2014-04-17 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Great Decisions Series

The Newport Council for International Visitors will hold the next seminar in the Great Decisions Series on Tuesday, April 29 on defense technology.

From robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new game-changing technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality – all during an age of fiscal austerity. Similar challenges were once faced with such then-fanciful but now normal concepts as airplanes, submarines, and tanks. What are the new applications of the 21st century battlefield, and what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?

The seminar 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.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, April 24, with Dr. J. Phillip London presenting “The Ultimate Success Factor” at noon.

London posits that character is more important to leadership than any other trait. Leadership is not a title or position, nor is it a management style. Leaders are driven by having a purpose, the ability to convince others of their mission, and a refusal to fail. As seen in recent news accounts, ego-driven leaders and those with other character flaws can succeed for a while, but they are ultimately undermined by their personal shortcomings.

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 401-841-1296 at least one work day prior to event.

Holocaust Observance

David Brandt will be the guest speaker at Naval Station Newport’s observance of Holocaust Days of Remembrance on Thursday, April 24. Brandt, 85, was born in Germany, and his father was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1938. When he was later released and told to leave Germany, the family fled to Shanghai. The lecture will be at 10:15 a.m. in the Naval Justice School auditorium. The event is open to all hands with base access. For more information, call 401-841-2023.

Motorcycle Safety Class

A Basic Rider Course for motorcyclists, motor bike and motor scooter riders will be offered at Naval Station Newport on April 22-23 and again May 13-14. Enrollment is at navymotorcyclerider.com. Contact the naval station safety office at 401-841-7605 for more information. Completion of this class is mandatory for all active duty motorcycle riders to operate a motorcycle both on and off military installations.

Easter Egg Hunt

Balfour Beatty Communities will sponsor an Easter egg hunt Friday, April 18, from 11 a.m.-noon at Fort Adams McMacken Center, weather permitting. The Easter Bunny will attend and pose for pictures with children.

MWR Spring Vacation Events

MWR will offer daytime activities for youngsters during the week of school vacation, April 21- 24. Tickets to most activities are limited and cost $1 per person (adult and child) per event and are available at the Seaview Lanes Bowling Center. Tickets are not required for Monday’s open swim session at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center Pool from 1-3 p.m. Tickets are required for the Science Extravaganza in the Recreation Center on Tuesday, April 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Fitness Fun Day at the Fitness Center, on Wednesday, April 23, 1-3 p.m.; and the Thursday, April 24, Pirate Adventure Walk, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

For more information, call MWR Special Events at 401-841-3127.

Summer Camp Registration

Registration is being accepted for MWR Summer Camp at the School Age Care Center, Building 1297. The camp is open to children of active duty personnel, DoD civilians and contractors, ages 5 (must have completed kindergarten) through 12 years old. The summer program begins on Monday, June 23, and camp hours are 6:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Registration will continue until programs are full. For more information, call 401-841-2883.

War College Museum Tour

The Military Spouses of Newport will tour the Naval War College Museum on Tuesday, April 29. The museum showcases the history of naval warfare and the naval heritage of Narragansett Bay, beginning with the nation's colonial roots. The free event will begin at 11 a.m. After the tour, meet at the Officers’ Club for a no-host lunch and a general membership meeting at 12:30 p.m. Register at milspousenewport.org.

Blood Drive

The Rhode Island Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be outside the Navy Federal Credit Union on Friday, April 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

MWR Golf Tournament

The annual MWR Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 8, at the Newport National Golf Club. Registration will be accepted at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center until full. Teams of four are required to sign up, with payment due at registration. The fee is $65 for active duty, retirees, eligible family members, reservists and DoD employees, and $90 for guests. The cost includes green fees, golf cart and food. For more information, call 401-841-3154.

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