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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.


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).


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


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.


MIHA - The Move In Housing Allowance is a "one time" allowance used to ease the financial burden and inconvenience of moving into economy quarters.  The allowance is approximately $1200 to help defray the costs of additional cabinets, light fixtures, etc., for your home.  This allowance is not offered to personnel who choose to live in government leased quarters.
OHA - The Overseas Housing Allowance is a variable allowance that fluctuates with the price of the Euro. It is very similar to the Variable Housing Allowance (VHA) that most active duty service members receive in the States. The big difference is that OHA changes every two to three months. Your individual personnel offices will help you determine your approximate allowance so that you can decide how much total rent/utilities you will be able to afford.
COLA - The Cost of Living Allowance is a variable allowance that is closely monitored to ensure that all service members receive an increase in the money required to survive the cost of living fluctuations.  Naples is considered a high cost of living area.  COLA rates fluctuate with the Euro exchange rate.

Gas Coupon Questions:

Tax Free Products division (Part of Supply)
1. WHY DID THE GOVERNMENT OF ITALY AND THE NATO/U.S. FORCES ESTABLISH THE TAX-FREE FUEL PROGRAM?  Because most active duty and civilian personnel stationed in Italy do not live on base, permitting them to purchase a limited amount of tax-free fuel for home-to-work travel will improve military readiness.

2. IF I HAVE TWO CARS, ONE GASOLINE AND ONE DIESEL POWERED, WHY CAN'T MY RATION BE DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TWO PRODUCTS?  You may own up to three AFI plated vehicles, one white plate and two black plate. The Italian Government only recognizes the white plated AFI vehicle, your primary vehicle for home to work travel, as eligible for receiving tax-free fuel. To split the allowance would bring into question the entire purpose of the program "home to work travel to maintain military readiness".

3. DO I REALLY BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM?  A liter of non tax-free gasoline costs approximately 4 times that of a liter of tax-free gasoline.  You decide.  This program costs the Italian Government billions of Euro per year in lost tax revenues.

You can buy all the fuel you want in Italy, no one is attempting to restrict your life style. It is your responsibility to decide how much driving you will do, and how much you will pay for fuel.

Must Know Items

FSC/ACS Director

Mailing Address PSC 808 BOX 53
FPO, AE  09618-0053
Phone: 011-39-081-811-6372
Phone: 011-39-811-4896
Fax: 011-39-081-811-6565
DSN: 314-629-6372/4896
DSN Fax: 314-629-6565
Email: ffsc_naples@nsa.naples.navy.mil

Official Homepage
URL: http://www.nsa.naples.navy.mil/
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Package Delivery Address PSC 808 BOX 53
FPO, AE  09618-0053
Email: ffsc_naples@nsa.naples.navy.mil


Relocation Assistant

Street Address US Navy Support Site
Localitá Bosscariello
Gricignano di Aversa, (Caserta), Italy, 81030

Contacts and Links for Location - Overview

Air Terminal Office -NSA Capodichino
Phone: 011-39-081-568-5283/6890/5369
DSN: 314-626-5283/6890/5369
Email: spacea@nsa.naples.navy.mil
URL: http://www.nsa.naples.navy.mil/airops/
Hours of Operation Monday - Friday: 0600-2400 Saturday: 0700-0100 Sunday: 0700-2300 AMC flight from this terminal
Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (Billeting) NSA Capodichino & Support Site Gricignano
Phone: 011-39-081-568-5250
DSN: 314-626-5250
URL: http://www.nsa.naples.navy.mil/housing/bachelor/
Unaccompanied E1-E4 BEQ, TAD and TDY. Please go to the web site for reservations.
Central Motor Vehicle Registration Office (CMVRO) Branch Office NSA Capodichino, Admin 2
Phone: 011-39-081-568-2832
Fax: 011-39-081-568-2830
DSN: 314-626-2832
DSN Fax: 314-626-2830
Email: mvro@nsa.naples.navy.mil
URL: http://www.nsa.naples.navy.mil/mvro/
Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday 0745-1145 & 1245-1530 Friday 0745-1145 & 1245-1400 Saturday & Sunday Closed
Central Motor Vehicle Registration Office (CMVRO) Support Site Gricignano, Village Forum building
Phone: 011-39-081-811-6876
Fax: 011-39-081-811-6881
DSN: 314-629-6876
DSN Fax: 314-629-6881
Email: mvro@nsa.naples.navy.mil
URL: http://www.nsa.naples.navy.mil/mvro/
Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday 0745-1145 & 1245-1530 Friday 0745-1145 & 1245-1400 Saturday & Sunday Closed
Chaplain Office NSA Capodichino, Chapel & Support Site Gricignano, Chapel
Phone: 011-39-081-568-3539/5615
Phone: 011-39-081-811-4600
Phone: DSN:314-626-3539/5615
DSN: 314-629-4600
URL: http://www.nsa.naples.navy.mil/chaplain/
See web site for listing of Religious services offered.
Fleet & Family Support Center NSA Support Site, Village Forum building
Fleet & Family Support Center
PSC 808 BOX 53
FPO, AE  09618-0053
Phone: 011-39-081-811-6372
Phone: 011-39-081-811-4896
Fax: 011-39-081-811-6565
DSN: 314-629-6372/4896
DSN Fax: 314-629-6565
Email: ffsc_naples@nsa.naples.navy.mil
URL: http://www.nsa.naples.navy.mil/ffsc/
Hours:Monday - Friday 0730-1600
Joint Force Command Naples (JFCN) Naples, 
URL: http://www.afsouth.nato.int/
NATO base
Naval Legal Service Office, Europe and Southwest Asia (NLSO EURSWA) NSA Capodichino, Admin 2 Building, Room 1074
Phone: 011-39-081-568-4576
Fax: 011-39-081-568-4577
DSN: 314-626-4576
DSN Fax: 314-626-4577
URL: http://www.jag.navy.mil/html/nlso_eurswa.htm
Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 0730-1630 -Power of Attorney's and Notaries are handled on a walk-in basis from Monday thru Friday (0730-1630). -Appointments with our Legal Assistance attorneys are scheduled in advance by calling our front office at one of the numbers listed below. On Tuesdays Legal Assistance appointments are taken on a walk-in basis. -We have an Italian attorney available to assist you with Italian Law. Appointments to speak with him can be made by calling or front office at one of the numbers listed below. -We also provide information and assistance regarding Italian immigration matters, including processing Italian Government sojourner permits. -Claims assistance is available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 0730 until 1630. -Defense and personal representation services are provided on a walk-in basis (depending on attorney availability) Monday through Friday from 0730 until 1630 or by appointment.
Naval Support Activity NSA Capodichino, Admin 1 Building
Phone: 011-39-081-568-5547
Fax: 011-39-081-568-5573
DSN: 314-626-5547
DSN Fax: 314-626-5573
Email: admin@nsa.naples.navy.mil
URL: http://www.nsa.naples.navy.mil/
Official Installation Link

Base Operator
DSN: 626-5547
011-39- 081-568-5547

Major Units
Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean

DSN: 314-626-5250

Mailing Address
PSC 808 Box 53

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