2014-10-09 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

Rear Adm. Joseph C. Strasser (U.S. Navy photo by John Stone) Rear Adm. Joseph C. Strasser (U.S. Navy photo by John Stone) Navy Birthday

Retired Rear Adm. Joseph C. Strasser, 46th president of U.S. Naval War College (NWC), delivers remarks during a celebration of the 239th Navy birthday, 130th anniversary of NWC, and the 45th year of the NWC Foundation in Newport. The NWC event included a ceremony, lunch, music by the Navy Choristers and Navy Band Northeast, and a steel beach picnic with a traditional cake cutting.

No More Mail on TRICARE Benefits

As of Oct. 1, the Department of Defense is no longer sending paper letters to notify beneficiaries about changes to their coverage and eligibility status. TRICARE beneficiaries need to watch their email and ensure they have a milConnect account to receive information about changes to their coverage. Beneficiaries will now receive emails or postcards directing them to online resources where they can view their information. Read more details at tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/ Archives/10_ 01_ 14_ No- MoreLetters.

Sign up for TRICARE e-mail updates at tricare.mil/subscriptions.

Spouse Event

The next Military Spouses of Newport Night Out will be a no-host dinner at Perro Salado on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. The monthly gathering is great for those looking to meet new people and try new restaurants, or even just looking for a night out without the kids. Perro Salado is at 19 Charles St. Register at milspousenewport.org.

NAPS Parents Weekend

Naval Academy Prep School’s Parents Weekend will be held Oct. 10- 12. There will be a pass and review on Nimitz Field, on Friday Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m. to kick off the festivities. Events will be held on the base throughout the weekend, including the homecoming football game against Bridgton Academy of Maine on Saturday at 2 p.m. All with base access are welcome.

OCS Graduation

Officer Candidate School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. in Kay Hall. Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president of the U.S. Naval War College, will address the graduates. For more information, call 401-841-1171.

Military Family Halloween Party

The Rhode Island National Guard will host the third annual Military Family Halloween Party at the Warwick Armory on Friday, Oct. 24. The night of family fun runs 6-8:30 p.m. and will feature costume contests for children and families, games, crafts, pumpkin decorating, a haunted hallway, and more. Service members and their dependents of all ages and branches are welcome. Military IDs will be checked. Register by Oct. 17 at milfamhalloweenparty14. splashthat.com using the access code RING.

Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail will return to the Carr Point Recreation Area on Saturdays, Oct. 11, 18, and 25, from 6-9 p.m. The evenings are open to the public and feature a spooky trail through the woods, a pumpkin hayride, concessions, a young children’s area, and arts and crafts tables. For more information, call MWR at 401- 841-3127. There is no admission fee. All activities are pay-as-you-go.

Free Sail on Madeleine

The sailing vessel Madeleine will offer complimentary tickets to military personnel Monday through Thursday, Oct. 13-23. Ten tickets will be available at the 12 and 2 p.m. sailings each day. Space is limited, so call to reserve at 401-835-2409. Madeleine sails from Bannister’s Wharf.

NWC Museum Database

To celebrate the 130th anniversary of the college, the Naval War College Museum is pleased to announce a new online database of Naval War College class photographs from 1894 to 1940. Hosted by the Naval War College Library’s Naval Historical Collection, the database includes 57 group photographs of the presidents, faculty, staff, and students who helped shape the college and the U.S. Navy’s legacy. The database is searchable so visitors can type in the last name of Admirals Stephen B. Luce, Chester W. Nimitz, or Raymond A. Spruance and others, or simply browse the classes featured. The photographs are part of the museum collection and may be viewed at https://www.usnwc.edu/Academics/ Library/ Naval- Historical Collection.aspx#collections/ show/12.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will continue at noon on Thursday, Oct. 16, with Daniel R. Green presenting “Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with Al-Qaeda.” Written by Green and fellow Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran William F. Mullen III, the book provides a comprehensive account of the turning of Fallujah away from the al-Qaeda insurgency in 2007.

On Thursday, Oct. 23, Robert Haddick will discuss “Fire on the Water: China, America, and the Future of the Pacific.” Haddick maintains that within a decade China will have the military power to place U.S. influence throughout East Asia at risk.

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.

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