2014-06-12 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

NWC Graduation

The U.S. Naval War College will graduate 1,518 U.S. and international students in a commencement ceremony on Friday, June 20, on Dewey Field at 10 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Adm. John M. Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

The resident graduating class includes 279 members of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and civilian government agencies, as well as 94 international students, representing 44 countries. The non-resident College of Distance Education will graduate 1,145 students.

Graduates of the College of Naval Warfare and the College of Naval Command and Staff earn a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. All U.S. military graduates also earn Joint Professional Military Education credit from the Department of Defense, which is essential to an officer’s professional development.

The graduates will move on to key national security positions throughout the world.

Summer Solstice Fun Run

MWR will kick off summer on Wednesday, June 18, with a threemile fun run and a one and onehalf mile walk starting at the Weenachasett Pedestrian Bridge at 6 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. The run is open to active duty, retirees, eligible family members, reservists and DoD employees. Refreshments will be provided after the race. Sign up at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center front desk. For more information, call 401-841-3154.

Thrift Shop Summer Hiatus

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop will close for several weeks this summer. The last business day will be Thursday, June 26, and the donation box will also close at that time. Donors are asked to consider other charitable organizations after June 26, as any items placed outside the Thrift Shop will be discarded. The shop will reopen to customers on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Music on the O’Club Deck

The Officers’ Club Summer Concert Series is under way and will continue Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Stephanie Hansen Band plays country on Friday, June 13, and the Blackstone River Boys showcase acoustic rock, folk and bluegrass tunes on Saturday, June 14. Next week’s lineup includes The Big Payback on Friday and Matt Kearns on Saturday. All hands with base access are welcome to attend. For more information, call 401-841- 1442.

PawSox to Salute Military

The Pawtucket Red Sox will host the 35th annual Armed Services Night on Thursday, June 26, as they face off against the Norfolk Tides at 7:05 p.m. The evening will feature pre-game ceremonies honoring both past and present members of the armed forces beginning shortly after 6 p.m. Military personnel, active, retired and reserve, will receive half-price tickets by showing their military ID at Gate A. The first 3,000 fans entering the stadium will receive free camouflage T-shirts. For more information, call 401-724- 7300.

Children’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Auditions

All Naval Station Newport youth and teens, ages six (entering first grade) through 18 (entering grade 12), are invited to audition for the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Hansel and Gretel.” Auditions will be held in the base’s Harbor Island Conference Center (building 684) on Monday, July 7, at 10 a.m. and last until 12 p.m. This is a group audition; no advance preparation is necessary. Rehearsals will begin right after auditions that day, so children should bring a lunch in case they are selected. Children cast must be free to rehearse all week, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for performances on Friday, July 11, at 3:30 and 6 p.m. The auditions are open to children of military and DoD personnel. For more information, call Gina at 401- 841-2883.

Current Strategy Forum

The U.S. Naval War College will host the 65th annual Current Strategy Forum (CSF) June 17-18. The first CSF was held on May 9, 1949 under the title “Round Table Talks,” offering an opportunity for the nation’s public servants, scholars, and senior military officers to join the college faculty and students to discuss the future strategy of the United States. Through the years, CSF has expanded to include a cross section of America’s civilian and military leadership to encourage a wide-ranging debate on national and international security. This year more than 400 guests and 500 students will meet to examine the theme “American Grand Strategy and Sea Power: Challenges and Choices.”

The 65th CSF will explore critical issues affecting the nation’s future security: American grand strategy, economics and national security, national military and maritime strategies, technology and the implications for the future of warfare, and the roles and missions of U.S. naval forces.

Keynote speakers will include Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations; Dr. Peter W. Singer, Brookings Institution; Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman; and Professor Geoffrey Till, King’s College, London.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents Sandy Grimes discussing “Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed,” Naval War College Museum, on Thursday, June 12 at noon, free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-7276.

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