2014-05-29 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs


USS Saratoga Set for Scrap A Texas company plans to haul away the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga from Newport this summer and tow it to Texas for scrap. Esco Marine is being paid a penny by the Navy to dispose of the Saratoga. The company expects to make its money from selling material recovered from the ship. The Navy had offered the Saratoga for donation as a museum, and a foundation was formed to try and relocate the ship from Coddington Cove to Quonset Point, but the vessel was removed from the donation list in 2010. The mothballed carrier was launched in 1955 and decommissioned in 1994. USS Saratoga Set for Scrap A Texas company plans to haul away the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga from Newport this summer and tow it to Texas for scrap. Esco Marine is being paid a penny by the Navy to dispose of the Saratoga. The company expects to make its money from selling material recovered from the ship. The Navy had offered the Saratoga for donation as a museum, and a foundation was formed to try and relocate the ship from Coddington Cove to Quonset Point, but the vessel was removed from the donation list in 2010. The mothballed carrier was launched in 1955 and decommissioned in 1994. 4-H SPIN Clubs Program

4-H SPIN Clubs are offering special spring and summer programming for military kids. The special interest clubs focus on one topic and meet for a few weeks and are designed for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old. Some clubs have age limits, depending on the subject. 4-H SPIN Clubs meet in safe and accessible locations like community centers, libraries, fire stations, etc. Check out the website: web.uri.edu/4H or contact Heidi Wright, URI 4-H Military Partnership Coordinator, at heidiw@etal. uri.edu or 401-874-9412.

Art of Marriage Course

The Chapel of Hope will offer a six-part video course, “The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design,” on Sundays, June 1 to July 6, from 6-7 p.m. For more information, call 401-841-2234.

Coast Guard Recognized

The Newport County Council of the Navy League of the United States and the Newport Rotary Club will honor local Coast Guard personnel at a recognition luncheon on Tuesday, June 3, at 12:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Beach Club. Award recipients are Lt.j.g. Natalie J. Shuntich of the Coast Guard cutter Willow as the Junior Officer of the Year; Machinery Technician First Class Michael F. Fambro, Coast Guard Station Point Judith, as the Senior Enlisted Person of the Year; Maritime Enforcement Specialist Second Class Robert A. Grigsby, Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, as the Junior Enlisted Person of the Year; and Seaman Paden Cane of the Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark as the Non-Rate of 2013. The reception will start at noon and the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $17. RSVP before May 31, at 401-477- 2172 or rjperry6704@hotmail.com.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will continue on Thursday, June 5, at noon, with Jan K. Herman discussing “The Lucky Few.” The book examines the fall of Saigon, the final, chaotic events of the Vietnam War, and the role played by the USS Kirk in rendering humanitarian assistance to remnants of the South Vietnamese fleet and the thousands of refugees fleeing Communist forces and trying to make it to freedom.

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.

Traffic Advisory

The Gate 1 entrance to the Newport Naval Station will be closed on Saturday morning, May 31, from 9 a.m. to noon for lane restriping. All traffic will be rerouted through Gate 2 at the end of the 3rd St. extension. Signage will be posted.

Worship Services

The Chapel of Hope at the naval station offers Sunday worship each week: liturgical Protestant at 7:45 a.m., Roman Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and contemporary Protestant at 10:30 a.m.

Jewish Torah study is on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.; women’s Bible studies are offered at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday; and men’s Bible study is at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday. For more information, call 401-841-2234.

Graduations

Officer Training Command will hold an Officer Candidate School graduation on Friday, June 6. Thirty nine ensigns will be commissioned before heading on to advanced training and assignments in the fleet. Rear Adm. Kenneth M. Perry, commander of Submarine Group Two, will address the new officers.

On Friday, June 13, Officer Development School will graduate 90 new members of the staff corps. The graduates will serve as dental, medical, judge advocate general and nurse corps officers. Rear Adm. Elaine C. Wagner, deputy chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Wounded, Ill and Injured, is the scheduled guest speaker.

Both ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. in Kay Hall. For more information, call 401-841-1171.

Welcome to New Board

The Military Spouses of Newport board turnover luncheon will be held on Thursday, June 5, at The Spiced Pear restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Members are invited to welcome the new board and committee chairs and thank the outgoing leadership for their service. The three-course luncheon is $35. Reserve at milspousenewport.org.

Youth Physicals

As the school year comes to a close, note the following information about camp, sports and school physicals for youngsters. If your child has had a physical at Naval Health Clinic New England Newport within a year of school entry, the primary care provider can fill out the school form without the need for an appointment. A school physical is the same as a camp physical, a sports physical, and a well checkup.

The clinic can fill out most state school forms with the physical done here. Just bring the form of the state you are moving to with you. Most forms can be found on the Internet. Make sure you have a copy of your child’s shot record in hand for your physical and when you move. To schedule an appointment, contact the Call Center at 1-888-628-9633.

Reflagging Thanks

Volunteers representing all walks of life (area veterans’ service organizations, military, civilians, scouts and students) assisted with reflagging efforts on Aquidneck Island in preparation for

Memorial Day. Kudos to Naval Health Clinic New England, the Naval War College, and other Naval Station Newport commands for encouraging active duty service members and their families to participate.

Tobacco Cessation

The World No Tobacco Day is Saturday, May 31, and Naval Health Clinic New England urges all hands to begin the quitting process by abstaining from all forms of tobacco use during this 24-hour period. Tobacco cessation help is available at the NHCNE pharmacies for all military beneficiaries and DoD employees on a walk-in basis.

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