2013-11-14 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

NHCNE Beneficiary Survey

The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Medical Inspector General will be inspecting Naval Health Clinic New England from Nov. 20-22 and is seeking patient input. Beneficiaries are asked to complete a brief online survey at https:// apps. max. gov/ survey/ index . php?sid=69926&1lang=en.

The survey should be completed by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. No personal identifiers are included in the survey and all responses will remain anonymous. This survey should only take a few minutes to complete. To speak with a member of the Medical Inspector General team, contact the team at 301-319- 3803 or InspectionTeam.MEDIG@ med.navy.mil.

All Hands Thanksgiving

The Officers’ Club will host a traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet for all hands with base access. The popular celebration includes all the traditional favorites and seating times are from noon to 4 p.m. Advance ticketing is required and available at the Officers’ Club Monday - Friday, from 9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17.50 for children ages 8-12, and children ages 4-7 are $10.50. Children 3 and under are free but still need a ticket. For more information, call the club at 401-841-1442.

Leftovers Lunch

All hands with base access are invited to an All-You-Can-Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers Lunch at the Officers' Club on Friday, November 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $8 and there is no advance ticketing.

Breakfast with Santa

Families with routine base access can enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Officers’ Club. The festivities include a breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa, and arts and crafts activities. Seating times are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Advance ticketing is required and tickets are available at the Officers’ Club Monday - Friday, from 9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

NHCNE Weight Loss Support

Naval Health Clinic New England hosts a weight management/loss support group on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at noon in the clinic’s health promotions department. The next meeting will be on Nov. 19 at noon. The focus is on setting small goals and providing support to promote optimal health through healthy living. This group is open to all active duty, dependents, retirees, beneficiaries and DoD civilians working at the base.

Fort Adams Homes Tour

The Military Spouses of Newport will offer a “Before and After Tour of Historic Homes at Fort Adams” on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Docents will conduct a guided tour of the Fort Adams' Officers' Quarters where families lived prior to the construction of Officers’ Row in the 1870s. Visitors will then tour five of the historic homes decorated for Christmas. Each house has its own unique style with items that reflect the travels of the military family that calls it home.

This is the first time these houses will be open to the public. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Fort Adams Trust and Military Spouses of Newport. For information, visit milspousenewport.org or fortadams.org.

NWC Graduation

The Naval War College will hold graduation ceremonies for students from the College of Naval Warfare and the College of Naval Command and Staff on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Spruance Auditorium at 12 p.m. The 72-member class is comprised of students from the U.S. Navy, Army and Marine Corps.

Rear Adm. Bruce H. Lindsey, deputy director for operations on the Joint Staff, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call 401-841-2220.

Holiday Food Drive

The Chapel of Hope is running its annual Caring and Sharing program to ensure that all members of the Navy Newport community are able to enjoy traditional Thanksgiving and December holiday meals. Collection boxes are at locations throughout the base and all hands are invited to donate non-perishable items.

Blood Drives

The Rhode Island Blood Center bloodmobile will be at the Chafee Fitness Center on Monday, Nov. 18, 4-6 p.m.

Flu Vaccine

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), vaccine injections, and Fluzone HD (for those 65 and older).

MilspouseNewport Events

The Military Spouses of Newport will host two upcoming social events. The November Welcome Coffee will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Quarters A. The coffee begins at 9:30 a.m. and all are welcome to greet new and prospective members. This is a great opportunity to meet other spouses in the area and receive more information about resources available at Naval Station Newport, New England, and the spouse club.

Meet at the Spice & Tea Exchange, 198 Thames St., on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m. for an event honoring Military Spouses of Newport members and their families, featuring dishes made with custom blends from the store. Learn how and when to use spices to get the most flavor from your foods. Register for both events at milspousenewport.org.

Youth Basketball Clinic

Naval Academy Prep School basketball teams and coaches will offer a free basketball clinic on Saturday, Nov. 16, 9-11 a.m. in the Chafee Fitness Center. The clinic is open to children ages 5-15 whose parents have routine base access. No registration required.

New Officers to Graduate

Officer Candidate School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 15. Eighty-nine new ensigns will receive their commissions before heading out for advanced schooling and fleet assignments. Rear Adm. Annie B. Andrews, commander of Navy Recruiting Command, is the guest speaker.

On Friday, Nov. 21, 28 members of Officer Development School will graduate and join the ranks of the nurse, medical, Judge Advocate General and engineering corps. Rear Adm. Rebecca J. McCormick- Boyle, chief of staff of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, will address the graduates.

Both ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. in Kay Hall at Officer Training Command. Call 401-841-1171 for more information.

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. For more information and to make appointments, call 401- 841-3994 or the Groton, Conn. Veterinary Treatment Facility at 860-694-4291.

Weather Alerts

All hands are urged to familiarize themselves with methods used to communicate operational changes on the naval station. Notifications of base status will be provided on most major local television and radio stations. Up-to-date base conditions will also be posted on Facebook. Become a fan of the Naval Station Newport Facebook page at facebook.com/NAVSTANewport to receive announcements as they are posted. Personnel may also call the Base Conditions Line at 401-841- 2211 for recorded updates.

Destroyer History Lecture

The Herreshoff Museum, 1 Burnside St. in Bristol, will host “The Evolution of American Destroyers: Bred on Narragansett Bay,” by Dave McComb on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

Forty years passed between the establishment of the Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island in 1869 and the return home of Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet in 1909. During this period, steel replaced wood, steam replaced sail, and the battleship emerged as the capital ship. A battleship had an Achilles heel, however: a torpedo delivered by a destroyer – the only surface Navy ship type from that era that still exists today.

McComb is president of the Destroyer History Foundation and is also founder and executive director of the American Naval Records Society.

Admission is $7 for Herreshoff Museum members and $15 for non-members. To reserve, call 401- 253-5000.

NAPS Football

All hands with base access are invited to cheer on the Naval Academy Prep School this Saturday, Nov. 16 as they face off against the Military Academy Prep School in a "Little Army vs. Navy" football game at 1 p.m. The action will take place on Nimitz Field (in front of NAPS). The MAPS comes into the contest with an impressive 6-0 record, while NAPS enters with 4-3 for the season. Last year's game went to NAPS, in a wild kickoff return as the game clock expired. The annual event is always exciting with families coming from near and far to cheer on their kids. Navy Band Northeast will provide music, and the USO will have free refreshments for active duty personnel.

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