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Location: 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. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean and covers 10,000 square miles. The primary mission of NAS Sigonella is to provide consolidated operational, command and control, administrative, and advanced logistical support to U.S. and other NATO forces. Installation website

Cost of Living: The cost of living is above the national average for CONUS locations. The nearest city is Catania.


  • 1,768 Active Duty
  • 1,289 Family Members
  • 486 CONUS Hires
  • 360 CONUS Hire Dependents

Area Population:  1,097,931 in Catania

Child Care:  Child and Youth Programs provide Child Development and recreational services for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. The Child Development Center provides full and part time day care for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The CDH home care program offers a safe, family atmosphere with developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and school-aged children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. The School Age Center provides before and after school care and Day Camp experiences for children 6 - 12 years of age. Call Child & Youth Registration - Resource and Referral at 011-39-095-56-3736.
Schools: Sigonella offers a Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDs) which serves children pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Visit the elementary website for the latest school information and the middle/high school website for middle and high school information. You may also download registration forms from the websites.

Youth Services:  The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at Sigonella is an active, on going program that keeps the military children busy and involved. For information on programs and activities call, 011-39-095-56-3736, DSN 314-624-3736.

Fleet and Family Support Center: FFSC 011-39-095-56-4291, DSN 314-624-4291

Housing: Members arriving in Sigonella are required to visit the Housing Service Center, no later than 48 hours after their arrival, to complete a housing application and be briefed on their housing entitlements and the availability of quarters. A copy of the member's orders and Page 2 updated by the local PSD are required. Government housing consists of townhouse type quarters with small fenced rear yards. Storage is limited. Refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, and dryer are provided. Units have central heat and air condition, AFN cable, basic phone service, ADSL internet service, and 110/220 volts. Be advised that Italy's electricity runs on 50 Hz vice 60 Hz (US). Call the Sigonella Housing Service Center at 011-39-095-56-4311 for availability.

Employment: There are possibilities for employment in Sigonella.  Unemployment Rate 6.8%. Median Household Income $20,800.

Base Services: 

Medical Services:  U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, 011-39-095-56-3842, DSN 314-624-4205. Dental Clinic 011-39-095-4205, DSN 314-624-4205. The U.S. Naval Hospital, Sigonella, is a three level, 98,000 square foot hospital. It is a major quality-of-life improvement for the community, providing readily available obstetrics/gynecology and orthopedic care.

Special Messages from this Installation: 

Foreign Currency

The Euro may be purchased at the Community Bank on NAS 1 or 2. You may also purchase up to E2500 at the Navy Exchange. It is recommended that you bring some Euro with you.

Visa Requirements

According to Italian Immigration policy, family members of military and civilian personnel are required to obtain a VISA from the Italian Consulate/Embassy. For Family members there is a cost involved. Family members must have the "visto per motivi di famiglia" to be granted entry into Italy. Airline personnel will not permit family members to board the flights without a VISA stamped in the passport. Be sure to check with your local PSD and NLSO for more information.

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between Italy and United States requires all civilians who have reached their 14th birthday, and all minors (regardless of age) accompanying the U.S Armed Forces in Italy or employed by the U.S. Government to apply for a Sojourn Permit within eight days of their arrival. This will be taken care of during Indoctrination. All children, regardless of time in country must have applied for a Sojourn upon reaching their 14 birthday. Family members who are Italian citizens are exempt from these rules.

Upon Obtaining Contact with your Sponsor

Upon receipt of orders, please complete the most current DoD Information Assurance Awareness course located on NKO and scan/e-mail your completed certificate to your sponsor as soon as possible. Please do this accordingly as this in an effort to allow pre-screening of One-Net accounts enabling you to receive CAC access in a timely manner upon arrival.

If you or any of your family members utilize a medical specialist or are enrolled in a medical treatment program then please contact Patient Administrator to ensure a smooth transition through your current MTF's Overseas Suitability Screening department. Suitability screenings are due within 30 days of your receipt of orders.

Drinking Ages

Please keep in mind the following restrictions in regards to drinking ages for all personnel assigned to NAS Sigonella according to NASSIGINST 5353.1B of 25 February 2010:

     a.  Military Members.  Active duty members of the regular and reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces or allied armed forces shall not possess, purchase, or consume alcoholic beverages before they have reached their 18th birthday.  The only valid proof of age is a U.S. Armed Forces Identification Card.  All military members 21 and under are required to attend the SIG 21 Program module.  Attendance of this course is mandatory for all U.S. military personnel 21 and under, who are permanently or temporarily assigned aboard NASSIG and tenant commands.

     b.  Civilian Employees.  Members of the civilian component of the U.S. Armed Forces shall not possess, purchase, or consume alcoholic beverages before reaching their 18th birthday.  The only valid proof of age is a DD Form 1173 identification card stamped with the words "for overseas use only."

     c.  Dependent Spouses. Dependent spouses of military and civilian members of the U.S. Armed Forces shall not possess, purchase, or consume alcoholic beverages before reaching their 18th birthday.  The only valid proof of age shall be a DD Form 1173 identification card stamped with the letters "DH" or "DW."

     d.  Other Family Members and Guests. Other family members meeting dependency criterion and guests of military and civilian members of the U.S. Armed Forces shall not be allowed to possess, purchase, or consume alcoholic beverages before reaching their 19th birthday.  The only valid proof of age shall be a DD Form 1173 identification card or U.S. or foreign passport. 

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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