2014-11-27 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

TRICARE Prime Enrollment

Naval Health Clinic New England is currently accepting enrollment for eligible TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. Personnel who are under age 65 and are active duty, active duty family members, retirees, or retiree family members may enroll in the program. Enroll at 1-877-TRICARE or hnfs.com.

Flu Vaccines Available

Naval Health Clinic New England has flu vaccines available for all age groups at the immunization clinic during regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Pediatric vaccines are in stock, as is Fluzone HD for those over age 65. There will be a Saturday flu clinic on Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. – noon. Only flu vaccines will be administered on that day.

New Spouse Orientation

The Fleet and Family Support Center will hold a workshop for spouses new to the military lifestyle on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 10- 11:30 a.m. The workshop discusses benefits and services, as well as tools to prepare for deployment or service-related separations. Register at 401-841-2283.

Wreath Making for Kids

Operation Military Kids, the National Guard Youth Program, and the Rhode Island 4H Program will host a free wreath-making workshop for military families on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m., at the Warwick National Guard Armory, 541 Airport Road. Materials will be provided and all service members and their families are welcome.

Spouse Club Festivities

The Military Spouses of Newport will host a Fall Welcome Social and Ornament Exchange at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, in Spruance Lobby inside the Naval War College. Dress is holiday business casual, and current and prospective members are invited to attend. Bring a new wrapped ornament to exchange. Register by Dec. 9 at milspousenewport.org.

Holiday Food Drive

The Chapel of Hope is running the annual Caring and Sharing program to ensure that all members of the Navy Newport community are able to enjoy traditional holiday meals. Collection boxes are at locations throughout the base, and all hands are invited to donate non-perishable items. Cash donations may be made through the purchase of gift cards to the commissary or local supermarkets. For more information, call the Chapel of Hope at 401-841-2234.

Breakfast with Santa

Families with routine base access can enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Officers’ Club. The festivities include a breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa, and arts and crafts activities. Seating times are from 9-11:30 a.m.

Advance ticketing is required and tickets are available at the Officers’ Club Monday through Friday, from 9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free but still need a ticket. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

Pictures with Santa

MWR will host Pictures with Santa at the Seaview Lanes Bowling Center on Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All hands with base access are invited to attend. For more information, call 401-841-4293.

Holiday for Heroes

The annual Holiday for Heroes event will take place at the Warwick National Guard Armory on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 1-5 p.m. The armory is located at 541 Airport Road in Warwick. Military families of every branch are invited to enjoy face painting, refreshments, visiting with Santa, holiday crafts, and live music. To register, go to h4h. splashthat.com. This event is free to all service members and their families.

Choristers Christmas Concert

The Newport Navy Choristers will present “Christmas in Song” on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Lucy’s Church. The annual concert is a mix of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites and is under the direction of Joanne Loewenthal. The event will benefit the Portsmouth Lions Club charities. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children, with a maximum of $25 per family.

Busy Month at Eight Bells

The Naval War College Museum has announced the speakers for the December Eight Bells lecture series. All lectures will be held in the museum at noon. Rear Adm. David Oliver will present “Against the Tide: Rickover’s Leadership Principles and the Rise of the Nuclear Navy,” on Thursday, Dec. 4. The book is a leadership study that illustrates how Adm. Hyman Rickover made a unique impact on American and Navy culture. Oliver is a former nuclear submarine commander who sailed under Rickover.

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, Ed Offley will discuss “The Burning Shore,” an account of the bloody U-boat offensive along America’s East Coast during the first half of 1942. The author details the three war patrols of German U-boat 701 and her crew as they prowled the waters off the seaboard, sinking merchant ships with impunity and threatening to sever the lifeline of supplies flowing from America to Great Britain.

Finally, Kristie Macrakis will reveal spy techniques employed by the East German Ministry for State Security (Stasi) on Thursday, Dec. 11, with “Seduced by Secrets: Inside the Stasi’s Spy-Tech World.” this look inside the real world of one of the most effective and feared spy agencies in history draws on secret files from the Stasi archives and recreates the Stasi's secret world of technology through biographies of agents, defectors, and officers.

Advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior to the events. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401-841- 2102.

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