2014-11-06 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

Newport Observance

A Veterans Day remembrance ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial in front of Newport City Hall, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Capt. David A. Welch, commanding officer of the Surface Warfare Officers School, will be the featured speaker. Members of the Newport Artillery Company and the Rogers High School ROTC Viking Battalion will pay tribute to Newport’s long list of veterans.

This event is sponsored by the United Veterans Council of Newport County and the VFW Conover- Leary Post No. 406.

AOH Salute to Veterans

The Newport AOH is hosting a line-up of entertainment in honor of those at the Veterans Home in Bristol on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Musical groups include The Bad Lieutenants with special guests from The Steamahs. The $20 admission covers food and a night of camaraderie.

Area Businesses Salute Vets

Veterans stopping by IHOP on Nov. 11 are in for a treat, says owner Bill Cardinal. The Red, White & Blue pancake special will be served gratis to all veterans and active duty military personnel from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Custom House Coffee owner Bob Mastin will offer free coffee to all veterans, including the popular Veterans Coffee Roasters brews. Mastin will also donate one dollar from each sale of Veterans Coffee Roaster beans to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Veteran Honor Wall

During the month of November, the Newport Public Library will feature photos of anyone who has served in the U.S. military at any time. The library invites members of the public to help honor the heroes by bringing in their photos. Include the name of the person pictured, where they are from, and where they served.

For more information, contact Annette Love at the library at 401- 847-8720 x101.

R.I. Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee

Vice Adm. Walter “Ted” Carter, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Scottish Rite Center in Cranston. Before President Obama nominated the Pascoag native to serve as the Naval Academy’s 62nd superintendent, he was president of the Naval War College.

Since earning his naval flight officer wings in 1982, Carter has made 2,016 landings on aircraft carriers, more than anyone else in U.S. Navy history. He flew 125 combat missions in support of joint operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and has commanded a strike fighter squadron, a fast combat support ship, the super-carrier USS Carl Vinson and a carrier strike group.

Carter has earned numerous awards and citations, including the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award and the U.S. Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership.

Dive In Movie Night

MWR will host a Dive In Movie Night screening of “Toy Story” at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center Pool on Friday, Nov. 7, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, kids 3 and under are free, and may be purchased in advance at the center desk or at the door, if available. Patrons are invited to bring swimsuits, towels, and blankets for seating. This is a family event; parents need to accompany their children under the age of 15 at all times. For more information, call 401-841-3154.

Rogers High School Veterans Salute

Rogers High School invites area veterans and their families to attend an assembly in honor of their service to the nation on Monday, Nov. 10. The program will begin at 1:15 p.m. in the auditorium and will feature student presentations, guest speakers, and patriotic music. Contact the RHS History Department at 401-847-6235 or email coleenhermes@npsri.net for further information.

Military Appreciation

Brown University football is hosting Yale on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 12:30 p.m. and is offering free tickets to veterans. All current military personnel and veterans can receive up to four free tickets to the game. Visit the Brown athletic ticket office in advance or get walk-up tickets on game day. Call the ticket office at 401-863-2773 for more information.

WaterFire to Salute Veterans

The WaterFire Salute to Veterans will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Providence and will be the state’s largest community-wide celebration of veterans. This is a full WaterFire event lighting and will be devoted to honoring veterans and all U.S. military personnel and their families.

Events begin at the Statehouse at 3:30 p.m. At sunset, a 100-veteran torch procession will head from the Statehouse to Waterplace Basin, culminating with a 200-veteran ring of fire torch spectacle. Veterans from across generations representing the five branches of the armed forces will surround the basin during the presentation of the colors and the playing of the national anthem by the Navy Band Northeast.

Portsmouth to Honor Veterans

The town of Portsmouth will honor all veterans, with a special focus on those who served during the Vietnam era, at this year’s Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. at Portsmouth High School. Military personnel who served honorably between July 1, 1958 and May 7, 1975 will be honored.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Mackubin Thomas Owens, a Marine infantry Vietnam veteran who is a professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College. The ceremony will feature a flag line courtesy of the R.I. Patriot Guard Riders, a medley of hits from the 1960s performed by local musician Ellyn Fleming, and individual recognition of local Vietnam-era veterans.

Spouse Event

Military Spouses of Newport will participate in several restaurant outings during Newport Restaurant Week, Nov. 7-16. For a schedule of events and to register, visit milspousenewport.org.

‘Ajax’ Focuses on Veterans Issues

The Pell Center at Salve Regina’s Story in the Public Square initiative will offer a readers’ theater production of the Greek tragedy, “Ajax,” Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 11-13. The play, set during the Trojan War, is part of a program designed to focus statewide conversation on the issues veterans face when returning home. The program will be offered at Salve Regina University’s Megley Theater, in the Antone Academic Center, Lawrence and Leroy avenues, beginning at 7 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. To register, contact pellcenter@salve.edu or call 401-341-2927.

‘Good Morning, Vietnam’

A free screening of “Good Morning, Vietnam” will be shown on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Jane Pickens Theater in honor of Vietnam-era veterans and the late Robin Williams. Williams was a regular on the USO circuit entertaining the troops.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will continue at noon on Thursday, Nov. 13, with “Private Anti-Piracy Navies: How Warships for Hire are Changing Maritime Security,” by John- Clark Levin. Private security companies have been on the rise in the 21st century. Levin offers insight on the historical, present-day, and future trends of this phenomenon and also looks at the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the employment of such forces.

Security requirements have increased and advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior to the event. For more information and to reserve, call 401-841-2102.

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