2014-03-07 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Spouse Trivia Night

Military Spouses of Newport is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a Trivia Night event at Buskers in the upstairs lounge on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Dress up in your favorite St. Patrick's Day garb and join in for trivia fun. Tables will be set up for teams to eat and play together. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed and winning teams. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Register at milspousenewport.org.

Comedy Continues at O’Club

The Winter Comedy Series continues Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at the Officers’ Club with standup comedian Joe Yannetty. The series is geared towards adults and is free and open to all hands with base access. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

Blood Drive

The Rhode Island Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be outside Callaghan Hall, Officer Training Command, on Thursday, March 13 from 2-5 p.m.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Drive Kicks Off

The 2014 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society active duty fund drive is under way and runs through March 31. The 110-yearold charity provides financial, educational and other support to active duty and retired sailors and marines in times of need. Last year, NMCRS distributed nearly $49 million in financial assistance, handling more than 84,000 cases worldwide, and the Newport office assisted 127 clients with almost $83,000 in interest-free loans and grants.

Indoor Triathlon

MWR will host the annual indoor triathlon on Thursday, March 20 from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center. Contestants will swim 450 meters in the pool, bike 10 miles on a spin bike, and run two miles on the track. The triathlon is free and open to active duty personnel, retirees, reservists, eligible family members and DoD civilians. Register at the Fitness Center Trainer's Corner. For more information, call 401- 841-7354.

St. Patrick's Day Fun Run

All hands are welcome to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a three-mile fun run/1.5 mile walk on Wednesday, March 19. The event begins at noon at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center, and there will be door prizes and refreshments after the race. Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers.

The event is open to active duty personnel, retirees, reservists, family members and DoD employees. Sign up at the Chafee Fitness Center or call 401-841- 3154 for more information.

Spouse Night Out

Military Spouses of Newport will hold a no-host dinner at DeWolf Tavern, 259 Thames Street, Bristol on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Register at milspousenewport.org.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, March 13 with George Hill presenting “Proceed to Peshawar: The Story of a U.S. Navy Intelligence Mission on the Afghan Border, 1943” at noon. Hill details the previously untold military and naval intelligence mission undertaken by two American officers during World War II along 800 miles of the Durand Line, the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Eight Bells series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve and arrange for base access, call 401-841-7276 at least one work day prior to event.

Delays at Gate

Personnel entering the naval station are advised to have their Department of Defense ID cards out and ready to hand to the guard prior to approaching the gates. The sentry is required to touch and inspect both sides of the card prior to granting access. Be advised that the base will be implementing use of hand-held scanners shortly. When that occurs, the guard will take each ID card to upload information contained therein. The initial scan will take 30-60 seconds per card. Programming is expected to begin during off-peak hours to minimize impact.

Spouse Welcome Coffee

Military Spouses of Newport will hold a Welcome Coffee on Wednesday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Quarters A, Bainbridge Road on the naval station for new and prospective members. This is a great opportunity to meet other area spouses and learn about the resources available on the base and in the Aquidneck Island community. Membership is open to spouses of all members of the U.S Armed Forces associated with Newport Naval Station, as well as spouses of International Student Officers, spouses of deceased officers, and spouses of GS-7 and above civilians associated with the base. Register at milspousenewport.org.

Great Decisions Series

The Newport Council for International Visitors will host the next seminar in the Great Decisions Series on Tuesday, March 18 on “Turkey’s Challenges.” The presentation is prepared by the Foreign Policy Association, an independent think tank, and designed to spark discussion.

Turkey is a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an evergrowing chasm between the East and West. Turkey’s first Prime Minister Kemal Ataturk envisioned a modern, democratic nation-state built on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire with strong ties to Europe, not the Middle East. But as the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still very much up for grabs.

The presentation will be held at the North End 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. For more information, visit newportciv.org or call Anne Huot at 401-487-9414.

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