2013-12-05 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Hanging of the Greens

The Chapel of Hope invites all to stop by the chapel on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and help decorate for the holidays with the hanging of the greens. Call 401- 841-2234 for more information.

Anger Workshop

The Fleet and Family Support Center will offer “Anger: The Way Out,” a workshop on how to diffuse and manage anger on Monday, Dec. 9 from 8 a.m.-noon. To register, call 401-841-2283.

Toys for Tots

Balfour Beatty Communities is accepting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation until Dec. 9. Collection boxes are located at the Coddington Cove and Fort Adams offices. Residents who are unable to deliver toys to the offices should call 401-846-8877 to arrange for a pick-up. Toys for Tots collection boxes are also at the main Navy Exchange.

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 3 p.m. The concert is open to the public and will feature traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. Non-DoD personnel wishing to attend the concert may contact the Naval Station Public Affairs Office to make arrangements for base access. Call 401-841-3538 or email lisa.rama@navy.mil and provide the full names of all guests attending prior to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Adults are required to present photo ID at Gate 1.

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. 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.

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.

Blood Drives

Navy Newport continues to support the Rhode Island Blood Center’s call for blood during the busy holiday season. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Naval Health Clinic New England will host a drive in the command conference room from 12-3 p.m. The Blood Center will also be collecting on Thursday, Dec. 19 at Naval Undersea Warfare Center, in the lower level of Building 80, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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 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.

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.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Dec. 12. Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Armstrong will discuss “21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for a Modern Era.”

Alfred Thayer Mahan's “The Influence of Seapower upon History” is well known to students of naval history and strategy, but his other writings are often dismissed as irrelevant to today's problems. This collection of five of Mahan's essays, along with Armstrong's informative introductions, illustrates why Mahan's work remains relevant in the 21st century and how it can help develop strategic thinking.

The free lecture is from noon to 1 p.m. and the public is welcome, 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.

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