2013-09-26 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Navy Yard Fund

The Navy League of the United States has established the Washington Navy Yard Survivors Fund to provide financial assistance to those families most affected by the tragic events at the Navy Yard on Sept. 16.

“It is our duty, as a trusted partner of the sea services, to do what we can to ease the burden of those whose lives are forever changed by this tragic event,” Navy League National President James H. Offutt said. “We look forward to working with like-minded nongovernmental organizations, community leaders and others on this endeavor. We are going to do our best to help members of our extended Navy family through this difficult time.”

One hundred percent of the donations will go to help those injured in the attack and their families. To find out how you can help, visit navyleague.org.

Gold Star Services

Gold Star Mother’s Day will be observed on Sunday, Sept. 29 to honor those who have lost a son or daughter serving in the armed forces. All three ecumenical services at the Chapel of Hope this Sunday will be said in honor of those mothers who have lost children in the armed forces. The services are at 7:45 a.m. for the Protestant Communion; 9 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass; and 10:30 a.m. contemporary Protestant services. If you are a Gold Star Mother without routine access to the installation, call the Naval Station Public Affairs Office at 401-841- 3538 for access information.


The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 0869, will meet at the United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. Frank Grzyb will speak about his new book, "Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War." All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are invited to attend, and new members are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Richard Bianco at 401-683-5421.

Submarine Veterans Honored

A memorial service to remember the 3,632 men who are known to have been lost while serving in the US Submarine Force during World War II is scheduled to be held at the Veterans Cemetery in Exeter on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. Aboard the 52 U.S. submarines lost during WWII were 21 Rhode Isanders.

The service is open to the public and we invite all family and friends of fallen shipmates to attend and join us in commemorating the service and sacrifice of those lost. For more information, contact Charlie Mueller, RMCM (SS), Ret, U.S. Submarine Veterans, Rhode Island Base Commander at cmueller51@verizion.net or 401-377-9089.

Local Veterans Sought

American Legion Post 18 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5390 and their auxiliaries hope to identify all living Aquidneck Island residents who served in WWII and/ or the Korean War. The posts will honor the "Greatest Generation” at a ceremony to be held on Monday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. at the Portsmouth Town Hall. The veteran or a family member should call Carolyn Evans- Carbury at 401-683-9375 or e-mail ripost18legion@aol.com.

OCS Graduation

Officer Candidate School will graduate 84 new ensigns on Friday, Oct.4ina9a.m.ceremonyinKay Hall. Rear Adm. Michael Hewitt, Director of Global Operations at the Joint Staff, will address the graduates. Navy Band Northeast will perform. For more information, call 401-841-1171.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Oct. 3, with Andrew C. A. Jampoler on his book, “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. Award-winning author Jampoler retraced Taunt’s 1,400 mile expedition in an outboard motorboat to better understand what happened to the lieutenant.

The free lecture is from noon to 1 p.m. and is 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. Reserve at 401-841- 2101 at least one day prior to event.

New Spouse Orientation

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

Flu Vaccine Clinic Hours

Flu vaccine is now available at Naval Health Clinic New England, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at the immunizations clinic. FluMist nasal spray (for those ages 2-49,) and vaccine injections are available. Fluzone HD, for those 65 and older or with compromised immune systems, will be available in the next few weeks.

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 semi-annual 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.

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