With your arrival into Naples, one of the first things you’ll go through at your new duty station will be the Naples Area Orientation (AO). In an effort to make things efficient and convenient for newcomers, everything is centrally located at the Support Site during this orientation, except for a one-day field trip, during which transportation, guidance and assistance are provided.
Check with your command sponsor or the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) for the current Naples Area Orientation schedule.
AO Week Snapshot
Below is a snapshot of what to expect during Area Orientation week. Unless otherwise noted, all AO events occur at the Support Site Reel Times 2 Movie Theater.
Every other Friday a Benvenuti Reception is held for newcomers to learn pertinent information about the upcoming weekend. Key personnel from each command are also present to welcome newcomers.
The first day of AO always starts on a Monday unless that Monday is a holiday or the rotator (MAC) flight is late. Then it will begin the next business day. Mass check-in (active duty Navy only) will be conducted and newcomers will need to bring the following:
- Four copies of endorsed orders
- All receipts from your travels
- Flight itinerary and port of call message (if applicable)
- One copy of Page 2 if you have dependents (military only)
- All medical and dental records (military only)
- One copy of driver’s license
- One copy of passport photo page
- All family members passport
U.S. civilian hires must report to their respective HRO no later than the start of the next business day after arrival or at the date/time previously coordinated with their HRO.
Newcomers and sponsors are encouraged to ask their sponsors or the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) for the latest schedule.
Some AO topics include:
- Housing Essentials Brief – Economy/Government/BEQ
- School Liaison Officer
- TRICARE Preparation Brief
- TRICARE/Medical and Dental Check-in
- Postal/Personal Property
- Motor Vehicle Registration (MVRO)
- Fire Prevention
- Operation Preparedness
- Emergency Management Disaster Prep
- MVRO AFI Driver’s License Test
- Navy Exchange
- FFSC Services/Ombudsman
- Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
- Security/Anti-Terrorism Brief
- Sojourner Application Processing
- Intercultural Relations (ICR) Class
The FFSC staff offers Intercultural Relations (ICR) classes for newcomers in conjunction with Area Orientation. This class is mandatory for all U.S. Navy personnel. All family members and non-Navy personnel are encouraged to attend. The first day is classroom training to help participants understand and adapt to the Italian culture by learning basic Italian phrases and customs, how to use local transportation, shopping tips and dining information. All of which helps newcomers overcome any culture shock they may experience from living in a new country.
The second day consists of a field trip to help familiarize participants with the city of Naples, the public transportation system and the wonderful Italian culture.
FFSC offers a variety of follow-up classes to promote participation in the local culture, such as “How to Make Limoncello,” “Hand Gestures,” “How to Make Italian Desserts,” “Easy Italian” and many more.