Kent Harris

Almost all DODEA students back in classrooms in Italy

Middle school students returned to classrooms at Aviano Air Base for the first time in two months.

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DODEA-Europe crowns more cross country champs, fitness games winners

In the inaugural fitness games competition, Ramstein’s boys team, Kaiserslautern’s co-ed team and Wiesbaden’s girls team came out on top.

Prep tennis finals in Europe axed by coronavirus spike in Germany

Cross country finals could still happen Saturday, with virtual competitions in cross country, cheer and European Athletic Fitness Games set next week.

Europe's top golfers to square off in fall's first championship

It might be weather more suited for ducks than golfers. But that won’t stop 28 high school golfers from competing for DODEA-Europe titles on Wednesday and Thursday.

DODEA-Europe cuts basketball and wrestling, adds volleyball and weightlifting

Volleyball, dropped in the fall along with football in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, will be offered in the winter — not only for girls but for boys.

Europe's athletes finally competing again

Cross country, golf, tennis start again this week - the first time DODEA-Europe athletes have competed in seven months.

DODEA-Europe to debut new multi-event sport this weekend

Football and volleyball are out this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Enter an eight-event team competition that bears at least some resemblance to a heptathlon or decathlon.

Prep athletes return to practice fields in Europe

It appears that — at least for now — competition among rival schools will only happen in person in Germany. But golfers, cross country runners, tennis players and cheerleaders are all back to perfecting their skills.

Pandemic spurs record-breaking sales for commissary, slump for exchange stores

March 13 was the biggest Defense Commissary Agency sales day ever worldwide. But the pandemic has been much harder on AAFES.

Aviano Air Base starts to open facilities after coronavirus restrictions eased

The 31st Fighter Wing has begun to reopen or expand services shut down by coronavirus restrictions, a day after new Italian national and regional decrees went into effect.

Aviano Idol contestants vie for $5,000 prize, kudos from Grammy winner

Singer and actress Ashanti is one of the guest judges for the Aviano Idol talent competition.

‘We’re going to take our time’: US bases cautious after Italy eases virus restrictions

Italy allowed more than 4 million people to return to work this week, but U.S. bases in the country are mainly sticking to their coronavirus restrictions.

Air Force’s Triple Nickel kept an eye on Aviano during ‘memorable’ 6-month Middle East deployment

A global pandemic wasn’t on the checklist when the 555th Fighter Squadron prepared for a short-notice deployment in November.

Modified AP exams mean some overseas DODEA students must take tests when they should be sleeping

Normally three hours long and administered in classrooms with a proctor, the next AP tests, slated for May 12-23, must be done at home, have been shortened to 45 minutes and one essay each.

'It was about a 40-hour day': US, multinational airmen fly around the world on medical supplies delivery

Crews from a multinational airlift wing have delivered hundreds of thousands of pounds of medical supplies to countries spanning the globe.

Aviano volunteers shop, deliver groceries to those stuck at home by coronavirus restrictions

More than 150 people have volunteered for an on-base grocery shopping and delivery program to help those whose movement is limited under Italy’s coronavirus restrictions.

Ramstein and Aviano airmen help Italians by providing modular medical treatment facility

“It’s evidence why this airfield and us being mission ready is so important,” said Maj. Sarah Babcock, 31st Fighter Wing spokeswoman. “We’re always ready to support our partners during these challenging times.”

Can you take the dog for a walk during the shutdown in Italy? Yes. No. Maybe.

Aviano held the seventh in a series of near-daily virtual town halls Tuesday to address the coronavirus. And judging by the scope and amount of questions posted on Facebook, people who live and work on base can’t get enough of the online briefings. A big question: Is it OK to take your kids or dog for a walk?

Italian police visit US bases to enforce coronavirus ‘social distance’ rule

Base leadership said the unusual visit was a reminder that Americans are expected to follow Italian guidelines — on base and off.

Coronavirus test kits expected at Aviano 'as early as next week'

The 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base in Italy should soon be able to test for the coronavirus on base, officials said at a virtual town hall meeting.

US military in Italy mobilizes to help as coronavirus spreads

The Navy is shutting schools, child development centers and base gyms at Naval Support Activity Naples, and cancelling “base group activities” starting Tuesday, joining Army and Air Force efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus in Italy.

Over 100 at Aviano Air Base in self-quarantine, others told to keep their distance in public as coronavirus precaution

The 31st Fighter Wing has 134 people in isolation or self-quarantine and has instructed everyone to keep their distance from others in public amid coronavirus concerns, officials said during a virtual town hall meeting.

Closures at US bases in Italy continue as coronavirus spreads

U.S. bases in northern Italy entered a second week of school, day care and gym closures as the country’s cases of the new coronavirus doubled over the weekend.

D-II roundup

It'll be all Italy in medium school championships

Naples will play for two titles, taking on Aviano in boys play and Vicenza in girls action.

Aviano girls, Naples boys get boosts with triumphs

Saints hand Wildcats first defeat in Italy play in more than three years before Naples overcomes big lead in low-scoring boys affair.

AOSR, Vicenza split in renewed D-II rivalry

Cougar girls win season debut back in medium-school category, but boys fall to determined Falcons.

D-II volleyball final

Vicenza wins rubber match with Naples to take crown

Teams had split during the regular season, but Cougars avenge their only loss during the season in four sets.

Coaches see plenty of room for improvement after early volleyball matchup

Aviano hosts American Overseas School of Rome and Rota for five weekend matches and everyone comes away with positives and plenty to work on.

Volunteer coach and referee dies in Italy

A volunteer football coach and frequent referee at high school sporting events died Saturday, the military said Thursday.

Wiesbaden dominates Day 1 of cross-Alps encounter

Warriors thump Vicenza and Naples behind strong offensive and overpowering efforts on mound.

Italian workers demonstrate outside Aviano. They say a strike is possible

Dozens of Italian workers demonstrated near Aviano’s main gate Saturday, calling on the U.S. Air Force to honor long-standing agreements on base employment.

Aviano sweeps Ansbach in day marred by injury

Saints win 16-1 in mercy-rule victory, then walk off with a 20-7 triumph in second game stopped short after scary incident.

Naples girls roll, while Aviano boys prevail

Wildcat girls win sixth straight game, while Saints boys remain unbeaten in Italy.

Many D-I boys games are tossups so far

Vicenza edges Vilseck and Naples tops Stuttgart in latest round of close games involving teams that want to contend for large-school championship.

Roadhouse restaurant near Aviano should satisfy carnivores

I had dined at the Roadhouse chain of restaurants before while visiting the Tiare shopping mall near Villesse just a few miles from the Italian border with Slovenia.