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United States Navy
Relocation Assistance Program (FFSC)
PSC 824 BOX 10
Italy FPO AE 09623-0001
Relocation assistance can provide support if you’re preparing to move or PCS. The programs and services defined below are provided by the Military and Family Support Center. In addition to the assistance program, a variety of other services may be available. Check the additional information topic to see what unique installation services are available to you.
If you are approaching a permanent change of station, or PCS, you may have questions about your upcoming move. As part of the Military and Family Support Center, the Relocation Assistance Program provides services and resources to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Below is a list of resources.
Upon arrival at Naval Air Station Sigonella, you will attend an indoctrination program called Indocrination/Intercultural Relations. You must report to your command pay personal administrator and file your travel claim prior to attending INDOC/ICR. Your CPPA (admin) will forward your travel claim and permanent change of station orders to personal support detachment Sigonella within four days of arrival to avoid overpayment of entitlements. Be sure to submit all travel expense receipts, PCS orders and other applicable papers when you check in.
If you are arriving with children, be sure that your sponsor has informed the Child Development Center one month prior to your arrival. Child care will be paid for while you and your spouse attend the INDOC/ICR program.
You will start INDOC on Monday at 8 a.m. in the Commons Building, Compass room NAS 1. Duty uniform is the uniform of the day during INDOC and civilian attire during ICR. The duration of the training is two days of INDOC and three days of ICR. Two of the three days of ICR are area orientation tours of Catania and Motta S. Anastasia.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society operates a thrift shop on NAS I. It is a good resource for incoming personnel. Inexpensive household goods, such as towels, blankets, seasonal clothing, infant furniture and equipment, are usually available for a reasonable price.
If you are arriving at Sigonella in early fall or winter, your express shipment should include winter clothes and blankets/comforters. Average winter temperatures vary between 40°F and 55°F. Temperatures can drop into the high 20s on rare occasions. A waterproof windbreaker is a must. Downpours are common during the winter months, along with driving wind that will happily turn your umbrella inside out. Summer is very hot and dry, occasionally reaching 104°F. Sicily will spoil you with amazingly beautiful beaches.
Your express shipment also should include things for your comfort, while you are in housing awaiting the remainder of your household goods. Your household goods will require at least 60 days for delivery to Sicily from almost anywhere. Some shipments take 120 days to arrive. It is not common but it does happen. Plan for it by sending the next season's clothes, shoes and underclothes, sporting goods, swim wear, different toys, fans or heaters, cookware and dishes, towels, blankets, reading lamps, small electrical appliances, several months’ supply of special hair and eye care products or cosmetics, and a point of contact who will forward supplies to you.
If you are arriving with pets, ask your sponsor to have some pet food available in your housing. Most brands of pet food are available here. Another consideration: Some temporary lodgings, landlords and base housing do not allow pets. You will have to pay for the shipment of your pet. It costs much less to ship pets if they travel with you.
When you move into your new home, Housing will supply you with loaner furniture until your household shipment arrives. Housing supplies appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators for your use throughout your tour here, so it is not necessary to ship appliances. This statement warrants repeating: Housing supplies appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators for your use throughout your tour here, so it is not necessary to ship appliances.
Each new arrival will have to go through a mandatory newcomer workshop called INDOC/ICR, which spans one week. In INDOC/ICR, you will be introduced to essential commands, installation policy, community resources and other opportunities. Following the INDOC portion (two days), you are required to attend an ICR workshop (three days) for living in Italy.
Relocation operates the Self-Help Loan Locker from which hospitality kits may be signed out. You can check out dinnerware, cookware, cooking utensils, a coffee maker, a toaster and other basic kitchen items. Irons and ironing boards are also available. Sponsors and service members or their spouses may sign out a hospitality kit on a first-come, first-served basis at the Fleet and Family Support Center.
FFSC does not carry linens or bedding items, so it is essential that families send these items by mail to their command or sponsor one month prior to coming. The Relocation Program is found in the FFSC offices located in Building 319 on NAS 1. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number is commercial 011-39-095-56-4291 or DSN 314-624-4291.