High School Music Boosters Is your Naples Middle High School student in Band, Choir, Orchestra, or Flag Team? If so, then he / she benefits from NMHS Music Boosters. We are a growing organization that ensures all Naples Middle High School music programs continue performing at the highest levels. Help support Music Boosters with your yearly family membership of $25 (other membership levels also available). Volunteers are continuously needed to assist with several projects. For details email or visit NMHS Music Boosters on Facebook. The Naples Middle High School PTSA is looking for volunteers to help provide information, resources and events that strengthen the connections between students, parents, the school and the community. A yearly membership is $10 and joining is a great way to get involved, meet the teachers, other parents and your child’s friends. For details email NaplesPTSAteam@ or Naples Middle High School PTSA on Facebook. Boy Scout Troop 007 holds troop meetings every Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Support Site Community Center. For details email or visit: https://www.facebook. com/BSATroop007; or https://www. Girl Scouts Overseas Naples is excited to support young leaders in action. We are much more than cookies; we show girls how to contribute positively in this world. From arts and crafts to camping trips and more Naples Girl Scouts wants girls to be have fun learning. For details visit or USA Girl Scouts - Naples, Italy on Facebook. Naples Area First Class Petty Officer’s Association is composed of First Class Petty Officers from different rates with one mission: To enhance community relations, promote awareness of our duties as Sailors, and fortify the professional and social welfare of our service members. We normally convene every other week on Thursday at the Naples area NFCPOA mess alternating between Support Site and Capodichino. For details visit or call MA1(SW) Alejandro Carral at DSN 626-5595. Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD), Naples Chapter meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the NSA Naples Chiefs Mess, near the quarterdeck in Admin I. CSADD’s mission is to create a culture in which our shipmates are helping shipmates maintain a course of success through good decisionmaking. For details call MC1 Ramsaran at DSN 626-5249. Alcoholics Anonymous Hosts English-speaking AA meetings on and off base in the Naples area. For details call 339267-7075 or visit countries/italy.htm.

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MOVIE SCHEDULE No Children Under 10 Admitted to R-Rated Movies Friday, November 22 5:30 p.m. Gemini Man, PG-13 6 p.m. Frozen II, PG 8 p.m. Zombieland 2: Double Tap, R 8:30 p.m. Black and Blue, R Saturday, November 23 3 p.m. Frozen II, PG 4:30 p.m. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, PG 5:30 p.m. Frozen II, PG 7:30 p.m. Ford v. Ferrari, PG-13 8:30 p.m. Countdown, PG-13 Sunday, November 24 3 p.m. Frozen II, PG 4 p.m. The Adams Family, PG 6 p.m. Midway, PG-13 7 p.m. Terminator: Dark Fate, R

The Addams Family (2019) PG, Animation-Family, 105 min. Cast: Finn Wolfhard, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Pom Klementieff and Catherine O’Hara. An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family.

Monday, November 25 Closed, No Movie

Black and Blue Premiere R, Drama-Crime-Thriller, 108 min. Cast: Naomie Harris, Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Tyrese Gibson and Nafessa Williams. A rookie New Orleans police officer is forced to balance her identity as a black woman after she witnesses two corrupt cops committing murder.

Tuesday, November 26 Closed, No Movie Wednesday, November 27 5:30 p.m. Judy, PG-13 6:30 p.m. Ford v. Ferrari, PG-13 7:30 p.m. Joker, R Thursday, November 28 3 p.m. Frozen II, PG 4 p.m. The Adams Family, PG 6 p.m. Midway, PG-13 7 p.m. Zombieland 2: Double Tap, R

Countdown Premiere PG-13, Thriller-Horror, 88 min. Cast: Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Peter Facinelli and Tichina Arnold. When a nurse downloads an app that claims to predict the moment a person will die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With the clock ticking and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. Ford v. Ferrari PG-13, Drama, 152 min. Cast: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal and Josh Lucas. American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the

laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Gemma-Leah Devereux. Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Frozen II Premiere PG, Animation-Family, 104 min. Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Ritter, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil PG, Adventure-Family-Fantasy, 118 min. Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton, Michelle Pfeiffer and Juno Temple. Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play.

Gemini Man PG-13, Action-Drama-SciFi, 117 min. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Will Smith, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong and Douglas Hodge. An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself Joker Last Showing R, Crime-Drama-Thriller, 122 min. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Jolie Chan and Marc Maron. An original standalone origin story of the iconic villain not seen before on the big screen, it’s a gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, and a broader cautionary tale. Judy Last Showing PG-13, Drama, 118 min. Cast: Rene Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell and

Midway (2019) PG-13, War-Drama-Action-Adventure, 138 min. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Mandy Moore and Nick Jonas. MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds. Terminator: Dark Fate R, Action-Adventure, 129 min. Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Natalia Reyes. More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator - a Rev-9 - travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Dani's survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace, an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor. As the Rev-9 ruthlessly destroys everything and everyone in its path on the hunt for Dani, the three are led to a T-800 from Sarah's past that may be their last best hope. Zombieland 2: Double Tap R, Comedy-Action-Adventure, 99 min. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Rosario Dawson. Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

If you have been sexually assaulted or need to speak with a S.A.P.R. victim advocate, call 335-640-6621 24/7 for information and support. The DoD Safe Helpline can be reached toll-free at 001-877-995-5247.


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Meditation Sitting Group meets on Mondays begins at 6 p.m. at the Support Site Chapel. Participation is free Napoli Nation Fan Club is a group and newcomers are welcome. For details call the Chapel at DSN 629-4600. that helps community members attend SSC Napoli soccer games, promotes intercultural relations and proNATO Lions Rugby International vides SSC Napoli information to the Rugby Club is open to all interested community. Membership benefits inplayers – men, women and children clude SSC Napoli gear, discounted (5-12). Men’s rugby is Part of the tickets and entry to Napoli Nation Italian Rugby Union (FIR) and is functions. For details visit USASSCcontact rugby. Practice is every Napoli on Facebook. Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Joint Force Command at Lago Patria. Women’s Connect the Tots is an organization tag rugby practice is every Monday 5:30 p.m. at JFC. Children’s tag rug- for bringing together families with babies and toddlers to play and mingle. by practice is every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at JFC (January through Monthly club events include themed April). For details call Mickael Pier- parties, group outings off-base and playground meet-ups. For the latest rin or David Taylor at Comm. 081721-3222/3682 or visit our Facebook on club events, join us on Facebook at Connect the Tots (CTT), Naples Italy. pages at NATO Lions RFC (Naples, Italy); NATO Lionesses Tag Rugby; Catholic Women of the Chapel or NATO Lion Cubs Tag Rugby. (CWOC) meets weekly in the Support Site Fellowship Hall for faith-sharing Harry S. Truman Lodge No. 649 most Wednesdays during the summer meets every second, third and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. For and every Wednesday during the details call Chris Gerbore at 333-704- school year. Child care provided. Please come join us. For more info 9607 or email email or visit or visit Facebook at CWOC - Naples, Italy

The Naples Christian Homeschool Association meets every month to support families who have chosen to educate their own children. We offer weekly park/pool days, a moms’ night out and field trips to explore Bella Napoli and beyond. For details email Natalie Mack at University of Oklahoma Graduate Degrees The University of Oklahoma offers the master of human relations on-site graduate degree program. Courses meet in a series of four evenings and one weekend. For details call the OU office at DSN: 6266672 or visit the office at Capodichino in the Admin II building.

Security Note All DoD military or civilian personnel hosting an event off base must complete a Special Event Force Protection Plan (SEFPP) 45 days in advance, regardless of organization, if the event will involve 50 or more personnel, include distinguished visitors or involve personnel wearing uniforms. For details call the AT/FP Division at 081-5685525 or visit the division office in the Capodichino Security Precinct, Bldg. 403. The Knights of Columbus, San Gennaro Council 14853, meets at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at the Support Site Chapel Offices. For details email Dana Eberlin at kofcnaples Register For On-Site Undergraduate Classes Visit the colleges for more information about what classes and programs are offered. Call UMUC Maryland at 081-5686673/74/75; Central Texas College at 081-568-6761.

Naples Area Nurses Association (NANA) is an organization of nurses that work together to fundraise, participate in social events, and provide support throughout the U.S. Naval Hospital Naples and NSA Naples community. For details email Lt. Cmdr. Carney Park Golf Association Rhys Parker at (CPGA) is a non-profit organization established for eligible Carney Park Golf Course patrons. The CPGA proGaeta/Naples Area Girl Scouts is The Welfare & Recreation Associ- vides weekly social activities for all Women, Infants, Children (Wic) ation is available to meet associates levels of golfer and often organize Overseas Program is offered at NSA in need of leaders and co-leaders. Training and support provided. For every Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. trips to other courses. Events are Naples. Women who are pregnant, details email to noon at two locations: the first floor held every Saturday and Sunday. breastfeeding, postpartum or have of Bldg. 450 upstairs from Capo Land- For details call 081-568-1749. an infant or child under the age of Filipino-American Association of ing; and the Community Center onfive may qualify for the program. Naples, Italy meets at 5 p.m. the sec- board Support Site. For details visit Educational & Developmental WIC Overseas is a nutrition educaond and last Thursday of every month Intervention Service Screenings tion program that provides nutriNow Available Room W09, Support tious supplemental foods. For deails at Striker’s Bowling Alley. For details call Melygil Non at DSN 626-1690 or Cub Scout Pack 007 Does your son Site Village Forum. For eligible chilcall 081-811-4962. Comm. 081-568-1690, or visit Fil-Am enjoy being outdoors, going on hikes, dren who have not reached their Naples, Italy on Facebook. swimming and camping? The Naples third birthday. If you are concerned The Naples Area Second Class Cub Scouts is an active program about your child’s development, conPetty Officer Association meets every other Tuesday in the Capodichi- The U.S. Military Retiree Associa- that is open to boys between kinder- tact EDIS at 081-811-4676. no Theater at noon to discuss upcom- tion of Southern Italy (USMRA-SI) garten and fifth grade. Meetings and activities are three times per month. Latinos Unidos Welcomes New ing community outreach opportunities is the only association in Southern Italy representing the interests of Boys can earn their way through the Members Meetings are 2 p.m. on and charity events. For details, call U.S. retired military personnel and ranks of Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear and the first Sunday of every month at the OS2 Joseph Cavallaro at DSN 626their survivors. If you are not a mem- Webelos Scout. For details email Support Site park. For details email 4545 or email or MA2 ber and are eligible, visit the USMRA- or visit or call 334-6771-0327, or gabriel.sermeno@ Jessalyn Harrison at DSN 626-2871or SI at or call Wylie the Facebook Page: Naples Cub Miller at 329-208-7315. Scouts - Pack 007. eu. or call 081-811-5554.

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The patrol boats received from U.S. 6th Fleet and the U.S. Coast Guard were named after the cities in the Ukrainian Donbass — Sloviansk and Starobilsk. These names perpetuate the memory of the fallen defenders of Ukraine, natives of these cities — sailor Olexandr Veremeyenko and senior sailor Stepan Kryl from Starobilsk, sailor Roman Napriaglia, senior sailor Sergiy Mayboroda from Sloviansk. They gave their lives for Ukraine’s independence. In addition, before the commissioning ceremony, 34 Ukrainian Navy sailors worked and trained with the U.S. Coast Guard for a 10 week program in Baltimore, Maryland so that they would be ready to take operational command of the Island-class patrol boats on arrival. “These patrol boats have long been the workhorse platform of the U.S. Coast Guard’s coastal fleet; they’re tough, efficient, and versatile,” said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Chris Davis, U.S. Coast Guard liaison officer at U.S. 6th Fleet. “They are excellent additions to the Ukrainian Navy charged to provide maritime security for Ukraine.” During the ceremony, the U.S. government formally announced the upcoming transfer of three more patrol boats. “As part of our continuing support to Ukraine, I’m also pleased to announce today that in addition to these two Island-Class Patrol Boats that we are transferring here today, the United States will provide three additional Island-Class Patrol Boats.” said Pennington. These boats are just a small part of over 1.6 billion dollars in security assistance the United States has provided to Ukraine since 2014. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.



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“This COMREL was to enhance the base participation between the many different tenant commands we have here at NSA Naples as well as help preserve history within the local community,” said Martinez. “There’s a lot of history and not enough help at this location to keep it looking as it should; as an Italian treasure.” The COMREL event lasted for three hours as volunteers bagged refuse and assisted with various gardening tasks at the second-largest Roman amphitheater in the world, second only to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Sandy Blackburn, an active member of the JFC International Club and one of the amphitheater clean-up volunteers, participates in many COMREL events and recognizes the importance in preserving history and finding a connection to the community in overseas duty stations. “These events are important as they build bridges of cultural understanding,” said Blackburn. “They endorse the message of friendship and show the Italian people how lucky we feel to be able to have the opportunity to listen to their stories and experience their culture whilst living in their country.” Many service members enjoy volunteering for community events for the cultural ties, history, and the opportunity it gives them to connect with Italians, said Dr. ssa Teresa Merola, the NSA Naples community relations specialist. “I have been in this position for more than 20 years,” said Merola. “Sailors are always excited to participate in these events and Italians are always happy and very appreciative to see Americans helping the community.” Martinez looks forward to coordinating future COMREL events, and is always looking for more ways to show appreciation for the local Italian community. “We as Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers and Marines

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Alejandro Carral, assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples Security Department, rakes leaves and debris during a community relations event at the Capua Amphitheater, Nov. 18, 2019. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Donavan K. Patubo

are all ambassadors to the locations we serve at,” said Martinez. “To me it is important to show the local community that we do care about the locations we serve in and that we also enjoy what each area has to offer. What better way to show that appreciation than to help by cleaning and helping restore historical sites?” NSA Naples is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to ensure security and stability in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. For more news on NSA Naples, please follow us on Instagram @NSANaples and Facebook at


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JOBS CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (CHR) Effective immediately and until further notice, the Human Resources Office (HRO) Naples, first floor of Admin 1 aboard Capodichino, new Customers Service hours are as follows: ●Monday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ●Tuesday – CLOSED (By appointment for urgent matters only) ●Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ●Thursday – CLOSED (By appointment for urgent matters only) ●Friday – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Office hours for DD-1172-2 Form (ID/CAC Cards) or work certificate requests will be on Monday, Wednesday or Friday by appointment only. Please call DSN 6265772 or 626-5409 for additional information and to schedule an appointment. For any urgent matters outside the above office hours, please contact our Front Desk at DSN 626-5409 for assistance.

U.S. POSITIONS USAJOBS website: IMPORTANT NOTICE: USA Staffing Applicant Documentation – Process Change effective July 1, 2019 For any Job Announcement posted July 1, 2019, or later, all applicants, including current Department of the Navy (DON) employees, will be required to submit both eligibility and qualification supporting documents at time of application. This change in process is designed to increase the quality of our referral certificates, standardize application procedures for all DON vacancy announcements, and reduce the wait time for tentative job offers. Documentation Requirements At the time of application, applicants must provide documentation that supports the eligibility, promotion eligibility, and qualification claims they make in their application package, such as: copies of SF-50s, transcripts, licenses, certifications, etc. This includes transcripts and licenses to support eligibility for announcements for occupational series in which DON employees currently reside in (e.g., engineers). Applicants that do not provide supporting documentation at the time of application will not be referred to the hiring manager. For additional information, applicants may consult the Civilian Human Resources (CHR) Office web site at https://www.cnic. about/job_openings/USVacan-

cies.html, or call the CHR front desk at DSN 626-5409 or Commercial 081-568-5409. All Department of Navy overseas US civilian positions aboard Naples and Gaeta commuting area will be posted on USAJOBS website. Not familiar with USAJOBS? Get started by creating an account at Once registered, you may customize your job searches, set up job alerts and store your resume and other essential employment documents online and be ready to apply for a job anytime. Already have an account on USAJOBS but have questions about applying for overseas positions, contact the DON Employee Intake Center for assistance at The Department of the Navy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship is required.

LOCAL NATIONAL (LN) POSITIONS To find out what positions are currently open please contact our front desk at DSN 626-5409 or commercial 081-568-5409. Copies of vacancy announcements will be also posted at the Civilian Human Resources (CHR) located at Capo Admin I, first floor. The customer service hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thusday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. The announcements are also visible at the following link: https://cnic. bout/job_openings/LocalNationalVacancies.html. Applications are accepted at the Security Pass and ID Office at Capodichino or at the Security Pass and ID Office at Support Site (Gricignano) or at the Civilian Human Resources (CHR) at Capodichino. The CHR Office must receive mailed applications by closing date of the vacancy announcement. CLOSING November 28, 2019 Functional Acquisition Systems Support Specialist, Ua1101-03 KPP 02, or Ua-1101-02 KPP 01, or Ua-1101-01, ANN# 3490B-502288-RD, Full-Time Permanent, AOC: current permanent local national employees of NAVSUP UIC 40411 AND UIC 3490B CLOSING December 5, 2019 Human Resources Specialist (LR/ER), Ua-0201-03 KPP Ua02/01 or Ua-0201-02 KPP Ua-01 or Ua-0201-01, ANN# 3049B513495-EI, Full-Time Permanent CANCELLED Lead HR Specialist - Special-

ista delle Risorse Umane (Benefits), Ua-0201-01 KPP Q2, or Q-0201-Q2, ANN# 3049B482584-EI, Full-Time Permanent If you have any questions, contact the front desk at DSN 626-5409 or Commercial 081-568-5409. You can also contact the Civilian Human Resources (CHR) Naples helpdesk at: mil/Europe/About/Jobs/AboutWorkingHere/index.htm You will be contacted within 24 hours, so please be sure to provide your contact information. Thank you and we appreciate your input, whether negative or positive so that we can find ways to improve the CHR services, or continue to provide excellent service. As a reminder, a CHR Representative is available for the biweekly “Meet & Greet” at the Support Site Food Court from 8 to 9 a.m. Please feel free to come by, pick up a copy of a vacancy announcement that you may be interested in applying for, or ask questions. If the CHR representative is unable to provide you a response, he/she will bring the question back to the CHR office and you will be provided an answer or a call back the same day. The next “Meet & Greet” is to be determined.

NON-APPROPRIATED FUND (NAF) POSITIONS Fleet & Family Readiness NAF Local Naples job announcements within CNREURAFSWA may be viewed at: https://www.cnic. regions/cnreurafswa/ about/job_ openings.html – The necessary application forms are also available on line. For questions please call 081-568-4164/ 2505/5612/8202. The applications may be emailed to NAF currently has no job openings, however please keep checking the Panorama and our website for upcoming announcements and job openings.

NEX U.S. NAF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Gricignano, Bldg. 2091-B. Call DSN 629-4774 or Comm. 081-813-5252/ 5253/5254. Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a current list of U.S. vacancies and the on-line application visit – To assist your job search go directly to the location field, open the drop down menu

and click on Italy, then click on SEARCH FOR JOBS button. You will see all the jobs in Italy. Make sure you are NOT applying for a position located in Sigonella (Sicily). For any questions or concerns please call the numbers above. NAPLES MAIN STORE Ann# 19000423 Santa Claus M5/NF-01/ Flex part-time: Needed on Saturdays December 7-1421, 2019. Pay: $8-$14.61 per hour. Job Summary: Serves as Santa Claus at the Navy Exchange to engage patrons in conversation. Meets and greets customers interested in communicating and taking pictures with Santa Claus. APLES DISTRIBUTION CENTER Ann# 190003VB Warehouse Worker / 71/NA-05. Flex - Open Until Filled. Pay: $14.06 per hour. Job Summary: Responsible

for one or more functions (receiving, storing, issuing and shipping, etc.) within a warehouse area. May be assisted by several lower grade associates. EUROPE DISTRICT OFFICE Ann# E-10-19 PROCUREMENT CLERK N547, EW-06, Full-Time TEMPORARY (1 Position), Start: Jan. 2, 2020, End: June 30, 2020, Closes: Nov. 29, 2019, Work Schedule: MondayFriday (May be required to work on Italian holidays), Job Summary: Performs a variety of clerical and administrative duties in the District Procurement Office. The candidate must be able to speak, read and write in English fluently. Submit Resume/ C.V. to Naples.HR@NEXWEB.ORG by close of business, Nov. 29, 2019 All positions listed above are only open to U.S. citizens who are family members of U.S. Military or Civilian personnel currently assigned to Naples, Italy.

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MORE BASE NOTES Now-Nov. 30: Native American Heritage Month Commemorate Native American Heritage at the library. Support Site library will have special book displays, bibliographies and story time. Test your I.Q. on Native American history for a chance to win a tote bag to carry your books. For more details, call DSN 629-4361 or Comm. 081-811-4361. Now-Nov. 30: Picture Book Month MWR celebrates Picture Book Month. Stop by the Capodichino and Support Site libraries to enter an art contest and review displays! For details, call DSN 629-4361 or Comm. 081-8114361. Now-Dec. 1: Naples Middle High School Track and Field Closure The Naples Middle High School track and field are undergoing repairs and only authorized for use by the school now through Dec. 1. Once completed, the track will reopen to the community during school days from 5:30 p.m. to dusk and again from daylight to 7 a.m. It will also be open daylight to dusk during holidays, off days, and weekends. For questions, please contact the Naples Middle High school main office at DSN 629-7500. Dec. 1: Children's Christmas Play Come enjoy our Children’s Christmas Play during the CCS Service on Dec. 1 at 9:15 a.m. in the Support Site Chapel. For details, email Chaplain Hall at or call DSN 629-4600. Dec. 1-Dec. 28: American Forces Travel Home for the Holidays Sale Making travel plans for your holiday vacation? Save up to 60% off hotels with American Forces Travel. Car rentals, flights, cruises and ticket sales are available. Get started at Dec. 1-31: Festivities Around the World MWR Libraries showcases celebrations held around the globe during December. Learn

about different customs and traditions through displays, bibliographies and holiday recipes that highlight these festivities. Take a quiz and be entered for a chance to win a library tote filled with goodies! For details call 626-4360 or Comm. 0081-811-4360. Dec. 2-19: Registration for the 2019 Holiday Decorating Contest Decorate your Support Site balcony, front porch or home and participate in the Holiday Decorating Contest. Register your residence or building Dec. 2-19 online at, NSA Naples Community Events. Judging will be held Dec. 20 as part of the Santa Cruise. For details, call DSN 629-4459 or Comm. 081-811-4459. Dec. 3-5: Registration for CYP Youth Sports Basketball and Cheerleading CYP Youth Sports and Fitness will hold registration 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 3-5 at the Youth Center on Support Site. This signup is for 6 to 18 year olds interested in participating in basketball and/or cheerleading. Season begins Jan. 6. Details are available at For details call DSN 629-4722 or Comm. 081-811-4722. Dec. 3, 17 and 31: Rowing Clinics Learn proper technique and how to build power, speed and strength at one of the Capodichino Fit Zone Rowing Clinics on December 3, 17 and 31. Reserve your 30-minute time slot between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on as many days as you wish. Clinic will finish with a 2k challenge row the last week of January. For more dates and details visit or call DSN 626-4266 or Comm. 081-568-4266. Dec. 4: Outdoor Recreation Ski Shop Opens Visit the Ski Shop on Support Site for your winter ski trips. The ski shop will be open Dec. 4Feb. 29. Services include ski and snowboard package rentals and equipment tune-up/repairs. Register for MWR One-Day Snow Trips. The first trip is Saturday, Dec. 14. For details visit or call DSN 629-4947 or Comm. 081-811-4947.


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The First Thanksgiving Feast From NSA Public Affairs

When you hear the word Thanksgiving, what do you think of? For many people the answer is “turkey” or “pumpkin pie,” but the truth is it’s unlikely that either of those Thanksgiving staples were at the first feast. So what did they eat? The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 to mark the Pilgrims’ first harvest with help from their Wampanoag neighbors. Historical documents state that before the feast the Pilgrims went out hunting for “fowl” which were plentiful there in autumn. This could have included ducks, geese, and even swans. The Native Americans brought an offering of five deer, which could be roasted over an open fire. There was also an abundance of fresh seafood in the area, and it’s believed to have comprised most of the meat at the first Thanksgiving. Of course there were plenty of vegetables, including pumpkins, but at

the time there was no butter or wheat flower for making crust. It’s likely that the closest thing to pumpkin pie they had was custard made inside a hollowed out pumpkin. They still got to spend the day with their families, feasting and making merry right? Well, not exactly. The only eye witness account said there was “some 90 men” in attendance. It was said to be a gathering to guarantee a military alliance between the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims. It’s likely the English women were doing the cooking. It wasn’t just a dinner they were making either. The first Thanksgiving lasted for three whole days. Even though the origins are the holiday are different than most people remember, the fact remains that the Pilgrims made it through a tough time thanks to some help from the Wampanoags. They joined together with their friends to give thanks for what they had, and in that respect, their traditions weren’t so different from ours.

Upcoming USO Tours Capodichino Office 081-568-5713 Support Site Office 081-811-4903

Nov. 22: Friday Gourmet Night... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . €45 Nov. 23: The Ancient Ruins of Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . €36 Nov 24: Salerno Christmas Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . ...€27 Nov 28: Thanksgiving Lunch in a Cave . . . . . . . . ...€75 Nov 28: Thanksgiving Dinner in a Cave. . . . . . . . ...€75 Nov 29: Christmas Markets at the Limatola Castle . €20 Nov 30: Christmas Alley Shopping. . . . . . . . . . . . ...€25 Dec 1: Christmas Markets at the Pietrarsa Train Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...€25 Dec 6: Gaeta Christmas Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...€27 Dec 7: Family Day at Cantina del Vesuvio Winery€45 Dec 8: Benevento & the Nougat Festival. . . . . . ...€47 Dec 13: Salerno Christmas Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . ...€27

Wine tasting tours are for adults only



Dec. 30-Jan. 2: New Year’s Individual Package to London...prices start from. . . . . . . €599 Dec. 31-Jan. 3: New Year’s Individual Package to Paris...prices start from . . . . . . . . . €469 For tour information, call the USO at DSN 626-5713 or 629-4903 or visit

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