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Allied Joint Force Command Naples

For those who served at Allied Joint Force In Naples Italy on the Bagnoli/Agnano base. You may not have been stationed at Afsouth but at one of the other commands on the Bagnoli/Agnano base. If so, tell us what command and Years you served there.

Location: Bagnoli-Agano-Naples, Italy
Veterans: 17
Latest Activity: Jun 12, 2018

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remember her

Started by william c. mitchell Aug 27, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Morgan Stevenson Bragg on May 1, 2017 at 10:38am
I was the Assistant Navy Exchange Officer at the Naval Support Activity in Naples, from November of 1967 to July of 1970. My main areas or responsibility/supervision included the the cafeterias, laundramats, and satellite retail stores at AfSouth, the air base and the NSA Administration Building, and the Bluebird Club (enlisted club near the port area in downtown Naples). Love my time in Naples.
Morgan S. "Mike" Bragg
Comment by Ron Olesen on May 12, 2016 at 3:51pm

Forgot-- lived in Parco Palumbo, Lago Patria off the four laner.

When I was in town, I occasionally worked as night manager at the CPO club at the Naval Station.  Remember Jan??

Used to see Humpty Dumpty, Hatchet Face and Commissary Mary each and every day. 

This was another great duty station!!

Comment by Ron Olesen on May 12, 2016 at 3:47pm

I was stationed with the Defense Communications Agency, Regional Control Operations Center on Torrejon, AFB, Madrid, Spain when the decision was made to close the office down, and open field offices in Nea Makria, Greece and Naples, Italy.  Having been to Greece and not losing anything I was interested in finding, I opted for the Naples office.  I was an RMCS(SS) at the time, and we moved into Building L, 2nd floor.  It was a great duty station.  We had responsibility for Italy, Spain, The Azores, The Balerics, Sicily, Turkey, Morocco, and I don't know what all.  I travelled with a GS13, Electronics Engineer named Millard Hunter.  WE had some times, travelled in mufti. Drove a white Chevrolet van with AFI plates, and drove all over Spain and Italy to various Army, Navy, and Air Force sites on mountain tops.  Loved Aviano, San Vito De Normanni, Reggio de Calabira, Sigonella, Madrid, Rota, sigh!!

Comment by Kenneth "Ken" Baker on November 13, 2014 at 2:52pm

Lot's of great memories at the Flamingo Club.  I remember those times when we were short on funds and would stay in the barracks playing cards.  The odd men out would make the beer runs to the club.

Also remember when the put the above ground pool in on the east side of the club.  It wasn't big but at least we could get wet.

Then there was always Bingo Night.  They had the small room in the back where they had the Craps and Poker tables.  Left a lot of money there.

I worked at the Bowling Alley Snack Bar to earn some extra cash. 

I read where they deactivated the base in Banoli and built a new one.  There was a lot of history there.

I wonder if they still play Donkey Baseball at the Rec Field (think it now Carney Park) on July 4th.

Look forward to reading more memories.

Comment by Lawrence "Ski" Gorski on October 11, 2013 at 5:17pm

John Dahlstedt mentioned the EM Club, now determined to be the Flamingo Club at AFSOUTH.  I remember making many a run to the port to get beer for the club as I worked at the motor pool and they always needed our help in something.  They would also give us a case of beer or two for doing it, which we used at softball games.

Speaking of EM Clubs though, there used to be one downtown Naples that was actually below street level because you had to walk down a drive from the street to get to it.  I think it was run by the USO, but don't quote me on that, remember, this was in the mid to late 60's.  I know that a bunch of us drivers drove our Admirals and their wives to the Opera one night and Admiral Griffin, who was Commander, AFSOUTH at the time told us to go to the EM Club, get something to eat and drink and be back at the end of the Opera.  Well, it was in the fall, and we drivers were wearing Winter Working Blues, told the Admiral that but he said that was okay to go anyway.  Well we went, and 5 of us were put on report by the Shore Patrol from a carrier in port.  Although we were attached to AFSOUTH, for disciplinary matters we went to NSA.  When it was time for us to go to Mast, Adm. Griffin went in our stead and that was the last we heard of that.  I've got more stories about us guys at the motor pool and shore patrol, but I'll save them for another day.  I keep checking the sight to see if by chance there were any of my shipmates that have joined the group.

Take care everyone.  Keep bringing back those memories.

Comment by John Dahlstedt on July 10, 2013 at 5:59pm

It's great to hear all the memories everyone has. It brings back things that I hadn't   thought about in a very long time. Lots of good memories!

Comment by Brinda Boutte Swann on July 10, 2013 at 4:55pm

Hi all.  Great to find this website today!  I was stationed at NSGD Naples 11/77 - 11/79 (NSA - Agnano)  I took my daughter to Naples in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011.  It looks exactly the same!  I can't get enough of the place and still have souvenirs and tapestries up in my apartment.  There are quite a few Cinquecentos/Fiat 500's driving around here, and I'm tempted to maybe get one.  Those were the best days of my life!  Do you guys remember the "Hey Joes" outside the gates?  These were the vendors selling statues and other stuff.  Also, do you remember the Campfire Girls/prostitutes, who were on the sidewalks between NSA and AFSOUTH?  I went to the Flamingo Club all the time and a few Italian Disco's off-base.  It was great chatting!  Have a wonderful day...until next time!

Comment by John Dahlstedt on June 28, 2013 at 1:47pm

That's it, the Flamingo Club. A group of us pooled our money and lived in a beachfront house in Licola and commuted to work. I hadn't thought about any of this in decades. Good to remember some of this.

Comment by william c. mitchell on June 28, 2013 at 10:43am

John you are talking about the Flemingo Club?  I did not go their to often but I remember they had some go shows there.  I lived a long way out toward the beachs, the govt getto. Pinatamari some thing like that I can't spell.


Comment by John Dahlstedt on June 27, 2013 at 10:47pm
Hadn't thought about her in years....yeah, Humpty Dumpty on the wall
between the Afsouth base and the exchange. On another note: how about
Italo and Erasmo in the downstairs lounge bar at the Afsouth EM Club.
again my yrs there: 69-71

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