2014-05-08 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs


NHCNE Newport’s team Road House (HN Adis Sulejmanovic, HN Marcus Miranda, HN Andrew Bouges, HN Brendan Pearson, and Capt. George Smith) races a “patient” to a medevac helicopter during local trials for the Naval Health Clinic New England Corpsman Challenge. (Photo by Cdr. Valerie Riege) NHCNE Newport’s team Road House (HN Adis Sulejmanovic, HN Marcus Miranda, HN Andrew Bouges, HN Brendan Pearson, and Capt. George Smith) races a “patient” to a medevac helicopter during local trials for the Naval Health Clinic New England Corpsman Challenge. (Photo by Cdr. Valerie Riege) Going for the Challenge

Eight teams from Naval Health Clinic New England Newport battled it out at Camp Fogarty last weekend for the honor of representing the clinic at the annual Corpsman Challenge in Portsmouth, N.H., on June 20.

The teams matched wits and skills as they competed in categories designed to assess their abilities in the field: litter carry, mass casualty, splinting, weapons, medevac, IV station, physical training, and the obstacle course.

Team Road House, headed up by Capt. George Smith, came out on top and will represent the clinic at the finals against three other NHCNE facilities.

USSVI Meeting

The Rhode Island Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame, located in the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation Building, 6854 Post Road, North Kingstown. All active and retired submariners are invited to attend. For more information, contact Jack Hunter at 401-849-7282.

CIV Great Decisions Series

The Newport Council for International Visitors will host the next seminar in the Great Decisions Series on Tuesday, May 13, on energy independence.

Energy independence would be good for American foreign policy, removing the nation’s oil dependence from the equation. But the technological advances that make independence possible have created a dilemma for lawmakers. In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources?

The seminar will be held at the North End Steakhouse, Best Western Mainstay Inn, 151 Adm. Kalbfus Road. The presentation and discussion are free. 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 401-487-9414.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, May 15, at noon, with B. N. Peacock discussing her book, “Tainted Dawn: The Great War (1792-1815) Book I.”

The novel is the first in a planned trilogy surrounding the lives of three youths set as England and Spain teeter on the brink of war. France, allied by treaty with Spain, readies her warships. As diplomats in Europe race to avoid conflict, war threatens to explode in the Caribbean, with the three youths pitted against each other.

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.

Blood Drive

The Rhode Island Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be outside Callaghan Hall, Officer Training Command, on Thursday, May 15, from 2-5 p.m.

NHCNE Change of Command

Capt. Maureen M. Pennington will relieve Capt. Tina A. Davidson as commanding officer of Naval Health Clinic New England in a ceremony on Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m., at the Officers’ Club. The clinic will close at 11 a.m. that day.

Spouse Event

Military Spouses of Newport will gather for a Night of Fashion at White House Black Market, 49 Long Wharf Mall, on Wednesday, May 21, from 7-9 p.m., after regular business hours. The store is putting on a special event for the spouse group, with a fashion show, information on the latest fashion tips and trends, and light refreshments. The event is free but space is limited. Register at milspousenewport.org.

MWR Intramural Softball

Softball season is just around the corner and the MWR session will run June 2 – Aug. 4. Games will be played Monday – Thursday at Carr Point at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. The coed league is open to active duty, retirees, eligible family members, reservists and DoD employees. Contractors are not eligible. Players must be 18 years old. Registration packets are available at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center front desk and there will be a coaches/captains meeting in the fitness center office on Monday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Greg at 401-841-3420.

Air Show to Return

The Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show will return to the Quonset State Airport on May 17 and 18. The show will feature aerial and static displays and activities for all ages; admission and parking are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the flying begins at 10 a.m. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will perform both days. There will be no coolers, pets or backpacks permitted. For complete programming information, visit riairshow.org.

America’s Kids Pentathlon

The annual America’s Kids Pentathlon will be held at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center on Friday, May 16, 3-5:30 p.m. The event is open to children of active duty personnel, retirees, reservists, and DoD employees. Kids (ages 5-13) can compete in five different events including running, basketball shoot out, obstacle course, and two other fitness challenges. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is open online at americaskidsrun.org. For more information, call 401-841-2883.

Choristers Concert

The Newport Navy Choristers will present the annual “Proudly We Sing” concert at St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown, on Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Newport Navy League. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children, and there is a maximum of $20 for a family of four. There will be a preconcert reception at 6 p.m. For more information, call 401-847- 9414 or visit newportnavychoristers.org.

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