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21 November 2022

From Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Josh Cote, Naval Air Station Sigonella Public Affairs Office

Most of the people who work on Naval Air Station Sigonella put in a couple of years before they rotate out for new people. What many don’t see are the locals who have worked at Sigonella for years to keep everything running smoothly throughout all these transitions. For the Motor Vehicle Registration Office at Sigonella, that person is Antonina Cuscuna, known to most as Nuccia. Nuccia has been working on base for almost 27 years. She initially started back in the 1980s as a fill-in for someone on maternity leave. She worked for almost two years before she left for a 10 year hiatus from NAS Sigonella. When the then director of MVRO had a spot open up, they reached out to Nuccia, familiar with the type of work she did, and she has been here ever since.
Most of the people who work on Naval Air Station Sigonella put in a couple of years before they rotate out for new people. What many don’t see are the locals who have worked at Sigonella for years to keep everything running smoothly throughout all these transitions.

For the Motor Vehicle Registration Office at Sigonella, that person is Antonina Cuscuna, known to most as Nuccia. Nuccia has been working on base for almost 27 years. She initially started back in the 1980s as a fill-in for someone on maternity leave. She worked for almost two years before she left for a 10 year hiatus from NAS Sigonella. When the then director of MVRO had a spot open up, they reached out to Nuccia, familiar with the type of work she did, and she has been here ever since.

For most people, when they think of MVRO, all they think of is registering their cars, but there is a lot more that goes on in a day’s work of an employee there.

“With customers we deal with vehicle registration mostly,” said Nuccia. “Registering a vehicle isn’t just putting the info into the computers. We also assist people who want to buy a vehicle from a local national and not just locally here in Sicily. We help with customers also buying vehicles in Italy such as Rome. On top of that we work with the Carabinieri dealing with lost or stolen plates and stolen vehicles. We also assist with vehicle disposal for cars that have been in accidents.”

No matter who is in charge at MVRO, Nuccia always stands out in a positive light.

“Nuccia is an exceptional hard working person who always displays a positive attitude towards her duties as an MVRO clerk,” said Chief Master-at-Arms John Vautour, leading chief petty officer of MVRO. “She cares deeply about the mission and the personnel she serves on a daily basis whether it be by email, phone call, or in person. Nuccia goes above and beyond to help all customers registering, denationalizing vehicles, or simply assisting them with any other needs they may have from MVRO. She always shows the upmost respect to everyone and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the performance of her duties. Nuccia is without a doubt a great asset to the entire Sigonella community.”

While Nuccia is not at work she takes full advantage of her time off, whether it is enjoying some time in the pool or spending time with family.

“Twice a week I like to spend time in the swimming pool,” said Nuccia. “I also enjoy taking care of my family, because I have a very big family. I have three daughters, now they are old enough to live on their own but they still live close to me.”

Another one of Nuccia’s hobbies is traveling; she has not been able to travel for a while now but finally has a trip to Budapest for the upcoming long weekend. One of her last trip was to England, which is one of her favorite places to travel to here in Europe.
 
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