2015-01-15 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

Annual MLK Run

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Torch Run, sponsored by the Newport County Branch of the NAACP, will be held Monday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m. (rain, snow, or shine). The eight-mile run starts at the First Rhode Island Black Regiment monument at the intersection of routes 114 and 24 in Portsmouth and ends at Thompson Middle School on Broadway, where a special ceremony for participants will be held.

The Newport Navy community has traditionally participated in this annual observance with a contingent of volunteer runners to carry the torch. For more information, contact Bob Krekorian at 401-841- 2023 or robert.krekorian@navy.mil.

Spouse Events

The next Military Spouses of Newport Night Out will be Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Wharf Pub, 37 Bowen’s Wharf. Join military friends at 6:30 p.m. for a no-host evening of fun and good food.

The group will also gather at Seaview Lanes Bowling Alley on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m., for a casual night of bowling. The cost is $9 and includes shoes and three games. Sign up for both events at milspousenewport.org.

Eight Bells

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will present James Gay discussing his book, “Battleship Cove,” on Thursday, Jan. 22, at noon.

Gay explores the history of the “Fall River Navy” and how the exhibit grew into one of the most popular attractions in southeastern Massachusetts. Beginning with the opening of the battleship USS Massachusetts in 1965, the fleet has continued to grow and includes the submarine Lionfish, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., and PT boats 617 and 796.

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.

Naval Academy Seeks Summer STEM Applicants

Applications for the 2015 Naval Academy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Program are now being accepted at usna.edu/admissions/ STEM. This annual program is designed to expose young people to STEM concepts and technologies and to encourage students in grades 9-11 to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school, college and beyond.

Session dates include June 1-6 for rising ninth graders; June 8-13 for those entering 10th grade; and June 15-19 for incoming 11thgrade students.

The aim is to integrate STEM-focused concepts across the curriculum and pave the way for students to succeed academically in mathematics and science and help put them on a path toward successful careers. The program will showcase the latest in technological advances in a wide variety of science and engineering topics to include energy and light, infrastructure, transportation, cybersecurity, environmental challenges, flight and fluids, automation, simulation and modeling, biometrics and robotics.

Exceptional Family Member Program

Do you have an exceptional family member? Are you interested in meeting other families that may have similar needs or share similar goals? The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fleet & Family Support Center, 1260 Peary St. All are welcome to meet EFMP Liaison Kristen Swenson, share what has worked for your family, investigate new ideas, and meet other families. Children are welcome to attend.

The EFMP support group meets quarterly to offer support and exchange information about resources. For more information, contact Kristen Swenson at kristen.swenson. ctr@navy.mil or 401-841-2148.

Comedy Returns to O’Club

The Winter Comedy Series kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 28, Topside at the Officers’ Club at 7 p.m. Series favorite Joe Yannetty will open the series. He has been a guest on more than three dozen television shows and has headlined around the world, appearing at Caesars Palace, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The show is free and open to all hands with base access, but the series is geared towards adults and not family friendly. For more information, call 841-1442.

Navy Parent Webinars

The next in the series of free parent webinars for Navy and DoD personnel assigned to Navy facilities is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11, with “Bouncing Back: Turning Stress into Strength.” The interactive seminars offer research based information and ideas for parents. To sign up, visit cc.readytalk.com/r/ krcduc7kuzbc&eom.

Winter Assistance Fair

A winter heating assistance fair for military veterans and their families, sponsored by the Rhode Island Military Family Assistance Center and the Rhode Island Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from 1-4 p.m., at the Warwick Armory, 541 Airport Road. In addition to the opportunity to apply for heating and electric grants, attendees can learn about other support services. For more information, call 401-275-1243.


The WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) organization recently voted to change its name to MWAN (Military Women Across the Nation). The group has expanded its membership to include all women who have served or are serving honorably in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, both regular and reserve components. The local chapter is always open to new members. For more information, call 401-231-0173.

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