2015-02-12 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

TRICARE Copay Hike

New copayments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE went into effect Feb. 1. The Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires TRICARE to increase most pharmacy copays by $3. Drugs from military pharmacies and generic drugs from TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery do not cost beneficiaries a copay. Sign up for TRICARE e-mail updates at tricare.mil/subscriptions.

USSVI Meeting

The Rhode Island Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame building (USS Saratoga Museum Foundation), 6854 Post Road, North Kingstown. All active and retired submariners are invited to attend. For more information, contact Jack Hunter at 401-849-7282.

Steak Fry Fundraiser

Operation Stand Down will hold its annual steak fry fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Smithfield Elks Lodge, 326 Farnum Pike. The festivities run 2-8 p.m., with dinner served 3-6 p.m. There will be live music by the Mill City Rockers and raffle prizes. The cost is $20 and all proceeds benefit homeless veterans’ programs. For tickets or more information, call 401-383-4730.

Black History Month Observance

Naval Station Newport’s observance of Black History Month will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at the Navy Supply Corps School. Dr. William N. Martin Jr., Naval Undersea Warfare Center, will speak on “From Slave Code to Black Code.”

The Ney Hall galley will host a special lunch on Friday, Feb. 20, in honor of the observance. The lunch is open to all personnel with routine base access. Navy Band Northeast’s protocol combo will perform the music of African American composers from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost of the meal is $5.55.

Military Tax Assistance

Free tax assistance is available to military personnel. Trained Tax Aide volunteers will again prepare personal federal and state tax returns free of charge for military members, retirees, staff employees and their families at the command headquarters building, 690 Peary St. This service is offered each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For an appointment, contact Jeff Carney at 401-294-6775 or email jmcarney70@verizon.net.

Military One Source is also offering no-cost tax consultation and preparation for service members and their families at militaryonesource. mil. This service is also available for reservists, survivors and separated service members up to 180 days after their retirement, discharge or end-of-tour date. Tax experts are also available by phone at no cost for anyone who may have questions or need assistance with the online tax preparation software. Visit militaryonesource.mil for more information.

Eight Bells

The next Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 19, with “Commander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War,” by Jamie Malanowski, at noon.

By October 1864 the confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle had sunk two federal warships and damaged seven others, taking control of the Roanoke River and threatening the Union blockade. Twenty-one-yearold navy lieutenant William Barker Cushing hatched a daring plan: to attack the fearsome warship with a few dozen men in two small wooden boats. What followed, the closerange torpedoing of the Albemarle and Cushing’s harrowing two-day escape downriver is one of the most dramatic individual exploits in American military history.

Malanowski has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Washington Monthly and The New York Times, serving as lead writer of the Times’ award-winning “Disunion” series.

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

Cupid’s Spin Ride

The John H. Chafee Fitness Center will hold a Cupid’s Spin Ride on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9:30-11 a.m. This special indoor cycling class is designed to pump up the cardiovascular system and keep hearts strong. Wear something red and be ready for a fun ride. There will be a random lucky winner who will be awarded a gift certificate for dinner for two at Hotel Viking.

Newport Navy Lecture

The Newport Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States will offer a free lecture, “Newport, the Navy and the Naval War College,” on Tuesday, Feb 17. Prof. John B. Hattendorf, director of the Naval War College Museum, will present. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Newport Yacht Club, from 6-9 p.m. Space is limited. Reserve at aaatripp@gmail.com or 401-842-0043.

Saturday Veterinary Clinic

The Veterinary Clinic will be open Saturday, Feb. 21, for appointments from 8 a.m. to noon. The clinic is located in the rear of Leisure Bay, 1255 Whipple St., and the regular hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Call 401-841-3994 or stop by the clinic to make an appointment.

Friars Host Armed Forces

Providence College will honor local military members, families and veterans throughout the men’s basketball game against Marquette University on Sunday, March 1, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. Military discount tickets are available online at www.friars.com/tickets/usa.html or by calling 401-865-4672.

Gowns Wanted

The Rhode Island Family Assistance Center will host the third annual Gown and Dress Swap on Saturday, March 14, from 1-4 p.m. The group is currently collecting clean, gently-used gowns and formal dresses, shoes, shapewear and accessories. Donations are needed by March 6. Items may be dropped at the Family Assistance Center, Warwick Armory, 541 Airport Road, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday Friday. Call 401-275-1242 for more information.

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