2014-01-03 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Eight Bells Lecture

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells series will resume on Thursday, Jan. 16 with Lincoln Paine discussing his new book, “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World.”

Paine examines the origins of long-distance migration by sea from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He explores the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, and shows how seafaring cultures like the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India, Southeast and East Asia, parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish vibrant overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European overseas expansion. He also traces how commercial shipping and naval warfare brought about the enormous demographic, cultural, and political changes that have globalized the world throughout the post–Cold War era. 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. To reserve, call 401- 841-2101 at least one working day prior to event.

Choristers Seeks Members

The Newport Navy Choristers seeks new members interested in performing in their upcoming musical season. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, Jan. 7 and are held each Tuesday in Room 100 of Perry Hall at the Naval War College. No auditions are required. Anyone who is a member of the Newport Navy community – active duty, reserve, retired, dependents over 16, spouses, or DoD personnel – is welcome. For more information, contact Pat McGue at 401-849-1135.

Spouse Night Out

The next Military Spouses of Newport Night Out will be Thursday, Jan. 30 at CafĂ© Zelda’s, 528 Thames St. Join military friends at 7 p.m. for a no-host evening of fun and good food. RSVP at milspousenewport.org.

PC Friars to Honor Military

Providence College is offering military discount tickets to the Jan. 18 game against Creighton at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 8 p.m. The game will include honors to local military members, families and veterans. Visit friars.com/tickets/ usa.html or call 401-865-4672.

The team is also looking for military dependents to help out during the game. Email lisa.rama@navy. mil for more information.

Disney Breakfast at O’Club

The Newport Officers’ Club will sponsor a Disney character breakfast, “Pirates & Princesses,” on Saturday, Jan. 25. The fun-filled event will include pictures, arts and crafts, and breakfast. Seating is limited and early ticketing is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

The cost for adults is $20, children ages 3 to 12 are $10, and children 2 and under are free. Tickets are required for all attendees and must be purchased in advance at the Officers’ Club. Patrons must have base access to attend. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

Blood Drive

Navy Newport will host several Rhode Island Blood Center drives during January, which is National Blood Donor Month. On Thursday, Jan. 9, the bloodmobile will be set up outside Callaghan Hall at Officer Training Command from 2-5 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, a drive will be held in the Bobby Burke Lounge at Surface Warfare Officers School from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Naval War College will host a drive on Thursday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Spruance Lobby, and the bloodmobile will be outside Navy Federal Credit Union on Friday, Jan. 31, 12-2 p.m.

In honor of National Blood Donor Month, all donors will receive a pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

Corpsman Mitchell Awarded

Chief Hospital Corpsman Mark Mitchell was presented with a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal by Cmdr. Rosemary Perdue during recent ceremonies held at Naval Health Clinic New England. Mitchell, who works in Newport’s Family Medicine Clinic, received the award for his service as an independent duty corpsman on Andros Island, Bahamas.

Marine Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) will offer a second session of its pre-apprenticeship program this winter. This intensive, five and one-half week training program is a proven path to employment in the marine trades. Applications must be submitted in January and classes are slated to begin in late February.

Launched in 2013, the Marine Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program is for individuals who are over 18 and looking to gain the skills needed for entry-level positions in the marine industry. The program gives participants hands-on skills training in several entry-level areas, including painting, varnishing, composites, hauling, rigging, fork and travel lift operation, shrink wrapping, and winterizing and commissioning. Participants will also receive training in safety procedures, knot tying, tool handling, industry terminology, and overall job readiness skills.

The training can lead to post-secondary or continued apprenticeship training for those candidates who want to further deepen their skills. Graduates of the first session of the program, which was run this past summer, were all offered fulltime employment from Rhode Island marine companies within 30 days of their graduation.

The pre-apprenticeship program is made possible by an Innovative Partnership Grant awarded by the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island. The $142,788 grant was part of $1.97 million in Innovative Partnership funding for programs designed to bring employers and educational providers together to develop career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth, and unemployed or underemployed adults.

The program – which requires a full-time commitment – is free for trainees. Space is limited. For an application, interested candidates should visit rimta.org or contact Jen Cornwell, RIMTA Workforce Development Coordinator, at jen@rimta.org or at 401-396-9619.

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