2013-09-19 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

NOSC Name Change

The Newport Officers’ Spouses’ Club (NOSC) is changing its name to Military Spouses of Newport. Club president Jennifer Luebbert says they wanted to “re-brand” to reflect that all military spouses are welcome in the group.

Navy wives’ groups have been organized in Newport since the base was founded, with many merging decades ago for efficiency with the departure of the fleet and various changes in personnel structure. The “wives” descriptor has long been replaced by “spouses” to reflect the increasing number of military spouses who are male. Although the Newport Officers’ Spouses’ Club has longed welcomed spouses of both officer and enlisted personnel, Luebbert says, “We changed our name in order to better reflect the inclusive nature of our organization.”

Membership is open to all spouses of all members of the U.S Armed Forces associated with Naval Station Newport, as well as spouses of international student officers, spouses of deceased officers, and civilian spouses GS-7 and above associated with the naval station.

The group’s new website, milspousenewport.org, offers an upto date calendar of activities, opportunities, and information.

Blood Drive

The Naval War College will host a Rhode Island Blood Center drive in Spruance Lobby at the Naval War College on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Sept. 26 with Stephanie Ocko discussing her book, “Oliver Hazard Perry in the Temple of Fame,” on the life and times of the naval hero, with special emphasis on the victory at Lake Erie and its aftermath.

On Oct. 3, Andrew C. A. Jampoler will present on “Congo: The Miserable Expeditions and Dreadful Death of Lt. Emory Taunt, USN,” the true story of a young naval officer tasked to explore the Congo River in May 1885 and report on opportunities for American business interests. The trip, which had started out with such great promise and hope for wealth, ended with bankruptcy, disgrace, and, ultimately, Taunt’s death. Awardwinning author Jampoler retraced Taunt’s 1,400 mile expedition in an outboard motorboat to better understand what happened to the lieutenant.

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.

Gold Star Mother’s Day

Gold Star Mother’s Day will be observed on Sunday, Sept. 29. Since 1936, Gold Star Mother’s Day has been observed on the last Sunday of September as a day to honor those who have lost a son or daughter serving in the armed forces. By proclamation, the president calls on all Americans to display the nation's flag and recognize Gold Star Mothers and their families. Government buildings are also required to display the flag.

New Spouse Orientation

The Fleet and Family Support Office will hold a workshop for spouses new to the military lifestyle on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. The class will be held in bldg. 1260 and will include information about services, benefits, and options available to military spouses. Call 401- 841-2283 to register.

Vet Clinic

The Army Veterinary Treatment Facility at Leisure Bay, building 1255, is open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Friday by appointment for active duty and retirees only. The treatment facility is closed on all federal holidays and will be closed on Monday, Sept. 30. For more information and to make appointments, call 401- 841-3994 or the Groton, Conn. Veterinary Treatment Facility at 860-694-4291.

SNA 5K By The Bay

The Newport Chapter of the Surface Navy Association will hold the 90th running of the SNA 5K By The Bay on Saturday, Oct. 5. The fall favorite begins at 9 a.m. in front of Surface Warfare Officers School (bldg. 446) and the scenic course winds along Narragansett Bay through the naval station. The semiannual road race is open to the public and the fee is $25. For more details and to register, visit sna5k.org. Pre-registration is required for all non-DoD personnel.

Emergency Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month and the Department of Homeland Security and the Ready. gov teams are focusing on planning and preparing for disasters.

“Ready Navy,” the Navy’s emergency preparedness program, provides military families with a comprehensive plan to prepare for emergency situations. Visit the Ready Navy website at www.ready. navy.mil for emergency preparedness information for you and your family.

MWR Golf

The annual Morale, Welfare and Recreation golf tournament will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Newport National Golf Club, 324 Mitchell’s Lane. Check-in is at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The fees are $65 for military personnel, dependents, reservists and DoD personnel and $90 for guests. Call 401- 841-3154 for information.

Spouse Social Events

The next Military Spouses of Newport Night Out will be on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Rhumbline, 62 Bridge St., at 6:30 p.m. for a no-host dinner. Register at milspousenewport.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@milspousenewport.org.

Newport CIV Dinner

The Newport Council for International Visitors will hold its annual dinner meeting on Friday, Oct. 18 at Vasco da Gama Hall, 15 Fenner Hall Ave., 7-10 p.m. The evening will celebrate the history of the Irish in Newport and will also honor Newport's sister city of Kinsale, Ireland.

Dinner will be true Irish fare, with appetizers and desserts donated by local Irish pubs. Literature from the Irish Tourist Board will be available, as well as a silent auction with treasures ranging from restaurant gift certificates to antiques.

Guest speakers include Ken Dooley, author of "The Murder Trial of John Gordon" and "Bellevue Ave"; Mike Slein, of the Museum of Newport Irish History; Peter Martin, R.I. state representative who successfully effected the pardon of John Gordon; and Mike Healy performing his one act play "First Confession."

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Contact reservations@newportciv.org or 401- 560-0350 to reserve. For more information, visit newportciv.org.

Those wishing to donate items to the silent auction should contact Peggy Phelan at peggyphelan@aol.com.

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.

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