What to Know About Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily
An Installation Overview of NAS Sigonella in Sicily
U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella is strategically located in the middle of the Mediterranean just south of the Italian mainland on the island of Sicily. It is the primary logistical support for the U.S. Sixth Fleet Mediterranean, as well as other U.S. units and coalition partners. The 41º Stormo Antisom (41st ASW Wing) of the Italian Air Force is also based at Sigonella. NAS Sigonella provides consolidated operational command and control, administrative, logistical, and advanced logistical support to the United States and other NATO forces.
With ongoing political changes in the Mediterranean and Near East regions, Sigonella's role as the "Hub of the Med" allows the base to meet emergent mission requirements from both NATO and the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe.
NAS Sigonella is divided into two bases: NAS I and NAS II. Most operational work is performed at NAS II and NAS I has become known as one of the best personnel support facilities in the Mediterranean.
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U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella is located in eastern Sicily, south of Mt. Etna and a few miles inland from the eastern coast of the island. The island of Sicily measures 160 miles in length and varies in width from 30 miles at its western end to about 110 in the east. It is separated from the mainland by the narrow "Straits of Messina" (less than two nautical miles wide).
NAS I is home to a commissary, the Navy Exchange (NEX), Navy Family Service Center, and the U.S. Naval Hospital.
The runway, air terminal, operations, and most tenant commands are located at NAS II. Both the Air Field and Operations facility, NAS II is a joint U.S. and Italian facility with separate supporting areas. NAS II also contains the NATO operational facilities and areas as well.
Population/Major Units Assigned
Base Sigonella is an Italian Air Force base commanded by an Italian Colonel. NAS Sigonella is a tenant command to the Italian military. However, NAS Sigonella acts as landlord to more than 30 other U.S. commands and activities. Each command has its own unique structure according to the support service it is tasked to provide.
Major tenant commands include:
- Armed Forces Network
- Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment
- Naval Hospital Sigonella
- Navy Computer and Telecommunications Station
- Air Terminal – Sigonella
- Commander Task Force 67
- Navy Supply Fleet Logistics Center - Sigonella
The air station's Operations Department operates the C-26 transport aircraft that, in concert with deployed Naval Reserve C-9, C-40, and C-130 aircraft, provide logistics support throughout the European theater and the Middle East. Sigonella's strategic importance is also providing crucial air-links for USAF strategic airlift in support of CENTCOM and Africa Area contingency operations.
NAS Sigonella is home to more than 7,000 military and civilian personnel including family members.
Living at NAS Sigonella
Sicily has a history of past civilizations for thousands of years. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans, Spaniards, French, and Austrians all have contributed to a unique culture of ancient sites today. You will find Roman and Greek amphitheaters, temples, and baths all within their modern cities.
As an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, there is no shortage of beaches and beautiful beach villages. Most public beaches are between the cities of Palermo and Catania. There are private and more secluded beaches as well if you care to sightsee and find them along the western coast.
All single and unaccompanied personnel are required to check with the barracks for availability prior to making arrangements at one of the approved Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) locations on the economy. The Central Billeting Office can be reached 24 Hours a day.
The Navy Lodge is located on NAS I and is within walking distance of the Navy Exchange/Commissary, DoDDs School, Base Indoctrination classroom, Housing Office, and MWR Complex, as well as many other facilities.
You must be physically at Sigonella to apply for government housing. If you are on accompanied orders, your family members will also need to be named and physically on the island to be assigned family housing.
Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) units and Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQ) units are also available. The Billeting Office is located on NAS II. BOQ and can be reached at DSN 314-624-6832/4109. The BEQ is open 24 hours.
Sigonella offers a Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDs), which serves children pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Pre-kindergarten includes the Sure Start program, a comprehensive developmental program designed to help 4-year-old children get a better start on school readiness.
There are several families who homeschool. Some families enroll their children in the Italian schools as well. The DODDS Stephen Decatur School is available without cost to command sponsored active duty and DoD civilian family members. Private schools are not available in the local area. There is limited special education support available.
Sigonella offers a full-service Navy Campus. There are several colleges/universities represented, and degrees vary from certificates through a master's degree. University of Maryland (Europe) offers many classes.
The Child Development Centers offer a variety of programs. Full-time and hourly care is available for ages six weeks to six years. A pre-school program (two and a half hours per day, two to three days per week) is offered for 3- and 4-year-olds. Waiting times vary depending on the age group.
The School Age Care (SAC) program for school-aged children, 6 through 12 years of age, provides quality care before and after school, as well as a full-day camp during the winter, spring and summer breaks. During the school year, SAC is a before- and after-school recreational program. Students are escorted to and from the elementary school. When school is in session, the SAC program is available on weekdays, and closed on weekends. During the school vacations, excluding federal holidays, Camp SAC is a full-day recreation program.
The Youth Activities Center offers a wide variety of programs and events for kids ages 6-12 years. It is located on NAS I and can be reached by calling 314-624-3712, or 095-56-3712.
The U.S. Naval Hospital, Sigonella, is a three-level, 98,000-square-foot hospital providing readily available obstetrics/gynecology and orthopedic care.
Medical facilities are also available on NAS II at the flight line clinic for active duty personnel and occupational health care needs. Medical services there are limited to outpatient care such as sick-call, physical examinations, aviation medicine, and limited emergency services on both a walk-in and appointment basis.
Active duty service members, DoD contractors, and their families can access medical and dental services at the hospital. The nearest emergency room is at the hospital on NAS 1.
Volcanic Dust Health Issues
Those wearing contact lenses are strongly urged to bring at least one set of backup lenses and a current prescription pair of glasses due to possible irritation from Mount Etna's volcanic dust. Respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia or allergies to dust, hay fever or chronic sinusitis are often aggravated by the volcanic dust.