Commander's Update

March 12, 2020 6:39 p.m. 

"Team Naples,

I wanted to thank you all for the great work that's being done given the challenges of COVID-19. Our team is united in ensuing the well-being of our community here in Naples and I applaud the terrific efforts so far. Our primary focus remains keeping our service members, civilian employees, and families safe and healthy.

Last night the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic. Italy is second only to China in cases of COVID-19 and we must respect the measures taken by our host nation. As of Monday evening, the entire nation has been identified as a protective zone, which has implications for all of us, and as of yesterday evening, the Italian government issued additional measures that enforce their efforts to limit movement and control the spread of the virus. These measures are designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep us all safe.

The Italian decrees generally require that people only travel when necessary for important reasons such as going to work, shopping for necessary items, and for medical appointments and treatment.  Gathering in groups for social or cultural purposes is prohibited.  You can find more details about the decrees' requirements here:

The decrees further mandate that all persons are required to self-certify the purpose of their travel when requested to do so by the Italian authorities.  If Italian law enforcement authorities request a Personal Statement of Self-Certification, you can use the documents located on CNREURAFCENT's website:

All CNE-A/C6F, Region, base and base tenant personnel and their adult family members should have a hard copy of these documents in their possession when traveling. Remember that these documents do not authorize travel.  Travel must still be in accordance with the requirements to limit trips to only those that are necessary.  The documents are a statement of a person's reason for travel and the forms may be evaluated by the Italian authorities to determine if the travel complied with the travel restrictions. Contact your supervisory chain if you have any questions or concerns.

Please read all documents to familiarize yourself with the new policy. You can call the NSA Naples Dispatch Non-Emergency Number for assistance with translation if stopped: 081-568-5638. Contact your chain of command with any issues. We are working hard to respect host nation law while we continue to perform our mission and mitigate risks to our personnel and families.

Medical Information:

I ask each of you to practice social distancing and respect measures implemented to reduce risk to personnel. Our medical team is doing a great job and has manned a 24/7 COVID-19 call line, which can be reached at 081-811-6000 (or 626-6000). They have set up triage points at the Support Site Hospital and Capodichino Clinic to assess patients and have implemented precautionary COVID-19 protocols.

Base Services:

To minimize the potential for community spread, we have made the decision to close the Naples' DoDEA Schools, the Child Development Center (CDC), Child Youth Programs (CYP), theaters, USO Programs, MWR programs, base gyms (through Monday for deep cleaning), and any base group activities are cancelled or closed. The Capo and Support Site Chapels, classrooms and fellowship halls are closed. Divine and Lay Lead are cancelled. The Support Site Chapel will be open on Sundays from 0800-1200 for individual prayer only. Support Site and Carney Park Gazeboes, Strikers Bowling, and the Village Forum Community Centers are closed.


Italian schools will remain closed until 3 April. Naples' DoDEA Schools will also remain closed until Apr. 3. Virtual learning will take place to ensure our students remain on track academically.

Commissary and NEX:

I visited the Commissary and Navy Exchange on Tuesday and I can assure you our team is working hard to ensure you have access to everything you need. While we may see some occasional shortages, I'm impressed at the efforts of our team in keeping vital items stocked.

PCS, Leave, and Official Travel:

I understand many of our teammates have been impacted by travel bans, whether for official travel, leave, or PCS. OSD released an updated policy effective 13 March that stops movement for 60 days for all DoD uniformed personnel, civilian personnel, and family members traveling to, from, or through CDC Level 3 countries (as of 12 March, nearly all countries in Europe, to include Italy). This includes official travel, PCS, TAD, and government-funded leave. It also includes personal leave and non-official travel for DoD uniformed personnel. Individuals pending retirement or separation within the next 60 days are exempt but must comply with travel screening protocols.

Work Schedules:

We are reviewing manning policies and will look to minimize contact while achieving our mission. As the deaths of 3 coalition troops last night in Iraq demonstrated, operational demands will not cease and we must continue support to warfighters downrange.

We must take care of each other during these challenging times. I appreciate your resolute dedication to duty and commitment to meeting our mission requirements despite the challenges of COVID-19. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to your chain of command."

-Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

Self-Declaration Form


Due to the Prime Minister's Decree limiting movement throughout Italy, you will now need an official document with you while driving to and from points of necessity. Please download the following documents which instruct you on what you need and how to fill out the form. 

Travel for life necessities is permitted, to include stops at local gas stations, supermarkets, and pharmacies while respecting the social distancing practice of at least one meter between individuals. Deviate from the Decree and you are operating at your own risk. 

The Declaration of Movement form is a document signed by Capt. Todd Abrahamson, NSA Naples Commanding Officer, and is intended to accompany the Italian Self-Declaration form when traveling to and from work. It is for use by personnel assigned to NSA Naples or its tenant commands. 

Please contact your chain of command with any issues


(Information for U.S. Navy Personnel Off-Base Movement)

(Official Self Declaration Italian Editable)

(Official Self Declaration Italian with English instructions)

(Self Declaration 26 March English)


Did You Know?

  • The difference between Quarantine and Isolation.

    • Quarantine is the separation of an individual or group that has been exposed to a communicable disease, but not yet ill, from others who have not been so exposed, in such a manner and place to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease. 

    • Isolation is the separation of an individual or group infected or reasonable believed to be infected with a communicable disease from those who are healthy in such a plce an manner to prevent the spread of the communicable disease. 

  • CDC does not recommend testing, symptom monitoring or special management for people exposed to asymptomatic people with potential exposures to COVID-19. For instance, "contacts of contacts;" these people are not considered exposed to COVID-19.

Self-Isolation Procedures

  • Commanders will direct mandatory self-isolation for service members who have traveled to high-risk areas within the last 14 days.

  • Those personnel should not go to work, school or public areas. They should avoid using public transportation, ride sharing or taxis.

  • Personnel should separate themselves from other people in the home and if possible utilize a separate bathroom.

  • Personnel in self-isolation should maintain regular contact with their immediate supervisors to understand appropriate pay/leave status and to provide updates on their condition.

Department of the Navy Policy Updates




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Current Travel Restrictions

  • All Permanent Change of Station movements from Italy to the United States are on hold until 6 May 2020 or until further notice.

  • School trainings that are less than six months long will be postponed until further notice. Trainings that are longer than six months require students to arrive 14 days early for screening and possible quarantine. Virtual online opportunities are being considered.

  • Sailors within Europe except in Italy have no current travel restrictions. Appropriate adjustments will be made in the event of any changes to the travel guidance by the State Department.

  • Sailors will not attend training, exercises, exchanges and visits in Italy.

  • DoD civilians, contractors and family members are highly encouraged to abide by all restrictions placed on Sailors.

  • Commanders will limit attendance at large gatherings by personnel who have had recent presence in the affected areas.

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