2013-11-28 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

American Legion Post 18’s Americanism Chair Dave Duggan recently presented a 6-by-10-foot flag to Principal Robert E. Littlefield at Portsmouth High School to be flown at the school. The group also purchased another flag for the Sisson Memorial Flagpole adjacent to the school’s baseball field. (Photo courtesy of Rose Escobar) American Legion Post 18’s Americanism Chair Dave Duggan recently presented a 6-by-10-foot flag to Principal Robert E. Littlefield at Portsmouth High School to be flown at the school. The group also purchased another flag for the Sisson Memorial Flagpole adjacent to the school’s baseball field. (Photo courtesy of Rose Escobar) NUWC Engineer Honored

Anh Nguyen, a computer engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport, has been named a winner of the Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award, sponsored by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine. Trailblazers are men and women actively creating new paths for others in science, research, technology, and development.

Nguyen recently led a team of NUWC engineers in designing and developing an innovative technical solution to create a "virtual schoolhouse." His team adapted a feature of virtual world technology that allows users to access higher fidelity training content by utilizing virtual network computing, enabling full tactical display sharing within any virtual space.

His work addresses an emergent need at NUWC to evaluate system performance that includes the human contribution to overall system effectiveness. With the virtual schoolhouse, he is helping deliver one the Navy's most innovative, cost-saving training programs.

The Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award will be presented at the 28th Black Engineer of the Year Science Technology Engineering and Math Conference in February in Washington, D.C.

American Legion Meeting

American Legion Post 18 and Auxiliary Unit 18 will hold their next meeting on Saturday, Dec. 7 at noon at the Best Western-Mainstay in Newport. The meeting will be followed by a holiday buffet lunch. Cost is $7 for the lunch and reservations are required by Dec. 3. Reserve at 401-556-5940 or ripost18legion@aol.com.

Spouse Club Festivities

The Military Spouses of Newport will host its annual Holiday Celebration and Ornament Exchange at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at historic Quarters AA, home of the president of the Naval War College. Bring a new, wrapped ornament to exchange (value $10-$20). Guests are also invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program. Current and prospective members are invited to attend. For more information and to register, visit milspousenewport.org Registration deadline is Dec. 9.

Choristers Christmas Concert

The Newport Navy Choristers will present “Christmas in Song” on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Lucy’s Church. The annual concert is a mix of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites and is under the direction of Joanne Loewenthal. The event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children, with a maximum of $25 per family.

Navy Band Schools Outreach

Local schools interested in having a visit and performance by the Navy Band Northeast should contact 401-841-2479.

Smoking Cessation

The Great American Smokeout was held Nov. 21, but the Naval Health Clinic New England provides ongoing support to smokers trying to quit. The pharmacy offers nicotine replacement products to military beneficiaries and DoD employees on the Naval Station.

There is no cost for the nicotine 2-mg gum and the nicotine 7-mg, 14-mg and 21-mg patches which are available without a prescription at the pharmacy. There is a short patient screening regarding the proper product selection and use techniques for the initial two-week supply of the products. A tobacco cessation trained staff member will follow up with the user, and additional treatment products are available. For more information, call 401-841-6777 or 401-841-6130.

Ghost Army Tank Display

The Museum of Work and Culture is hosting “The Ghost Army of WWII – Artists of Deception,” on display through January at 42 S. Main St., Woonsocket. War, deception, and art come together in this exhibit that tells the true story of American GIs who duped Hitler’s army with carefully crafted illusions.

During WWII, the 23rd HQ Special Troops undertook the mission to deceive the Axis forces on the battlefields of Europe by means of visual and auditory subterfuge, using an array of inflatable weapons and transport, phony radio broadcasts, and even playacting. The exhibit features rare deception artifacts (including an inflatable tank), photographs, and reproductions of the art created by the soldiers.

For more information, call 401- 769-9675.

Heroes Tree Lighting

All hands are invited to honor Rhode Island’s military heroes by decorating a Heroes Tree in the Governor’s State Room at the State House on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. Bring an ornament to hang on the tree and join in honoring active, reserve, retired, and deceased veterans from all services. For more information, call 401-275-1245.

Wreaths Across America

Rhode Island will participate in the national Wreaths Across America tribute on Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon at the R.I. Veterans Cemetery in Exeter. Many organizations will gather to present wreaths to recognize all the services and to honor the Rhode Island heroes who have lost their lives in service to the country. Organizations and individuals are invited to sponsor wreaths for the veterans’ graves. To sponsor a wreath, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org. For more information, email local coordinator Mike Dalmazzi at mikedal2008@yahoo.com.

Navy Band Holiday Concert

The Northeast Navy Band Pops Ensemble will present a free holiday concert at the Naval War College’s Spruance Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. The concert is open to the public and will feature traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. Call 401-841- 3538 or email lisa.rama@navy.mil to attend prior to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Adults are required to present photo ID at Gate 1.

Historic 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 four of the historic homes decorated for Christmas.

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. Tickets at milspousenewport.org or fortadams.org.

Pictures with Santa

MWR will host Pictures with Santa at the Seaview Lanes Bowling Center on Saturday, Dec. 14, noon- 3 p.m. All hands with base access are invited to attend. For more information, call 401-841-4293.

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