2014-09-18 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs


(U.S. Navy photo by MCC James Foehl) (U.S. Navy photo by MCC James Foehl) Flu Vaccine

Naval Health Clinic New England does not yet have the flu vaccine available for wide distribution but expects to shortly. Retirees, beneficiaries and DoD civilians may check availability by calling 1-888-NAVYMED (628-9633) and choosing option 8 or by visiting http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nhcne/NHCNE/ index.htm and clicking on the Flu Vaccinations link.

Officer Graduations

Officer Training Command will hold two upcoming graduations. On Friday, Sept. 19, 60 ensigns will receive their commissions in a 10:30 a.m. ceremony marking the completion of Officer Candidate School. Rear Adm. Bryan P. Cutchen, commander of Navy Reserve Forces Command, will address the graduates.

One hundred twenty-three staff corps officers will graduate from Officer Development School on Friday, Sept. 26, at 8:30 a.m. The officers, members of the medical, dental, nurse and medical service corps, will move onto further training prior to assignment in the fleet.

Both ceremonies will be held in Kay Hall. For more information, call 401-841-1171.

Hispanic Heritage Luncheon

In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, a meal featuring Hispanic cuisine will be offered in Ney Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The lunch is open to anyone with routine base access for $4.65.

Youth Basketball Clinic

Naval Academy Prep School basketball teams and coaches will offer a free basketball clinic on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8-10 a.m. in the Chafee Fitness Center. The clinic is open to children ages 5-15 whose parents have routine base access. Register at the front desk of the center. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. Call 401-841- 3154 for more information.

SNA Golf Tournament

The Newport Chapter of the Surface Navy Association will hold its Fall Classic Golf Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Green Valley Country Club in Portsmouth. The tournament is open to any military or civilian foursome and the fee is $75 per person. It is a scramble format; to reserve an entire foursome, all must be registered. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Contact John Benda at 401-841-4027 to register.

Navy Ball

The Newport Navy Ball will be held Friday, Oct. 10, at the Officers' Club. Festivities celebrating the 239th birthday of the best naval force in the world begin at 6 p.m. and include dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Northeast Navy Band. Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president of the U.S. Naval War College will be the guest speaker. For tickets, see a command representative or stop by the Officers’ Club. For more information, email navyballcoordinatornewport@gmail.com or call the club at 401- 841-1442.

MWR Golf

The annual Morale, Welfare and Recreation Dept. golf tournament will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, at Newport National Golf Club, 324 Mitchell’s Lane. Check-in is at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The fees are $65 for military personnel, dependents, reservists and DoD personnel and $90 for guests. Registration is at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center, and you must have a team of four to sign up. There will be no wait list and payment is due at sign up. Call 401-841-3154 for more information.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will continue on Thursday, Sept. 25, with Thomas Wildenberg discussing “Billy Mitchell’s War with the Navy” at noon. The book offers insight into the background of the intense political struggle over limited resources and funding following World War I that set the stage for the ongoing dispute between the Army and Navy leading up to World War II.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, the museum will present Gloria Merchant on “Pirates of Colonial Newport,” examining the role of piracy and privateering in the economy of pre- Revolutionary War Newport and the early local inhabitants who participated in the trade.

Security requirements have increased and advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior to the event. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401- 841-7276.

Seapower Symposium

Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, delivers remarks during the 21st International Seapower Symposium (ISS) at the U.S. Naval War College. More than 170 senior officers and civilians from more than 100 countries are attending the biennial event Sept. 16-19. Heightened security has been evident around the base, across the city, and in surrounding waters.

This year’s theme, “Global Solutions to Common Maritime Challenges,” features guest speakers and panel discussions to explore shared global concerns. First held in 1969, ISS is the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history and provides a forum for senior international leaders to create and solidify solutions to shared challenges and threats.

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