2014-09-04 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs


Secretary of Defense at NWC Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the U.S. Naval War College on Wednesday, Sept. 3, and held a live town hall on the Defense Department’s role in national security. Jim Sciutto, chief national security correspondent for CNN, moderated the discussion with Secretary Hagel which included questions and answers from students, faculty and staff in attendance. The town hall forum was broadcast live on DoD News. (U.S. Navy photo by MCC James E. Foehl) Secretary of Defense at NWC Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the U.S. Naval War College on Wednesday, Sept. 3, and held a live town hall on the Defense Department’s role in national security. Jim Sciutto, chief national security correspondent for CNN, moderated the discussion with Secretary Hagel which included questions and answers from students, faculty and staff in attendance. The town hall forum was broadcast live on DoD News. (U.S. Navy photo by MCC James E. Foehl) BZ Feds Feed Friends

Congratulations to Navy Newport for a record-breaking Feds Feed Friends summer food drive. Through monetary and food donations, base personnel provided more than 45,000 pounds of food to area hunger programs. Coordinated by the Chapel of Hope, the drive asks federal employees to support local food banks by contributing over the summer months. The base community stepped up to meet the challenge – more than doubling the target of 20,000 pounds.

‘Stand Down’ Weekend

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island will hold its annual outreach for homeless and low income veterans the weekend of Sept. 19-21 at Diamond Hill State Park, Route 114, in Cumberland. The threeday event gathers veterans from around Rhode Island at a military style encampment where attendees can receive services. Donations of new or clean gently-used facecloths and towels are requested. Help is needed to assist with setup and breakdown of the encampment. Contact Sherry at sherryelderkin@osdri.org or call 401-373- 4730 for more information.

Apple Picking Outing

Military Spouses of Newport will host an apple picking outing on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-noon at Sweet Berry Farm. The event is open to all members, their guests and families. The cost is $5 each for the tour, plus the cost of apples. Register at milspousenewport.org by noon on Sept. 19. Sweet Berry Farm is at 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown.

Race to Remember

Naval Station Newport will sponsor A Race to Remember, a tribute to fallen heroes, on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6 a.m. The event is open to all personnel with base access, and participants need to register at the Chafee Fitness Center front desk prior to the race. Both the 5K run and 1.5-mile walk courses begin and end at the Weenachasett Bridge. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers. For more information, call 401-841-3154.

Eight Bells Lectures

The next Naval War College Museum Eight Bells lecture is scheduled for noon on Thursday, Sept. 11, with “On a Clear Day: 9/11 – An Eyewitness Account,” by Bert Upson. In this personal account of the terrorist attack, Upson details his escape from the 78th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. He describes how mere seconds stood between life and death as he made his way out of the building and out of lower Manhattan.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, James C. Rentfrow will present “Home Squadron: The U.S. Navy on the North Atlantic Station,” examining the evolution of the organizational identity of the North Atlantic Squadron from 1874-1897.

Security requirements have increased and advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior to the event. Non-DoD identification card holders should visit the Pass & ID office and provide required information prior to reserving for the lecture in order to begin the vetting process. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401-841-7276.

Health and Wellness Expo

Naval Station Newport MWR will host a Health and Wellness Expo at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The free event will offer information on health and nutrition, leisure activities, preventive care, community services, and demonstrations of fitness activities. Call 401-841-3154 for more information.

Intramural Flag Football

The intramural flag football league season begins Oct. 1 and is open to active duty, reserve and retired personnel, as well as family members and DoD employees age 18 and older. Registration is ongoing at the Fitness Center front desk. There will be a captains meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Fitness Center, second floor, at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 401-841- 3420.

Carr Point RV Park

Carr Point Recreational Vehicle Park is open through October. The fee is $20 for military and $24 for DoD civilians, and reservations are required. Call 401-841-2094 for more information or to reserve.

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