NAS Sigonella, located in sunny Sicily, originally hosted only 700 Americans and a small expeditionary airfield, Sigonella's population has grown to 7,000 and now hosts U.S. and NATO aircraft of all kinds. Since it's opening, Sigonella has grown to be the premier logistics base in the Mediterranean as it continues to be a vital component in supporting U.S. and NATO operations within the European theater.
The base comprises two sections: NAS I was the site of the original U.S. base but is now a support facility and NAS II which includes the runways, operations and most tenant commands. NAS I also contains the Navy Exchange and Commissary, the school, and some homes. NAS I also is host to other facilities, mainly for entertainment. NAS II is now only used as a service base.