2014-09-11 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

USSVI Meeting

The Rhode Island Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, 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 submariners are invited to attend, whether members of the USSVI or not. For more information, contact Jack Hunter at 401-849-7282.

Eight Bells Lecture Schedule Change

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture with James Rentfrow scheduled for Sept. 18 has been canceled. The next lecture will be on Thursday, Sept. 25, with Thomas Wildenberg presenting on “Billy Mitchell’s War with the Navy” at noon.

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.

URI Military Appreciation Day

Military members are invited to watch the URI Rhody Rams face off against Albany on Saturday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Personnel presenting a military ID card or DD214 will receive four free tickets. Cramer’s Sabers, the URI, Roger Williams and Salve Regina combined Army ROTC unit, will host a tailgate party beginning at 11 a.m. at the south end of the Ryan Center. For more information, contact Matthew Higgins at 401-874-7682.

Spouse Events

The Military Spouses of Newport will host its annual Tea Cup Exchange on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Hotel Viking from 2-4 p.m. Bring a wrapped tea cup that you would be pleased to receive for the exchange game. It may be vintage, reproduction, new, fancy, or simple. Attire is casual dressy. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. Seating is limited so register at milspousenewport.org soon.

The group also meets for casual coffee gatherings on Fridays at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown at 9 a.m. For more information on any event, email milspousenewport.socials@gmail.com.

Wounded Warrior Project

The local Wounded Warrior Project will hold several upcoming fundraising events over the next few weeks. The annual Ocean Mist to Mews Canoe/Kayak Race will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, beginning at noon. The six-mile paddle in the scenic backwaters of South County is open to people of all skill levels.

The Sail for Hope regatta, a multi-class midday sail around Conanicut Island, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, sponsored by Sail Newport. On Monday, Oct. 13, the Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament at Newport National Golf Club will tee off at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

For more information on all events, e-mail mikeholty@hotmail.com.

Portsmouth Seeks Vets

The Town of Portsmouth will honor all veterans, with a special focus on Vietnam-era veterans, at this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 at Portsmouth High School.

Military personnel who served honorably between July 1, 1958 and May 7, 1975 – whether incountry or not – will be recognized. Help is sought from the public to identify every Vietnam veteran in the town to ensure all are recognized. If you or a member of your family qualifies, contact Carolyn Evans-Carbery at foundersbrook@ verizon.net or call 401-683-9375.

Program organizers also seek local businesses and families to defray costs associated with the program. For sponsorship information, e-mail ripost18legion@aol.com.

Navy's Top Admiral to Host Global Symposium at Naval War College

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert will host the 21st International Seapower Symposium (ISS) Sept. 16-19 at the U.S. Naval War College. The theme for this biennial event is “Global Solutions to Common Maritime Challenges.”

More than 170 senior officers and civilians from more than 110 countries, including top officials in those nations’ navies and coast guards, are expected.

First held in 1969, ISS has become the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history, providing a forum for senior international leaders to create and solidify solutions to shared challenges and threats in ways that are in the interests of individual nations.

Greenert will kick off the event with opening remarks on Sept. 17 in NWC’s Spruance Auditorium. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will also address the delegates.

Benefit Changes for TRICARE Seniors

When TRICARE beneficiaries transition to the TRICARE for Life plan at age 65, they will need to establish a health care relationship with a primary care manager outside of the Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE) military treatment facility. Finding a medical provider in the local community before turning 65 years old ensures continuity of health care for any current or future medical conditions. The website medicare.gov can assist in finding a health care provider.

NHCNE’s pharmacy, laboratory and radiology departments may still be utilized. There are no upfront costs or expenses, although there may be supplemental charges depending on individual plans.

Military pharmacies fill prescriptions written by civilian providers and will issue up to a 90-day supply of most medications. To see if the NHCNE pharmacy has a specific medication in the formulary, call 401-841- 2224/3714. The automated refill system number is 877-211-1126.

NHCNE radiology provides diagnostic imaging services, including routine x-rays, mammography and bone density testing. These services are available with a written order from a health care provider. Routine x-rays are performed Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mammograms and bone density testing require an appointment which can be scheduled during normal operating hours at 401-841-6840.

The NHCNE laboratory performs a full complement of chemistry, hematology and urinalysis testing. Walk-in appointments are encouraged during normal operating hours of Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. For additional questions about lab services, call 401-841-6783.

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