2013-09-05 / Faith Community

Naval Community Briefs

Veterans Honored

Jim Wright of Newport, a wounded veteran of the Vietnam War, salutes during the playing of the national anthem by the Northeast Navy Band on Labor Day. The free concert at Cardines Field was held in honor of the Wounded Warrior Project. Other upcoming events to benefit the organization include a canoe/kayak race on Sept. 29, a golf tournament on Oct. 7 which also benefits the veterans home in Bristol, and the annual Sail for Hope on Oct. 12. For more information about the Wounded Warrior Project, contact Mike Holty at mike holty@hotmail.com.

Race to Remember

Naval Station Newport will sponsor A Race to Remember, a tribute to remember fallen heroes, on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 a.m. The event is open to all personnel with base access. Both the 5K run and 1.5-mile walk courses begin and end at the Weenachasett Bridge. For information, call 401-841-3154.

SEA Graduation

The U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy graduated 53 students in ceremonies on Sept. 5 at the Officers’ Club. Master Chief Larry Wilske, Special Warfare Operator and faculty advisor at SEA, addressed the students, comprised of members of the Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Marine Corps, Bulgarian navy, Philippine navy, and Romanian army.

Food Drive a Success

Congratulations to Navy Newport for a very successful Feds Feed Friends summer food drive. Coordinated by the Chapel of Hope, the drive collected more than 9,400 pounds of food for area hunger programs, almost twice the target of 5,000 pounds. Additionally, over $1,000 was donated by Officer Candidate School and Officer Development School, and $2,000 was given through a religious offering at Chapel of Hope.

Ombudsmen Assembly

The Fleet and Family Support Center will hold an Ombudsmen Assembly Meeting at Naval Health Clinic New England on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. For more information or to register, call 401-841-2283.

NOSC Tea Cup Exchange

The Newport Officers’ Spouses’ Club (NOSC) will host its annual Tea Cup Exchange on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the historic Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Ave., from 1-3 p.m. The afternoon high tea will feature an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones served with lemon curd, assorted tea breads, truffles and petit fours. Bring a wrapped tea cup that you would be pleased to receive for the exchange game. It may be vintage, reproduction, new, fancy, or simple. Attire is casual dressy. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. Limited space is available, so early registration is encouraged. Register at newportosc.org.

URI Appreciation Day

Military members are invited to watch the URI Rhody Rams face off against Central Connecticut State University on Saturday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Personnel presenting a military ID card or DD214 will receive four free tickets and the first 400 patrons will receive an Army ROTC camouflage baseball cap. Cramer’s Sabers, the URI and Salve Regina Army ROTC unit, will host a tailgate party beginning at 11 a.m. at the south end of the Ryan Center. For more information, contact Christopher Corbett at 401-874-7682 or ccorbett@mail. uri.edu.

Navy Ball

The Newport Navy Ball will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Officers' Club. Festivities to celebrate the Navy’s birthday get underway at 6 p.m. and include dinner and dancing. Naval Health Clinic New England is sponsoring the ball this year, with Lt. Sonya Butler serving as committee chair. For tickets, see a command representative or email navyballcoordinator12@gmail.com.

Blood Drive

Navy Newport will host Rhode Island Blood Center drives in full force during the month of September. There are plenty of opportunities to roll up your sleeves to help your shipmates and neighbors. Each donation helps several patients.

On Thursday, Sept. 12 at Surface Warfare Officers School, the RIBC will be set up in the Bobby Burke Lounge, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The bloodmobile will be outside of the John H. Chafee Fitness Center on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4:30- 7:30 p.m. and also at Officer Training Command on Thursday, Sept. 19, 1:30-5:30 p.m. The final drive of the month will be held in Spruance Lobby at the Naval War College on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

NUWC Employees Honored

William Blackburn and David Medeiros, employees at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), have been selected as winners of the National Defense Industrial Association Bronze Medal for 2013, in recognition of their achievements in the field of undersea warfare (USW).

Blackburn is a computer scientist with 30 years of experience at NUWC that has focused on test and evaluation of USW weapons systems. He manages the $100 million annual budget for the Virginia Class Submarine Program, a large staff, and all the end-to-end facets of the submarine system.

Medeiros leads a technical team that provides a comprehensive USW analysis foundation which supports the development of USW technological and operational directions for the Navy. His team of senior scientists and engineers conduct analyses in support of Navy USW decision makers across the entire spectrum.

Movie Night Fun

The John H. Chafee Fitness Center Complex will hold a Family "Dive In Movie" Night at the pool on Friday, Sept. 20 with “The Little Mermaid” at 6:45 p.m. Families are invited to bring blankets for seating, swimsuits, and towels. Snacks will be provided. The cost is $5 for adults and children; children 3 and under are free. Advance tickets will be available at the fitness center front desk.

SNA Golf

The Surface Navy Association will host its annual SNA Fall Golf Tournament at Beaver River Golf Course in West Kingston on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The shotgun scramble start is at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $75 and includes green fees, cart, lunch, and door prizes. Signup and fees are required by Sept. 9. Contact Lcdr. Jeff Ward at snagolfnewport@gmail.com.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Sept. 12, with “Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High Performance Teams,” by Taylor Kiland and Peter Fretwell. The book examines why American POWs imprisoned at the “Hanoi Hilton” were so resilient in captivity and so successful in their subsequent careers, and the authors will discuss the principles practiced within the POW organizational culture that can be used to develop high performance teams anywhere.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, Dr. Francis Carroll will address the two main themes in his book, “Athenia Torpedoed,” discussing the extent to which the sinking of this civilian ship within eight and one-half hours after the British declaration of war on Sept. 3, 1939 shaped policy in Britain, Canada, and the United States, and the dramatic rescue of 1,306 passengers and crew.

The free lectures are from noon to 1 p.m. and are open to the public, but reservations are required. Guests are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Visitors without a DoD ID card should request access at time of reservation. To reserve, call 401-841-2101 at least one working day prior to event.

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