2014-01-24 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Flu Clinics

Naval Health Clinic New England is offering a Saturday flu clinic on Jan. 25 from 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. The clinic will offer FluMist nasal spray, flu vaccine injections, and Fluzone HD. No other types of immunizations will be offered that day. The flu vaccines are also available Monday Friday, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis.

Blood Drive

The Rhode Island Blood Center bloodmobile will be in front of the Navy Federal Credit Union on Friday, Jan. 31, noon-2 p.m. All donors will receive a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Fitness Classes

Group fitness classes have resumed at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center and there is a wide variety of classes to suit all interests and fitness levels. Classes are taught as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. and are offered seven days a week. They are free for active duty; $2 for reservists, eligible family members, and retirees; and $3 for DoD personnel. Call the Fitness Center at 401-841-3154 for more information.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells series continues on Thursday, Jan. 30 with Professor Richard Schultz discussing “The Marines Take Anbar: The Four Year Fight Against Al Qaeda.”

Considered a major turning point in the Iraq War, this campaign helped to alter the course of events and set the stage for the surge in Baghdad the following year. Looking at the First Marine Expeditionary Force, Schultz details how the Marines adapted and improvised, learning from the hard lessons of past mistakes.

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- 841-7276 at least one working day prior to event.

Comedy Returns to O’Club

The Winter Comedy Series kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at the Officers’ Club with veteran comedian Rodney Laney. He has been seen at "Laffapalooza," and on Comedy Central.

The series will continue with: Kevin Meaney, Feb 12; Jim Lauletta, Feb. 26; Joe Yannety, March 12; and Paul D’Angelo, March 26.

Shows are free and open to all hands with base access. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

Great Decisions Series

The Newport Council for International Visitors has announced the lineup for the 2014 Great Decisions Series on current foreign policy topics of international significance. The series will consist of eight presentations prepared by the Foreign Policy Association, an independent think tank.

The first program will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4 on Food and Climate. While one-sixth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger, a changing climate threatens to wreak havoc on already insecure and vulnerable populations. As food and water become scarce and once-fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform?

The series will be held at the Northend Steakhouse, Best Western Mainstay Inn, 151 Adm. Kalbfus Rd. The presentation and discussion are free. A special menu will be available. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. and discussion at 7:30 p.m.

The series schedule is: Feb. 18, Israel and the U.S.; March 4, Islamic Awakening; March 18, Turkey’s Challenges; April 1, China’s Foreign Policy; April 15, U.S. Trade Policy; April 29, Defense Technology; and May 13, Energy Independence.

For more information, visit newportciv.org or call Anne Huot at 401-487-9414.

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