Army Base in Italy
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Aviano AB, Italy
Aviano Air Base is located approximately 50 miles north of Venice, Italy, and nine miles from Pordenone, the closest large town. The base is going through a period of massive reconstruction and therefore facility locations are constantly changing.
There has been an American presence in Aviano since the end of World War II. In 1954 the Italian and American governments signed a joint use agreement and by 1955, HQ United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) had moved its Italian operations from Udine to Aviano. he base went through a period of hosting rotational fighter squadrons. With the declining use of the Italian live fire range, the rotational squadrons became a thing of the past. Aviano became a war reserve material storage base and played a big part in Desert Storm. In 1992, HQ 16th Air Force and the 401st Fighter Wing moved from Torrejon Air Base, Spain to Aviano. In 1994 the 401st FW was deactivated and the 31st FW reactivated.
The 31st Air Expeditionary Wing's Mission is "To support the United States interests by conducting air combat and combat support in the Southern Region".
The 31st Air Expeditionary Wing vision is: "America's best, living and working in a modern infrastructure, providing world-class combat capability".
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE INFORMATION
To call Aviano Air Base numbers:
DSN and from on-base: 632-XXXX Commercial from the US: 011-39-0434-66-XXXX Commercial from within Europe: 0039-0434-66-XXXX Commercial from off-base within Italy: 0434-66-XXXX Commercial from on base: 99 to get an outside line
To reach the Aviano telephone Information operator:
Commercial: 30-7111 from on base: 113
The last four digits of every base number remain the same; the prefix and area codes are determined by the location of the caller.
Numbers listed throughout this booklet are all DSN prefixes unless no DSN is available.
Congratulations on your assignment to Camp Darby and the Livorno Military Community. We are situated in the Tuscany region of Italy, an area that is rich in both history and culture. Nearby is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as the beach resort town of Tirrenia, which forms the southern reaches of the Italian Riviera. Though a small military community near Livorno of only about 2,200 people, we have most facilities typical of a CONUS based installation - just a bit smaller in size. Some key points to remember as you prepare to join us are:
If you have special educational or medical needs, please let your personnel manager and your sponsor know as soon as possible. Our medical and educational facilities are somewhat limited, so a special situation can be challenging.
Italy, like other countries in Europe, operates on a 220-volt electrical system. Transformers or dual voltage appliances are a must and can be purchased locally.
Camp Darby has no on-post housing other than barracks/dormitories for single soldiers and airmen. Government and private leased units are available in the local community and the housing office is set up to help find available accommodations. Houses and apartments in Italy are often much smaller than those in America. Government furniture and appliances are available, including but not limited to washers, dryers, refrigerators, wardrobes, and beds. Work with you sponsor to determine what you really need to bring with you. Anything you bring will need to fit into your quarters because there is no other government storage in Italy.
Automobile fuel is rationed according to the engine size of your vehicle. The ration is usually 300-400 liters (75-100 gallons) per family per month regardless of how many cars you own and/or operate. Unleaded fuel is readily available. Locally, there is a limited used car market that may offer you an alternative to shipping a car.
We look forward to your arrival in Italy and stand ready to assist you in your relocation. Camp Darby is not only a great place to visit (with over 80,000 tourists annually); it is also a great place to live. We have a wonderful combination of soldiers, airmen, families, and civilians. Camp Darby is blessed with a small town atmosphere, yet close to the larger cities of Pisa, Livorno, and Florence. Please stay in close contact with your sponsor to ensure that your transition to Italy is smooth and painless.
I look forward to meeting you upon your arrival.
* * * Camp Darby is located in Central Italy, approximately 60 miles southwest of Florence and five miles south of Pisa. Camp Darby is situated between the cities of Livorno and Pisa.
The Major Command is USASETAF (United States Army Southern European Task Force) located in Vicenza, Italy.
Primary Weapon Systems are individual weapons.
The Area Support Team Livorno mission is logistical support war reserve storage and maintenance of weapons, vehicles for combat support.
1. To call Camp Darby on a commercial line
a. From the United States dial: 011-39-50-54 plus the four digit post extension number. For example, to call Army Community Service you would dial 011-39-50-54-7084.
b. From within Europe (outside of Italy): 0039-50-54-XXXX.
c. From the Pisa area: 54-XXXX.
d. From Livorno and from all other areas in Italy: 050-54-XXXX.
2. To call Pisa, Italy
a. from the United States: 011-39-50-number.
b. from European countries other than Italy: 0039- 50-number.
3. To call Livorno, Italy
a. from the United States: 011-39-586-number. b. from within Europe (outside of Italy): 0039-586-number.
6. To call the United States from Italy
a. by direct dial: 00-1-(area code)-xxx-xxxx.
b. using a calling card: 172-1011 for AT&T, 172-1012 for MCI, 172-1877 for Sprint.
In June of 1951, the United States and Italy concluded negotiations to establish a line of communication and supply through Italy, in support of troops in Austria. Under the agreement, Italy provided the land and the United States began construction of a military post, a general depot and a port which were to be the basic facilities for the logistical command. The military complex, located between Pisa and Livorno, was formally dedicated on 15 November 1952. It was named Camp Darby in memory of Brigadier General William O. Darby, Assistant Division Commander of the 10TH Mountain Division, who was killed in action on 30 April 1945 in Trento, Italy. Since its establishment, Camp Darby has served successively for the 7656th Logistical Command, the 7617th US Forces Austria Support Command, USA Logistical Command, 8th Support Group, and currently the 22D Area Support Group.
NAS Sigonnella, Italy
The primary purpose of U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella is to provide consolidated operational, command and control, administrative, logistical and advanced logistical support to U.S. and other NATO forces. NAS Sigonella is the major support element for U.S. SIXTH Fleet Mediterranean. It is the strategic center of the Mediterranean. Recent political events in the strategic center of the Mediterranean and Near East have greatly increased operational requirements and there has been emergent mission tasking.
NAS Sigonella supports a rotational VP squadron, an HC squadron, C-2, C-9, and C-130 detachments, shore-based fleet aircraft, transient NATO aircraft and U.S. Air Force transient aircraft. The Augusta Bay Port Facility provides fuel, and supplies to SIXTH Fleet combat and logistics support ships. The Telecommunications Facility and Pachino Target Range also provide support to the fleet. Additionally, this station is the routing point for trainsient fleet personnel and fleet cargo movements though out Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. There are currently about 7,200 military and civilian personnel, including family members.
NAS Sigonella is actually divided into two bases, NAS I and NAS II. Most operational work is conducted at NAS II. The runway, air terminal, operations and most tenant commands are located here. Once a scarcely populated area, a construction boom made NAS II the center of base operations by the late 1970's. About a 10-minute drive north of NAS II is NAS I. This was the original U.S. Naval Base, but as more and more departments migrated to NAS II, NAS I became known as the personnel support facility. NAS I is home to the major shopping facilities - DECA Commissary, Navy Exchange Retail Store (NEX) and Mini Mall, Stephen Decatur School, Navy Family Service Center and the new U.S. Naval Hospital.
NAS Sigonella is located in eastern Sicily . 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). It is the largest island in the Mediterrenean.
Sicily has a lot to offer in its 10,000 square miles. You can hike up Mt. Etna's active crater in the summer and ski down Mt Etnas snowy slopes in the winter. You can sunbath on the island's beaches, or explore its beautiful underwater world by scuba diving. Plays and operas are often performed outdoors during the summer in the ruins of many of the island's magnificent, ancient Greek theaters.
Whatever your interests, you are in the right place.
Welcome to Sigonella and Welcome to Sicily.
Telephone: NAS Quarterdeck - DSN 624-5248 Com 011-39-095-86-5255
Navy Family Service Center - DSN 624-4291 Com 011-39-095-56-4291
NAME; NAS SIGONELLA ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT TELEPHONE; 011-39-095-86-5311
NSA Gaeta, Italy
Since leaving Ville Franche, France in 1967, the U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship has resided in Gaeta, Italy. The Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea encompasses task forces, battle groups, amphibious forces, support ships, land-based surveillance aircraft, and submarines. Its role has been important since the early 19th century to the U.S. Navy's commitment to forward presence.
As homeport to its flagship, Gaeta hosts the staff of USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC/JCC20) as well as U.S. Naval Support Activity, Gaeta. However, Gaeta's relationship with the U.S. Navy did not start in 1967. Long before the USS Little Rock sailed into Gaeta's harbor, Pope Pius IX and Ferdinand II, King of the two Kingdoms of Sicily, paid visit to the USS Constitution in 1849. Eight flagships later, the ties between the Italian and American communities have strengthened as Americans come to Gaeta eager to experience a new culture and make new friends.
As a forward-deployed unit, the USS MOUNT WHITNEY's primary mission is to provide command ship facilities and support to Commandar, Naval Forces Europe (CNE)/Commander, Sixth Fleet (COMSIXTHFLT), and his embarked staff. The MOUNT WHITNEY assumed the role of command ship for the U.S. Sixth Fleet on February 25, 2005, bringing expanded capabilities to the fleet. With the ability and space available to embark a Joint Task Force staff, when necessary, USS MOUNT WHITNEY greatly increases the flexibility of the U.S. Sixth Fleet commander and his staff. Additionally, MOUNT WHITNEY has been outfitted with state-of-the-art command, control, and communications electronic equipment. Any operation or exercise involving sea, air, land, and amphibious forces can be controlled and directed from the flagship while at sea or in port. This further increases the U.S. Sixth Fleet's capability to respond to crisis or contingency operations.
Commander, Destroyer Squadron Six Zero (COMDESRON SIX ZERO)is the Navy's newest Destroyer Squadron established on the 19th of February, 2003 and also homeported in Gaeta, Italy. As a forward deployed unit the primary mission of COMDESRON SIX ZERO is to conduct prompt, precise, sustained combat or non-combat operations as Commander Task Force SIX ZERO, Sea Combat Commander, and when directed Maritime Interception Operations Commander. To accomplish these various missions, COMDESRON SIX ZERO employs surface combatants, submarines, aircraft, SEALs, Marines, Joint, and NATO forces assigned to the SIXTH FLEET area of operations to ensure sea lines of communications within the EUCOM AOR remain open. The establishment of COMDESROM SIX ZERO provides CNE/COMSIXTHFLT with a permanently assigned DESRON Commander, increasing the Warfare Commanders options when undertaking national and theater level tasking.
The primary mission of Naval Support Activity Naples Detachment (NSAND) Gaeta Italy is to provide and maintain facilities and services to support the CNE/COMSIXTHFLT, COMDESRON SIX ZERO, and USS MOUNT WHITNEY personnel, along with their families stationed in the Gaeta area. In addition, Naval Support Activity Gaeta also supports a NATO telecommunications school (NCISS) located approximately 50 miles north of Gaeta in the province of Latina. The Naval Support Activity is located in the town of Gaeta, which is situated between Rome and Naples. Formerly a detachment of Naval Support Activity Naples, Naval Support Activity Detachment Gaeta began operations on January 13, 1967. On January 28, 1994, the establishment of Naval Support Activity Gaeta (NSA GAETA) as an independent command on site in Gaeta became official. On 10 February 2006 NSA GAETA has reverted to a Detachment of NSA Naples. Although officially the command doesn't exist anymore, its main mission as homeport of the 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney continues unchanged.
Currently, U. S. Naval Support Activity Naples Detachment (NSAND) Gaeta - Italy is undergoing transformation on a daily basis. Please contact your sponsor for the most up to date information.
NSA La Maddalena, Italy
La Maddalena is a small island located north-east of Sardinia, a larger island connected to mainland Italy via ferries and airplanes. La Maddalena is the main island and town of the Archipelago of La Maddalena, which consists of seven islands and several islets. The road about the island is about 12 miles long.
As a permanently inhabited island, La Maddalena is very young. It was known to the Romans as "Isola Ilva", while the entire archipelago was known as "Isole Cunicularie" or "Island of the Rabbits", possibly because at that time it had a large rabbit population.
In the middle ages, the island was controlled by pirates who used it as a base. In the mid-1600s a group of Corsican shepherds established flocks of sheep on La Maddalena. However, these early "residents" remained here for only part of the year, returning often to Corsica. This began a long history of contact between La Maddalena and Corsica. When the Sardinians gained control of the island in 1767, they established a small Navy base here making the island a safe place to live. A significant number of the Corsican shepherds remained to become the first permanent residents of La Maddalena.
By 1780, there were about 400 people living on the island, most of whom were from either Corsica or Pisa.
Located in the Straits of Bonifacio, the island has served as a strategic military point for many centuries. There are some 50 forts on the island, most of which have been abandoned.
However, the Guardia Vecchia at the summit of La Maddalena Island is still used by the Italian Navy as a communications and weather observation station.
In 1789, the French fleet under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, then a young artillery commander, sailed from Corsica to attack La Maddalena. Landing on Santo Stefano Island, the French force fired on La Maddalena into the night. A local force led by D. Millelire sailed from Palau to the backside of Santo Stefano and surprised Napoleon from the rear. The French retreated, and the "Battle of La Maddalena" was won by the Sardinians.
In 1803 Lord Nelson, commander of the English fleet in the Mediterranean, received authorization from the local Admiralty to port his fleet in La Maddalena. Nelson was waiting for the French fleet to leave the port of Toulon, so he could engage them in battle. Prior to his departure, he gave some silver candle holders and a crucifix to the people of La Maddalena in thanks for their kindness and generous hospitality. These items are highly valued by the local people and are displayed in the local church.
In 1822, the United States sought to obtain La Maddalena as a base to protect its shipping from active pirates in the Mediterranean. The Sardinians refused the request as they were building a full-sized naval base here with naval stores, forts, batteries, an armory, a shipyard, artillery, fleet and command facilities.
In 1855 Garibaldi, a national hero, in the struggle to unify Italy, exiled himself to the Island of Caprera. Buying one half of the island and building a large family farm, he lived on Caprera until his death in June 1882. His house was occupied by his descendants until the 1960's and is now a national museum.
In August 1943, the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini was held captive for 20 days in the Villa Webber, adjacent to the Paradiso Navy complex.
In 1972, the Italian government granted the United States Navy its "homeport" in La Maddalena.
La Maddalena has a population of approx. 15000/17000 residents, but it can reach 75000 during the summer months due to the number of tourists who come here for the beautiful beaches, water sports, and campsites. During the winter months, the summer haven turns into a retreat for those who live here, providing cool, blustery winds, breathtaking views of the sea and generally mild temperatures.
NSA Naples, Italy
Italy is a land of antique beauty. Its formation in the depth of the sea created its contours, plains and mountains as well as its variety of soils and climates. Italy has a total land surface of about 116,000 square miles. The eastern and western coasts of the peninsula are separated by the Appennini mountain range. The Alps line its northern border. Northern Italy has a continental climate similar to its neighbors north of the Alps. Winter is cold and rain falls in the spring and summer. Central and southern Italy have a Mediterranean climate where winters range from cold to mild and are often rainy, summers tend to get fairly hot. Italy bases its economy on industry in the north and agriculture in the south. Leading industrial products include steel, cars, cement and iron; agricultural products important to the economy are wine, cheese fruit and wool. Italy proclaimed unification in 1861. Under Mussolini, it was a fascist dictatorship from 1922 through 1945. After World War II, Italy became a republic. In 1948 Italy became a democracy with a parliament, Prime Minister and a president. There are many active major political parties in Italy. The government is run by a coalition of several different parties, with the leader of the coalition becoming the Prime Minister. Since World War II there have been more than thirty governments in power. Political instability has resulted in a lack of continuity on broad social and economic reforms. Modern Naples, a major seaport, has retained much of its ancient beauty and splendor. Medieval castles and classic ruins exist side by side with industrial elements. Naples is in the heart of an economically depressed area and its downtown area is similar to New York City or Los Angeles but with a significantly lower rate of violent crime. There is a high degree of theft in and around the Naples area. However using common sense and a typical Crime Watch program can thwart it. Although faced with problems from overcrowding and unemployment, the Neapolitans maintain a pleasant and optimistic outlook on life. It is to your advantage to maintain a similar outlook upon arrival and learn to fit into the culture. Remember that you are the visitor, so learn to adapt to the culture. Although you might think that local driving habits are unacceptable by American standards you are in another country now, remember that this is their style and therefore the correct way to drive. Take your time learning the rules of the road (unique to Naples) and you will have no problems.
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY
Mission: To exercise command and area coordination over assigned activities, to coordinate provisions, logistics and administrative support to; (a) Authorized U.S. personnel attached to NATO Commands located in the Naples area, and (b) U.S. Navy operating forces, Naval activities and units in the Naples/Gaeta area and other U.S. agencies as directed and to carry out responsibilities for other U.S. Naval matters assigned by competent authority.
History: With the build up of Soviet forces to the East, and with Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSouth) fulfilling the land, sea and air role for NATO's right flank, it became necessary to establish a naval support unit ashore. This was done on October 3, 1951 by establishing Headquarters, Support Activities (HEDSUPPACT). Its primary mission was to support AFSouth, and later, the SIXTH Fleet. In December 1952, the Commanding Officer was re-designated as Commander, and in August, 1953 the support unit became Commander, Subordinate command, U.S. Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic / Commander, Headquarters Support Activities, Naples Italy (COMSUBMOMNELM/COMHEDSUPPACT). In November 1957, it was re-designated U.S. Naval Activities, Italy (NAVACTS Italy) and a new activity was established out of COMHEDSUPPACT, the U.S. Naval Support Activity, Naples (NAVSUPPACT Naples). At this time the officer in command had primary duty as Commander, U.S. Naval Support Activity, Naples. On 8 Aug 1966, U.S. Naval Activities, Italy consolidate with U.S. Naval Support Activity, Naples. The CO of the Naval Support Activity was assigned additional duty as Deputy Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean (COMFAIRMED) and as such he acted as the district's commandant in all functions related to COMFAIRMED's shore activities. NAVSUPPACT Naples retained operational control over the Commissary and the Naval Publications and Printing Service office. All other activities in Italy and southern France were placed under the coordination of COMFAIRMED. In addition to providing assistance and service to military organizations and their related functions, NAVSUPPACT Naples supports the DoDDS school system in the Naples area. In April 2004 Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSouth ) was re-designed as Joint Force Command Naples (JFCN).
JOINT FORCE COMMAND NAPLES (JFCN)
JFCN is one of the two regional commands of NATO's Allied Command Europe (ACE). The Commander in Chief of JFCN (COMJFC) is a four star U.S. Navy Admiral. His area of responsibility comprises Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Turkey. It also includes the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, the whole of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic approaches to the Straight of Gibraltar, east of longitude 7 degrees 23 48 W, and an area around the Canary Islands and its associated airspace.. Following the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) formally asked the president of the United States to designate a Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) to establish an allied integrated military command (ACE) for the defense of the NATO countries in Europe. On 19 June 1951 U.S. Army General, Dwight D. Eisenhower, announced the establishment of JFCN. JFCN began operations under U.S. Navy Admiral Robert B. Carney, with Headquarters onboard USS Mount Olympus moored in the Bay of Naples. COMJFC 's headquarters moved to its present location in the Bagnoli district of Naples in 1953. For the most up to date information about Naples, please visit our web site (located in the main web address section).
Before your departure from the States there are a few things you are required to have before entry is allowed into Italy. The Italian Government now requires all incoming civilians to obtain a visa prior to arriving to Italy. Military members will continue to be admitted into the country on military ID and travel orders alone. ALL MILITARY FAMILY MEMBERS AS WELL AS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DoD) CIVILIANS WILL REQUIRE BOTH AN OFFICIAL OR NO FEE PASSPORT AND A VISA. However, dependents who are citizens of European Union countries do not require a visa.
Military personnel may enter Italy on official orders, and for most purposes, the Armed Forces Identification Card will enable travel throughout Italy and other NATO countries frequented by Americans. As a rule, Non-NATO countries require passports for military personnel. If your new duties in Naples require you to travel on official business to countries requiring passports, you can obtain one from the American Embassy in Rome after your arrival. Tourist passports are obtainable from the American Consulate in Naples or in the States.
For family members, adult and children, all European countries require passports. Family members' No Fee passports must be obtained before leaving the United States. Each family member, regardless of age, should have a No Fee passport.
The new visa policy does not effect those who are already in Italy. The policy is not retroactive. The sojourner permit and official no fee passport will suffice for those already in country. Civilians should always carry their sojourner permit and passport. While commuting in Naples a copy will generally suffice.
Airline personnel WILL NOT permit dependents to board AMC flights without a visa stamped in the passport. These members will be turned away and travel arrangements will have to be rescheduled until the visa can be obtained.
The visa for civilian component employees must be "FOR MISSION PURPOSES" (vista per missione). This means any DoD civilian travelling on orders must possess a mission visa, official or no-fee passport and STILL APPLY FOR A SOJOURNER PERMIT WITHIN EIGHT DAYS OF ARRIVAL.
The visa for dependents (including children) whether or not they plan to work must be "FOR MISSION" (Vista Per missione), not a tourist or any other type of visa. Again, this visa must be included in the no-fee passport and a SOJOURNER PERMIT MUST BE OBTAINED WITHIN EIGHT DAYS OF ARRIVAL.
Military family members and DoD civilian family members must request the visa. Submit one (1) visa application with one (1) photo and a copy of transfer orders with DD Form 1056 (original plus three copies). Passport and visa may be applied for at the same time. Military dependents holding US passports and intending to stay more then 90 days and US government civilian employees must have a visa prior to arrival in Italy. US passport holders staying less than 90 days do not require a visa. The visa needs to be issued on the official or no-fee passport
BEFORE LEAVING THE US.
Family members of military personnel will need to submit a photo copy of the spouse's certificate of marriage with the request for a visa for Italy because the names of the family members are not shown on Navy Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.
Please keep in mind that visa requirements change frequently usually with little or no notice. Current average processing time for a visa is 10 working days; however, this time may increase due to the impending new workload. Depending on your nationality, the visa processing time may take as long as 90 days.
Sponsors should refer prospective gains to their command NAVPTO.
Non-military personnel and their family members should carry their passports with them while traveling Italy.
If you are stationed in the Washington DC area and are applying for passports, apply early enough to allow two to four weeks for processing, in addition to the necessary mailing time. Assistance can be obtained by telephoning or writing to the passport office or division of the respective armed service personnel office. If you are stationed outside the Washington DC area allow six to eight weeks for processing and mailing. Applications for passports may be made to the nearest Federal Court or State Court authorized to naturalize aliens. Passport agents are listed in the yellow pages of the telephone directory in most large cities. When applying, check the estimated processing and mailing time or make arrangements for pick-up. The cost of family members' passport (including photographs) will be reimbursed by the government if it is in connection with official travel, so save the receipts.
Naples Improvement Initiative
The Naples Improvement Initiative is the largest quality-of-life improvement project in Europe. This half-billion dollar project will affect virtually every US military command as well as military members, their families and DoD civilians.
The project actually began almost 10 years ago. A sizable earthquake shook the Naval Support Activity, located in Agnano. Damage resulted to the infrastructure of the base and despite the large amount of money spent on repairs, it was decided that the Navy community in Naples was in desperate need of new facilities. After years of deliberation with our Italian host, the decision was made to locate and build the operational aspect of the community in Capodichino, site of the civilian airport which has shared its runways with the U.S. Navy for many years.
Within the first few days of arriving to Naples you should check in with the post office. They could be holding mail for you, and they have postage paid change of address cards for use in notifying everyone of your correct address. There are three Navy Post Offices in the Naples area which provide the same services that the U.S. Postal Service does state side with the exception of COD mail. The average delivery time for a letter mailed in the U.S. and addressed to Naples is currently 7-10 days. Priority packages average 8-12 days. Cheap rate or Fourth Class can take as long as 60 days because it is sent over to Europe via container ship.
During your stay in Naples you will notice a difference from living in the U.S. Because of the presence of immigrant prostitutes in a few areas surrounding Naples, some female U.S. personnel have reported being verbally harassed while off base. All incidents of this nature should be reported to Security. Naval authorities and the local Italian government are working together to resolve this problem.
LOCATION - "Benvenuti" - Welcome to Italy! United States Army Garrison Vicenza (Caserma Ederle) is located in Italy's Veneto Region in the city of Vicenza. Cost of living is relatively high in the Vicenza area. Vicenza is a beautiful city, famous for its Renaissance architecture by Andrea Palladio!
HISTORY - The Southern European Task Force (SETAF) has been forward deployed since the 1950's and remains an integral part of the U.S. Army's Power Projection ability. Recent combined exercises and deployments: Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, Morocco, Tunisia, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Ukraine, Hungary, Botswana, Russia, Kosovo, and Bosnia. For a complete History of SETAF, see the SETAF Home Page.
MISSION - SETAF is a rapid reaction Army-led joint task force headquarters with robust combat capabilities and trained and ready forces capable of deploying anywhere directed within 24 hours of alert notification for joint war fighting or stability operations. SETAF is forward deployed and strategically positioned in Vicenza, Italy, and operates and exercises with other countries throughout EUCOM AOR.