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May 30, 2014 Vol. 47, Issue 21 Vicenza and Camp Darby Military Communities


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Changes in overseas bank 4 account reporting Asian-Pacific Islander heritage 5 celebration in VMC Sky Soldiers join Steadfast 6 Javelin in Estonia 173rd Airborne on deployment 7 to Lithuania Italian army officer candidates 8 train on Caserma Ederle 173rd Airborne in Poland 9 173rd trains, jumps in Latvia 10 American Beach to be returned 11 to Italian control Euro softball finals at Darby 12 Humanitarian assistance to 13 Bosnia moves from Livorno MWR events and outings 14 Out & About 16 Community News Briefs 20 Religious activities 22

On the cover Future Italian army officers trained on a range of vital skills at Caserma Ederle May 12-23. See page 8 for more on the Comando per la Formazione e Scuola di Applicazione dell’Esercito experience in Vicenza. Photo by Davide Dalla Massara



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No excuse for abuse By USARAF Staff Judge Advocate


he U.S. Army is actively combating sexual harassment and abuse. Below are some recent examples. On May 5, a military judge found Spc. Vanessa Campos guilty of charges of sodomy with a minor between 12-16 years of age; three specifications of larceny (Basic Allowance for Housing and Family Separation Allowance) and conspiracy to obtain TRICARE


benefits under false pretenses. Campos was stationed with AFSouth Battalion at Naples at the time of her conviction. Campos was sentenced to a bad conduct discharge, confinement of 10 months, a fine of $10,000, and a reprimand. By operation of law she is automatically reduced to the rank of E-1 with total forfeitures of pay and allowances. On May 6, a military judge found Sgt. Jeffery Scheffler guilty of one specification of aggravated sexual contact with a child; two specifications of indecent liberty with a child; and two specifications of sexual abuse of a child. Scheffler was stationed in Vicenza with 173rd Airborne Brigade at the time of his conviction. Scheffler was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and five years confinement. By operation of law he is automatically reduced to the rank of E-1 with total forfeitures of pay and allowances. Call the USAG Vcenza SHARP coordinator at 634-7314 or the 24-hour emergency contact at 634-7272 or 0444-71-7272.

May 30, 2014, Vol. 47, Issue 21 U.S. Army Africa Commander Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahue II

Speak Out What do you remember about your first summer job?

Sgt. Nicholas Longmore Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) “I remember it wasn’t pleasant, but I enjoyed the money. I bought my first car.”

Sgt. Miguel Cruz

HHC, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat (Airborne) “The first thing I remember is booking a flight to go home (to Honduras) and travel to the beach.”

USAG Vicenza Commander and Publisher Col. Robert L. Menist Jr. USAG Vicenza Public Affairs Officer Grant Sattler Editor Staff writers David Ruderman Anna Ciccotti Julie Lucas Photojournalist Anna Terracino Laura Kreider Social media manager Vacant

Darby Military Community Chiara Mattirolo

The Outlook is an unofficial publication authorized and provided by AR 360-1. All editorial content of The Outlook is prepared, edited and approved by the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza Public Affairs Office Unit 31401, Box 10, APO AE 09630, located in Bldg. 109 on Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. The office’s DSN number is 634-7581, off post at 0444-71-7581 or via email at . Editorial publication is an authorized section for members of the U.S. Army overseas. Contents of The Outlook are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. government, Dept. of Defense, Dept. of the Army, Installation Management Command-Europe, U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza or U.S. Army Africa.

John Hamilton FMWR Sports, Fitness & Aquatics “The smell of cut grass, hot summer days and the summer felt like it would last forever.” May 30, 2014



Beware foreign bank account reporting changes By USAG Vicenza Legal Assistance Office


.S. nationals living abroad are required to file a report with the Department of Treasury if they own or have signature authority over offshore financial accounts worth more than $10,000 at any time during a year. The report is due each year on June 30 and is submitted electronically using FinCEN Report 114, which has replaced the now-obsolete form TD F 90- 22.1. FinCEN stands for Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which monitors taxpayers required to file the report.

FinCEN Report 114 must be filed by “U.S. persons,” which includes both U.S. citizens and U.S. residents (those with lawful permanent residence, or green card, status. Foreign financial accounts do not include U.S. military overseas banking facilities such as Service Credit Union, Global Credit Union or Community Bank. Accounts with foreign banking institutions, such as BNL or Banco Popolare Di Vicenza, are included, however, even though branches are physically located on an overseas installation. Bear in mind that there are additional requirements for disclosing offshore financial assets using IRS Form 1040 Schedule B and IRS Form 8938, when the value of those assets exceeds certain levels based on residency and filing status. Taxpayers residing in the U.S. and filing as unmarried or married filing separately must file Form 8938 if the aggregate value of their offshore accounts exceeds $50,000 on Dec. 31 of any calendar year, or $75,000 on any day during the year. Those residing in the U.S. must do so if the value exceeds $200,000 on Dec. 31 or $300,000 on any day if the calendar year. Taxpayers who reside in the U.S. and file joint returns must file Form 8938 if the aggregate value of offshore accounts exceeds $100,000 on Dec. 31 or $150,000 on any day of the calendar year. Those who reside outside the U.S. must file If the asset value exceeds $400,000 on Dec. 31 or $600,000 on any day.

Expect overseas transaction hurdles

Photo by Anna Ciccotti

Will you be my friend? Top: Two 173rd Airborne Brigade Soldiers greet children at the Collodi kindergarten May 20 as they prepare to help re-paint the Vicenza school. Volunteers of the Vicenza Alpini Association, the Black Quills, hosted 13 young American paratroopers stationed at Caserma Del Din May 20-22 for a day of painting and getting to know each other. The project, sponsored by the City of Vicenza, is part of larger collaboration that brings together one of Italy’s most renowned and industrious associations of military retirees with their American neighbors. Next month, Sky Soldiers will travel together with the Alpini to Mount Pasubio to refurbish mountain paths along the Road of 52 Tunnels, the frontline transport artery built by Italian mountain troops during World War I.



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Some U.S. nationals are presently having trouble maintaining or opening financial accounts abroad. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) not only requires taxpayers to report holdings as described above, but requires non-U.S. financial institutions to report those accounts to the IRS. As a consequence, many such institutions seek to sidestep the mandatory reporting requirements and have either notified U.S. account holders that their accounts will be closed or have denied opening new accounts to U.S. nationals. An unintended consequence of FATCA is that some U.S. nationals residing outside the U.S. will experience greater difficulty finding European banks willing to serve them. The area of offshore account disclosures continues to be important to the IRS and military community members with non-U.S. accounts. It is suggested that all VMC and DMC members look closely at their account statements and reporting requirements, and meet with a tax attorney at the Legal Assistance Office concerning questions and reporting obligations. Even perfectly law abiding U.S. nationals may face heavy penalties for failing to disclose financial assets as required by law. Innocent acquisition of money or ignorance of the reporting requirements are not legitimate defenses for failing to disclose. Be aware of your responsibilities as a taxpayer. Call the Vicenza Legal Assistance Office at 634-7041 or 0444 717041 to make an appointment to speak with an attorney.

I am beyond Vicenza Military Community members celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month May 21at the Del Din Multipurpose facility. Highlights included tae kwon do demonstrations by students of Sung Bok Kim and a sampling of regional cuisine. Photos by Laura Kreider

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Photo by Spc. Brandon Ames

American, British and Estonian soldiers talk May 22 near Voru, Estonia, in the closing phase of Operation Steadfast Javelin.

173rd joins NATO allies for Steadfast Javelin By 126th Press Camp Headquarters VORU, Estonia – Paratroopers from Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) participated in NATO exercise Steadfast Javelin here from May 13-22. The exercise included soldiers from the U.K., Latvia, Lithuania and scouts from the Maryland Army National Guard. The allied forces found themselves in an unfamiliar role, playing the opposing force as part of Estonia Defense Forces Escort Scout Battalion/1st Brigade. The “good guys” for the exercise were a brigade-sized element of the Estonian army finishing their year of compulsory service. The Sky Soldier contingent were from among the 150 Vicenza based paratroopers from 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., who deployed to Estonia April 29 among the 600 173rd Airborne Soldiers who deployed to Poland and the



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Baltic nations to demonstrate NATO resolve and improve interoperability between ground forces. Steadfast Javelin is the latest progression of the annual Estonian Defense Forces’ exercise Kevadtorm (Spring Storm), which has been held since 2003 and typically involves some 1,500 participants. With approximately 6,000 troops taking part, Steadfast Javelin is presently the largest field training exercise to be held in any Baltic nation. Some 1,500 Estonian troops went against the allied forces under the Estonian Scout Platoon, aided by the Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Platoon from the 173rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion. Steadfast Javelin took place over a 60 by 12 kilometer area in southern Estonia, ranging across privately owned land. Daily action was limited to certain hours of the day to

minimize potential damage to property. Maj. Andres Noole, 1st Brigade, Estonian Defense Forces, said one of the biggest difficulties for planners was preventing damage to private property. In the event of damage after an engagement, civil military cooperation teams go in on the ground to assess damages and compensate owners. “It was a unique exercise because it wasn’t on an Army training facility. It’s around people’s houses and we’re not really used to that,” said Spc. Dwayne Brown of 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt. Noole acted as an observer controller for the 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., along with three soldiers from the Estonian Defense Force. The forests in Estonia are so thick that it is sometimes hard to use the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement tracking system, so Noole and his team determined casualties after each engage-

ment between the two forces, he said. “One of the greatest advantages of having multiple NATO countries involved in the exercise is the different uniforms, because our troops do not know what they look like,” said Noole. The exercise included hands-on challenges in effecting on-the-ground interoperability. The Vicenza paratroopers realized several weeks before the exercise that their radio systems were not going to be compatible with their Estonian counterparts, so upon arrival they adopted two Estonian radio systems to be able to communicate with the Estonian Scout Battalion, their higher headquarters. “Communications security was the biggest issue due to interoperability with the NATO allies, because they don’t have the same encryption standards as the U.S.,” said Sgt. Logan Matticola, 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., communications noncommissioned officer.

Sky Soldiers in Lithuania

Photo by Spc. Brett Hurd

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite speaks with 2nd Lt. Andrew Gray (from left), Staff Sgt. Devin Diaz and Cpl. Allen Wilson during a visit with paratroopers of the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), near Rukla, Lithuania, May 23.

A different kind of fight “It was a different fight,” said Capt. Dwayne Steppe, 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., commander. “I think leading up to this our training was solely focused on MOUT, urban type scenarios, short and fast engagements and this was a long man’s game.” Steppe said the Soldiers were required to pull security for long hours and were exposed to the elements as well. “It was not just a test of their intestinal fortitude, it was also a test of the leadership challenges in keeping their heads in the game. It was a great event and the first true test,” said Steppe. He said his company learned a lot of hard lessons and in the end everything came together. “Everyone throws around the word interoperability, but actually seeing it done and executing it is a different story,” Steppe said. “The fact we got to train with the Estonians, ride in the back of armored personnel carriers, call for fire, react to contact and things of that nature are all things we haven’t done in a while. I believe in the end they had a great time,” he said.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Bratic

Sgt. Matthew Henry, a paratrooper with Company B, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), carries Old Glory at the start of the We Run 10-km. and halfmarathon in Vilnius, Lithuania, May 25. May 30, 2014



Future Italian officers train on Caserma Ederle

Photo by Paolo Bovo

Officers in training of the Comando per la Formazione e Scuola di Applicazione dell’Esercito take aim at the range firing simulator on Caserma Ederle May 20 during a week of training leading up to the end of their five year course of study. By David Ruderman USAG Vicenza PAO


ith their distinctive uniforms and black berets, you couldn’t miss seeing them parading around Caserma Ederle in the middle of May. More than 100 officers of the Comando per la Formazione e Scuola di Applicazione dell’Esercito, the future cadres of the Italian army officer corps, spent two weeks in Vicenza beginning May 12, said Lt. Col. Antonio Landolfi, the unit commander. The comando is based in Turin, but the officers-to-be began their five-year program by studying for two years in Modena before moving to their present location. During their first week at Caserma Ederle, 58 officers completed their training; 63 more followed in the second week, wrapping up May 23. Already commissioned as lieutenants, the officers spent a week availing themselves of American training opportunities, said Landolfi. “We chose Caserma Ederle because we have here some structures, from the point of view of training, that are very modern and up to date, particularly the range shooting simulator and the Army rollover training. They are both up to date and we can use the facilities and it hardly costs us anything,” he said. It was one of the very few opportunities any of his soldiers have had to work with the American military in the course of their career to date, he said. They are normally too busy with their university studies and their military training. Their experience working with the Americans, though rare, was a positive one, he said. “From the very first day they had an excellent impression of Caserma Ederle, of the American structure,” said Landolfi. “I



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Photo by Davide Dalla Massara

Future officers of the Italian army practice casualty stabilization and evacuation on Caserma Ederle May 20. have heard them every day, talking among themselves and to me as their commander, and they are all enthusiastic about it.” Landolfi wanted to extend his compliments to everyone at Caserma Ederle, because just by walking around he and his soldiers can see that everything works just fine here, he said. “It’s very well organized,” he said. And the exchanges among military professionals of the two NATO allies is beneficial for all concerned, Landolfi said.

“Whenever you have a joint training, there will be benefits on both sides. So, maybe the American Soldiers can see how Italian people face problems and they are able to solve them, just like we have learned from the Americans. Maybe some procedures will be different. Whenever we are here we want to make sure that we follow the NATO procedures so that in this way everything goes just fine. Because there are differences,” he said.

173rd call for fire in Poland

Building for a shared future “This is important, especially for the future, because for now there are training opportunities and we train together, but these are the same people who are the commanders, the future Italian commanders. They will be sent abroad and they will work together with the American commanders, and there of course the interaction will be even more important,” he said. “This training is important because it will be like a lesson learned from them, and also because they realize the American Soldiers have had more experience working abroad, so they try to get as much as possible from this interaction.” At the same time, individual friendships and collegial relationships grew during the time spent together, Landolfi noted. “For my part I want to say thank you to Col. Menist (USAG Vicenza Commander, Col. Robert Menist Jr.) for giving us this great opportunity for my soldiers. It went very, very well and they really could enjoy it because they could use the PX, they could use the gym, they could go to the pool. And they were actually very happy to get up early and do the physical training together with the American Soldiers. “I really hope that this chance will be given to us again next year, for the new officers coming from the school. And it’s also very important to make sure that the relationships between the Italian and the American armies get better and better.” Landolfi regretted not meeting Menist and deputy garrison commander Chuck Walls, who were traveling elsewhere during the two weeks. “But next year,” he said.

Staff Sgt. Esteban Salazar and Sgt. Justin Durant, forward observers in C Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), plot coordinates during indirect-fire training May 21 near Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland.

Photos by Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

Pvt. 1st Class Jordan Strepko brackets a call-for-fire mission during the training May 21. Paratroopers from the U.S., Poland and Canada trained together to foster interoperability and demonstrate continued commitment among allies. May 30, 2014



173rd Airborne

in Latvia

Latvian Air Force Commander Col. Aivars Mezors watches paratroopers with 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) conduct an airfield seizure at Lielvarde Airfield, Latvia, May 20. Photo by Spc. Seth Lacount

Photo by Sgt. Alonzo Werner

Photo by Sgt. Alonzo Werner

Photo by Sgt. Alonzo Werner



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Above, left: Paratroopers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade conduct an allied training exercise with soldiers from Latvia’s Land Forces Infantry Brigade May 25 at Adazu Training Area, Latvia. Above: Sgt. Adam Rios, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), provides security during the airfield seizure. Left: Capt. James Marione (from left), commander of Attack Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) talks with Latvian President Andris Berzins and chief of defense, Lt. Gen. Raimonds Graube, during the exercise May 25 at Adazu Training Area, Latvia.

American Beach to return to Italians after Labor Day USAG Vicenza PAO


he United States Department of Defense announced May 23 that it will fully return the Tirrenia Recreation Site, commonly known as American Beach, to Italy by the end of the year. The return is part of the U.S. European Command’s continued effort to remove non-enduring sites from its real property inventory and focus more resources on other EUCOM mission requirements. The discontinuation of the American Beach lease is one of 21 minor, non-operational infrastructure adjustments that have been vetted under the European Infrastructure Consolidation review. Other infrastructure changes are in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, and Naples and Sigonella, Italy. “We will not renew the lease at the end of this summer season,” said U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza Commander Col. Robert Menist Jr. “This action has absolutely no connection whatsoever to the mission or future of the Darby Military Community.” American Beach will continue operations through the Labor Day weekend. Camp Darby garrison manager Lawrence Kilgore said the command will ensure the best quality experience at

the American Beach for visitors throughout the remainder of the lease period, including its annual Fourth of July holiday program with a full day of activities. “No full-time local national positions are impacted by this decision,” Kilgore said. “We will work to ensure the seasonal employees have an opportunity to seek other positions.” MWR officials said Camp Darby will remain a destination of choice in southern Europe with its Sea Pines Recreational Facilities and easy access to public beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea. In addition to many local resort activities, Camp Darby is well situated to reach sites such as Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terra, Volterra, Luca, Florence and Rome. USEUCOM’s forward presence is one of the United States’ most visible indicators of support to its European allies, providing assurance and demonstrating tangible commitment to the collective defense, according to the DOD news release. U.S. dedication to its NATO security responsibilities is beyond doubt; ongoing infrastructure adjustments simply ensure that the U.S. is bestpositioned to fulfill those responsibilities given changing circumstances. For further information, please contact U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs at 011-49 (0)611-705-3080/3056/3050, or email

Photo by Fred Wittmer

Darby duo graduate Yuuki Florence Wittmer and Peyton Lee Critchfield pose for a photo after graduating high school at the International School of Florence May 23. May 30, 2014



Euro Softball Championship a hit at Darby Vicenza women take third in tough competition By Chiara Mattirolo Darby Military Community PAO


hat a memorable Memorial Day weekend it was at Camp Darby with the 7th Annual European Softball

Championships drawing scores of players from around Europe for the keystone event May 23-25. Competition got off to a fierce start already on Friday, as 20 teams fielded their best for glory and bragging rights in the tournament, which was sponsored by Global Credit Union. In the women’s competition, the

Lakenheath, UK, squad finished first, beating out a team from Ramstein, Germany. The Vicenza women placed third. In men’s play, the Ramstein, Germany, squad squared away top honors, followed by Lakenheath and Aviano in second and third places respectively.

Photos by Amy Drummond



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Speak Out What do you remember about your first summer job?

Fausto Truscelli 405th Logistic Readiness Center

“It was in a campground.”

Livorno warehouse worker Veronica Carpina loads relief supplies for transport to Bosnia-Herzegovina May 19 at Camp Darby.

HAP responds to Balkan flooding Story and photo by Chiara Mattirolo Darby Military Community PAO


hen Bosnia-Herzegovina was hit with the worst flooding in more than a century May 14-16, the Livorno Italy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) was called on to support a U.S. European Command coordinated disaster response mission. “HAP personnel worked throughout the weekend to prepare five truckloads of equipment, which was shipped out Monday, May 19,” said Janine Wick, HAP warehouse manager. Included in the shipment of more than 4,500 items were 5-kW generators, water pumps and purification units, cots, sleeping bags, water cans, sand bags, shovels and various other disaster response materiel. “When we are called on to respond to the needs of a population who lost everything we feel the pressure of doing the best, the fastest possible,” said Emiliano Falca, a warehouse worker at HAP. “We know that there are persons waiting to receive our goods while suffering and we will do everything we can to alleviate their pain.” Moving the amount of cargo involved in a short period of time is a huge effort that requires detailed coordination between the local Movement Control Team-Livorno, Livorno Military Community Customs and HAP, said Wick. “We are always proud to support those in need and feel a real sense of duty when a disaster strikes. Coming to the aid of others is what we are here to do,” she said.

Rebecca Goetzke Directorate of Public Works

“A babysitter.”

Staff Sgt. Edmond Adams 100th Military Working Dog Detachment

“I mowed grass as a summer hire.”

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Festa della Sensa in Venice

Veneto Festa della Repubblica June 2 is La Festa della Repubblica, or Republic Day, across Italy. It commemorates the day in 1946 when the country voted by referendum to abolish the monarchy and become a republic. Schools, banks and some stores and businesses will be closed.

Festa della Sensa Ascension Festival May 31 to June 1, in Venice, about 46 miles east of Vicenza. Sensa is the word in Venetian dialect for Ascension, the holiday marking the day of Christ’s ascension to heaven. Sensa also commemorates two important events in the life of the Venetian Republic: May 9 in the year 1000, when Doge Pietro Orseolo II came to the rescue of the inhabitants of Dalmatia, who were under threat of domination by their Slavic neighbors. The second event, dating to 1177, commemorates the signing of a peace treaty in Venice by Pope Alexander III and Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, which put an end to the century-long dispute between the Papacy and the Empire. Historically, the rite known as Il Matrimonio del Mare, the Wedding with the Sea, used to take place on the occasion of Sensa, when the Doge would sail on his state barge to Sant’Elena, where the bishop, also traveling by boat, waited to bless him. To emphasize the Serenissima Republic’s dominion over the sea, the festival culminated with a kind of propitiatory rite: the Doge sailed to the channel between the lagoon



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and the sea and threw a gold ring into the water. Venice reinitiated the observance of the Sensa in a modern vein in 1965, when the city initiated its Gemellaggio Adriatico (Adriatic Twinning) program, which links the Serenissima Republic with a city or region around the world that shares a special historical relationship with Venice, two modern polities that share a bond of culture, love of the sea and the activities that center on maritime life. May 31: 2-8 p.m., Sensa market at Lido di Venezia; 5:30 p.m., at the Arsenale Nord (Torre di Porta Nuova), Adriatic Twinning and prize presentation, Osella d’oro della Sensa 2014. June 1: 9 a.m., boats gather in the Basin of San Marco; 9:30 a.m., departure of the waterborne parade toward S. Nicolò Lido; 10:30 a.m., observance of Il Matrimonio del Mare in front of the Church of San Nicolò Lido; 11 a.m., concert by the Serenissima Choir; 5:45 p.m., twin-oared pupparini regatta; 5 p.m., women’s twinoared pupparini regatta; 5:45 p.m., regatta of four-oar gondolas.

Sagra della Bondola Bondola Festival May 30 to June 1, in Torrebelvicino, Via Fogazzaro, about 18 miles northwest of Vicenza. Food stands featuring bondola, a typical local dish made of pork, and local specialties open at 7 p.m. on May 30, 6 p.m. on May 31 and at 10 a.m. on June 1; live music starts nightly at 9 p.m.

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Festival Internazionale dell’Aquilone International Kite Festival Through May 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lido di Venezia, Blue Moon; June 1 at San Nicolò, the Sensa Festival; free.

Festa di Primavera a Maddalene Maddalene Spring Festival May 31 to June 3, in Vicenza, Via Maddalena 51; food booths open at 7 p.m.; at 9 p.m. live music and dancing; fireworks June 3 at 11 p.m.

Festa della Fortaja coi sponsoi Mushroom Omelette Festival June 1, 4-10 p.m., in Holl, Camporovere (Roana), about 37 miles north of Vicenza; food and entertainment.

Fiera di Giugno June Fair June 4, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Asiago, Corso IV Novembre, about 34 north of Vicenza; open market and entertainment for children.

Mostra mercato ciliegia di Marostica Cherry exhibit and sale June 1, from 9 a.m., in Marostica, Piazza Castello, about 18 miles north of Vicenza; bread making workshop; 9 p.m. live music and Latin American dances.

Sagra dea Siaresa Cherry Festival May 30-31 and June 1-2, in Castegnero, about 9 miles south of Vicenza. Local cherries exhibit and sale; food booths open at 7:30 p.m.; live music at 9 p.m.: country night May 30, ballroom dancing May 31 and June 1; June 1, at 3 p.m., games for children and Nutella party.

Gran Polù National Dog Show June 1, in Castelnovo, Isola Vicentina, Via S. Antonio, about 10 miles northwest of Vicenza. At noon food booths featuring bruschette, horse meat, luganega

sausage, bigoli with duck sauce and gnocchi; 9 a.m., national dog agility competition; 10 a.m., dogs exhibit; 3 p.m., young dog handlers demonstration; 5 p.m., awards ceremony.

Pizza solo Pizza Pizza Festival May 30 to June 2, in Montegaldella, Teatro Tenda, Parco Robinson, about 12 miles southeast of Vicenza; food stand opens at 7 p.m.; live music every night at 9:30 p.m.

Festa di Primavera Spring Festival May 30 to June 2, in Costozza, about eight miles south of Vicenza; food booths, live music and dancing, sculpture and painting exhibit at Casa della Comunità di Costozza throughout the festival.

Lucciolata Night walk for charity A choice of 5- and 10-km. walks in Vicenza, May 30 beginning at 9 p.m. at Maddalene Sports Center, Via delle Maddalene. Donations will be gathered for the Aviano Cancer Treatment Center.

Guided Palladio villa tours in English June 22, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., visit the Palladian villas of Caldogno and Lugo Vicentino, the cities of Bassano del Grappa and Marostica. The tour departs at 8:30 a.m. from Viale della Pace (outside Caserma Ederle Gate 2); €85 fee includes bus transportation; admission to three villas; typical Venetian aperitif, appetizer and refreshment; entry to the Museum of Grappa and grappa tasting. Reduced €76 for children up to 8 years old. For information in English and to reserve your seat email by May 30.

Area antique markets June 1 Marostica: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., in Piazza Castello Noventa Vicentina: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Piazza IV Novembre Thiene: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Piazza Chilesotti

International Kite Festival in Venice

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Tuscany Mostra del Chianti Chianti Wine Exhibit June 1-2, in Monterspertoli (Firenze), Piazza del Popolo e Piazza Machiavelli. Sport and folk shows; vintage auto and motorcycle exhibit; historical parade; food booths open at 7 p.m.

Vino e Arte Art and Wine

June 1-2, in Passignano, Badia Church, Tavernelle di Val di Pesa (Firenze). Chianti wine exhibit and sale, food booths, Florentine art exhibit; all proceeds will go to UNICEF.

Balestro del Girifalco Historical Reenactment

June 1, 5:30 p.m. in Massa Marittima (Grosseto), Piazza del Duomo. This festival was first held in the early years of the 14th century: 24 competitors, armed with authentic replicas of 15th century Italian crossbows used by their ancestors, compete to hit the bull’s-eye of a target placed 30 meters across the Piazza del Duomo. On the back of the target is a painting of the festival’s namesake, the girifalco (gyrfalcon), its wings spread wide in flight. The competitor whose arrow hits the centre of the target wins.

Sagra della Lasagna Lasagna Festival

May 31 to June 1, in Montenero d’Orcia, Castel del Piano (Grosseto). Food booths open at 7:30 p.m.; 9 p.m., live music; June 1, fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

Festival della Lumaca Snail Festival May 30 to June 2; in Camucia di Cortona (Arezzo). Food booths featuring snail specialties open at 7 p.m.; live

music at 9 p.m.; June 1 from 9:45 a.m., vintage auto and motorcycle exhibit; June 2 at 10 a.m., nature walk and free breakfast for participants; fireworks at 11:45 p.m.

Sagra del Ranocchio Frog Festival May 31 to June 2 in Brozzi (Florence). Food booths open at 6:30 p.m.; live music at 9 p.m.

Festa della Bufala Buffalo Mozzarella Festival May 29 to June 2 in Pian Dei Bichi, Roccastrada (Grosseto). Food booths featuring local specialties open at 7:30 p.m.; live music at 8:30 p.m.

Pistoia Blues 2014 Concerts take place in Piazza Duomo unless otherwise noted. Click link above for tickets. July 10: Mark Lanegan July 11: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters + North Mississippi Allstars July 13: Morcheeba July 14: Jack Johnson + Bombino July 15: The Lumineers July 17: Arctic Monkey

Antique markets this weekend Arezzo: May 31 to June 1, 8 a. m. to 7 p.m. Piazza Grande Carmignano ( Prato): June 1, 9:30 a.m. to 7p.m., Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and Piazza Matteotti Cascina (Pisa): June 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Corso Matteotti Orbetello (Grosseto): May 31 to June 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Corso Italia Pietrasanta (Lucca): June 1, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., in Piazza Duomo, about 50 vendors. San Miniato (Pisa): June 1, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Piazza del Popolo San Giuliano Terme (Pisa): June 1, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Piazza Shelley and Piazza Italia.

Balestro di Girifalco in Massa Marittime Photo by Bruno di Marcello Pepe



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Concerts Tori Amos - June 3 in Milan, June 4 in Padova Motorheard - June 6 in Milano Billy Idol – June 10 in Padova Pearl Jam - June 20 in Milan; June 22 in Trieste Glenn Miller Orchestra - June 24 in Verona Aerosmith - June 25 in Rho (Milan) Joe Bonamassa - June 26 in Florence Chicago - June 28 in Padova One Direction - June 28 in Milan Charles Aznavour - July 1 in Rome Stromae - July 1 in Milan Stevie Wonder - July 2 in Lucca Eagles - July 2 in Lucca Joe Satriani - July 3 in Rezzato (Brescia) John Fogerty - July 7 in Milan; July 9 in Trieste Robert Plant and North Mississippi Allstars - July 14 in Piazzola Sul Brenta (Padova) James Blunt - July 15 in Piazzola Sul Brenta Jethro Tull - July 19 in Brescia Neil Young and Crazy Horse - July 21 in Barolo (Cuneo) Backstreet Boys - July 23 in Lucca Simple Minds - July 28 in Ferrara Gloria Gaynor - Sept. 9 in Milan

Robert Plant and the North Mississippi Allstars play Piazzola sul Brenta July 14

Tickets at Media World, Palladio Shopping Center or online.

Sporting Events MotoGP – Mugello: May 30 to June 1, in Scarperia (Florence) World League Volleyball: May 30 in Trieste, June 1 in Verona Top Gear Live: July 6 in Turin

Event listings are as reported at press time. Details are subject to change without notice. Check before you go.

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Community news briefs VA benefits advisers There are two Veterans Affairs benefits briefers on Caserma Ederle to assist service members, veterans and family members with questions about VA benefits, services and eligibility. They are located in Building 126, next to ACS and attached to the Education Center, and are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Get proper information and help accessing education, health care, compensation, life insurance, home loans and other benefits and services. Call 634-6694 or 044471-6694 or stop by the office for an appointment.

Vicenza women’s softball tryouts Post team tryouts will be held Sunday, June 1, at noon on Caserma Ederle field for the community women’s softball team. Open to Soldiers, family members, DoD civilians and contractors. All are welcome.

Youth Center Summer Camps The Youth Center invites youth in grades six through 12 to participate in its YC Summer Camps. The cost is $50 per week except weeks 1 and 10, which cost $200 and include trips to Garmisch and Croatia respectively. Fees include daily activities, admission to parks, snacks and lunch. Enrollment is under way for weeks 1-5; enrollment for weeks 6-10 begins

July 9. Enroll at CYSS Parent Central Services in Building 108 or click the link above to enroll online via Webtrac. Call 634-7659 or 0444-71-7659 for details.

ACAP Boots to Business The Vicenza Army Career and Alumni Program Center will host the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Operation Boots to Business Entrepreneurship Workshop June 18-19 in Building 126 on Caserma Ederle. Boots to Business introduces eligible transitioning Soldiers and their spouses to the opportunities of business ownership. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required. Call 6347188/7189 or 0444-71-7188/7189 or visit

Pregnancy Test Hours U.S. Army Health Center Vicenza patients can now request pregnancy tests in Primary Care rather than at OB/GYN. Walk-in pregnancy test request hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.; and Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Patients are asked to wait for results in the Primary Care waiting area.

myPay web issues myPay users are reporting problems accessing myPay using their login ID/ password or SmartCard. Reports indicate users get a blank screen and are returned to the myPay homepage. If

you experience this problem, try to refresh or reload the webpage using the Ctrl+R or Ctrl+F5 commands. If the error persists, users may need to clear their entire cache and delete temporary files resident in their web browsers; check the help section of your browser for instructions. For information and help accessing myPay, go to the Tips & Tricks page via the link above.

School physicals Parents of school age children should begin now to complete school physicals for their children (if not done in the past nine months) at U.S. Army Health Center Vicenza. Appointments are available for routine checks, for all ages beginning at 7:30 a.m. for Tricare beneficiaries, and 11 a.m. for space available patients. Call the appointment line at 0444-61-9000 or 636-9000. A pediatric clinic school physical day will take place June 18; call now to make an appointment for standard school and sports physicals. There will not be adequate time to address chronic medical issues or to provide prescriptions or refills. Please call in advance to assure proper and timely service.

First Sergeants Barracks Program The First Sergeants Barracks Program (FSBP) - Del Din Liaison office is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.; Thursday from 1-4:30 p.m. The office is located in the Multi-Use Facility, Classroom 2. Call 637-4070 or 0444-66-4070 for assistance.

DeCA interns sought The Defense Commissary Agency seeks applicants for store associates (Pathways intern, GS-1199-03), who are at least 16 and currently attend an accredited college within the local commuting area. Details are online at under job announcement number EUHU149206211076211P. Applications will be accepted until July 31.

The Soldiers’ Theatre Make plans now for Comedy Improv Night June 13 at 7:30 p.m. Join in an evening of adult fun, antics, laughter and improvisational comedy in



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the theater lobby. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are $10; email or call 6347281 / 044-471-7281. Multi-level adult dance and music classes continue at the theater. Hiphop, jazz and ballet classes taught by Maggie Wallis are $28 for four weeks. Register at the theater or on Webtrac. Piano, guitar and voice lessons are available continually. Call 634-7281 or 0444-71-7281 for information.

POV shipment changes International Auto Logistics has assumed responsibility for the Vicenza Vehicle Processing Center. Call 634-6922 for information and assistance.

Garrison Facebook page migrates

The Vicenza Military Community Facebook page has migrated to facebook. com/VMCItaly Facebook users can ensure fast access to all VMC news and information by adding the new page to their notifications. Non-users can view updates from the VMC homepage,

EMT professionals sought Central Texas College seeks MDs, RNs and PAs with trauma and patient care experience who have at minimum an EMT-B license; also seeking lab assistants. Stop by Room 6 at the Education Center or call 634-6514.

Safety Office recalls The Consumer Product Safety Commission has published the following

product safety recalls to its website at Nest Labs recalls Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms due to failure to sound alert Adult portable bed handles recalled by Bed Handles Inc. due to entrapment and strangulation hazards; three deaths reported. Call Garrison Safety with questions or concerns at 634-8109/8023/7045.

At the movies Ederle Theater

May 30 May 31 June 1 June 4 June 5 June 6 June 7

Blended After a blind date gone horribly wrong, Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) agree on at least one thing: they never want to see each other again. That, however, is about to change when they find themselves, and their respective children, stuck together at the African Safari family resort.

7 p.m. 10 p.m. 3 p.m. 6 p.m. 3 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 10 p.m. 3 p.m. 6 p.m.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (NR) * Blended (PG-13) * X-Men: Days of Future Past in 3D (NR) * Blended (PG-13) * Blended (PG-13) * X-Men: Days of Future Past in 3D (NR) * Mom’s Night Out (PG) Heaven is for Real (PG) X-Men: Days of Future Past in 3D (NR) * Maleficent (PG) The Quiet Ones (PG-13) Maleficent (PG) A Million Ways to Die in the West (R)

Admission: 3D first run (*), adult, $8, under 12, $5.25; 3D second run, adult $7.50, under 12, $5; first run (*), adult, $6, under 12, $3.25; second run, adult $5.50, under 12, $3. Advance tickets: On sale Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PX Food Court entrance, except on federal holidays. Up to 50 percent of seats will be on sale; the remainder go on sale one hour before show time at the theater box office. Film ratings and reviews are available at

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Chapel activities Vicenza

Camp Darby

Sunday Services 9 a.m.: Mass, Sacrament of Reconciliation following Mass or during duty hours 11 a.m.: Protestant worship 1:30 p.m.: Gospel service 5 p.m.: Contemporary Christian service Tuesday 9 a.m.: Protestant Women of the Chapel 6 p.m.: PMOC and PWOC Bible study. Dinner provided; no watch care Wednesday 5:30 p.m.: Catholic choir practice Thursday 9:30 a.m.: St. Mark’s Catholic Women 7:15 p.m.: Gospel service Bible study

Sunday Services 11:15 a.m.: Protestant worship and children’s service Catholic Mass: Please call the Chapel at 633-7267 to confirm times as they change depending on which priest celebrates Mass Tuesday 9:30 a.m.: Protestant Women of the Chapel Wednesday 5:30 p.m.: Protestant Women of the Chapel 5:15 p.m.: Protestant Men of the Chapel 6:15 p.m.: Choir practice

Call 634-7519 or 0444-717519 for information on Vicenza Chapel activities

For DMC activities call 633-7267

Chaplain Crisis Line To speak with a chaplain after duty hours, call 634-KARE (634-5273)

Music activities at the chapel Tuesday, 5 p.m.: Contemporary Praise band practice Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.: Gospel choir practice Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: Gospel choir rehearsal

Summer Solstice Festival in Villaganzerla


he City of Castegnero, about 12 kilometers south of Vicenza, will host its annual Solstizio d’estate, or summer solstice festival, June 6-15 in the village of Villaganzerla . One highlight will be the June 7 festa in honor of American friends who live in and around the city. A welcome ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in Via Pasubio across from the school. Everyone is invited.



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The Outlook Religious Activities page provides announcements and may offer perspectives to enhance spiritual or religious resiliency in support of Army Comprehensive Fitness programs. Comments regarding specific beliefs, practices or behaviors are strictly those of the author and do not convey endorsement by the U.S. government, the Department of Defense, the Army, Installation Management Command or the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza.

VMC faith group contacts Bahá’í Faith: Call 348-603-2283 Church of Christ: Call at 345-4699974 or 0444-335-135 or send email: Jewish: Call 634-7519, 0444-71-7519 or 327-856-2191 Latter Day Saints: Young Men/ Young Women meeting is every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Spiritual Fitness Center. Sunday services, 9:30 a.m. in Vicenza. Call 634-7897, 380-431-7633 or email Muslim: Call 634-7519 or 0444-717519 Trinity Church Vicenza: An International Presbyterian Church (IPC) congregation. Call 328-473-2949 or email Vicenza Hospitality House: A good place for anyone — single Soldiers, men, women and couples — to enjoy food, fun and fellowship. Friday: Potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. with Walk in the Word following. Call 0444-581-427 for more information or if you need transportation.

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