2013-09-12 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Restoration Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of Naval Station Newport's Restoration Advisory Board will be held Sept. 18 in the Rotary Room at the Newport Library from 6-9 p.m. This group meets every other month to discuss and provide input into the ongoing environmental clean-ups taking place on board the naval station. Public involvement is welcome, and the meeting is open to anyone interested in attending. For more information, visit rabnewportri.org.

NAPS Sponsors Needed

Naval Academy Prep School needs a few more sponsor families for the midshipmen candidates. Host families offer students a respite from the demands of their military and academic responsibilities and also provide an opportunity to develop and benefit from informal exchanges with civilian and military members in the area. For more information on the sponsor program, contact Command Senior Chief Beth Nilson at 401-841-1427 or nilson@naps.edu.

NOSC Social Events

The Newport Officers’ Spouses’ Club (NOSC) will host its annual Tea Cup Exchange on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Hotel Viking, from 1-3 p.m. 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.

The next NOSC Night Out will be on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Rhumbline, 62 Bridge St., at 6:30 p.m. Register for both events at newportosc.org.

The group also meets for casual coffee gatherings on Fridays at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, 9-11 a.m. For more information on any event, email socials@newportosc.org.

Blood Drives

Navy Newport will host Rhode Island Blood Center drives around the base this month. 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.

Dive into Movie 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 Join-Up

The Surface Navy Association will host a “join-up” event at the Officers’ Club on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m. The event is free to members. For more information, contact Lt. Dave Zieroth at newportsna@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island is looking for volunteers to assist with their Sept. 20-22 effort to connect with the state’s homeless veteran population. The event will be held at Diamond Hill State Park on Route 114, Cumberland, and is designed to help homeless vets access available human resource and social services programs. Volunteers are needed Sept. 17-19 to set up tents. Visit osdri.org for more information or to volunteer.

Keep What You've Earned’ Earns High Marks

The Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Office announced Sept. 9 that alcohol incidents among sailors decreased 51 percent from Memorial Day through Labor Day compared to the same period last year.

The reduction followed NADAP's launch of the Keep What You've Earned campaign, which promotes responsible drinking by reminding sailors how much they have to lose, both professionally and personally.

Dorice Favorite, director of NADAP, attributes the campaign's success to grassroots support from the regional and local levels, "Our work isn't done, but these numbers show that sailors are making responsible choices regarding their use of alcohol and contributing to a safer and more productive fleet."

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Sept. 19. Dr. Francis Carroll will address the two main themes in his book, “Athenia Torpedoed,” examining the extent to which the sinking of this civilian ship within eight and a 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.

On Thursday, Sept. 26 Stephanie Ocko will discuss “Oliver Hazard Perry in the Temple of Fame,” her book on the life and times of the naval hero, with special emphasis on the victory at Lake Erie and its aftermath.

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.

URI Military 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 to the sounds of the Northeast Navy Band. Retired Rear Adm. Barbara McGann, interim superintendent of Portsmouth public schools, is the guest speaker. For tickets, see a command representative or stop by the ITT office. For more information, email navyballcoordinator12@gmail.com.

Intramural Flag Football

The intramural flag football league season runs Oct. 1- Nov. 14 and is open to active duty personnel, retirees, family members, reservists and DoD employees age 18 and older. Registration is at the Fitness Center front desk. There is a $15 fee for DoD employees. For more information, call 401-841-3420.

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