2015-03-12 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

Great Decisions Seminars

The Newport Council for International Visitors will host the next Great Decisions seminar on Wednesday, March 18, at the Newport Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Lt. Col. David McIllece, of the Naval War College, will present “India Changes Course.”

For the U.S., change in India brings its own set of unknowns, heralding an age ruled by a prime minister new to national office and other policymakers who have been out of the public eye for a decade. Fed up with corruption, dynastic policies and ineffective public services, Indian voters catapulted Narenda Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the country's 2014 elections. For the U.S., change in India brings its own set of unknowns, and the nation must determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.

For more information, visit newportciv.org or call 401-848-5142.

Eight Bells

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will present Chuck Veit discussing his book, “The Yankee Expedition to Sebastopol: John Gowen and the Raising of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 1857-1862,” on Thursday, March 19, at noon.

In 1856, the Russian Imperial government approached Boston entrepreneur and self-taught engineer John Gowen to undertake raising the Black Sea Fleet decimated during the Crimean War. Gowen had previously raised Missouri. The Black Fleet task took five years and remains the largest salvage operation in history and one of the first to contemplate raising large ships intact from considerable depths.

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

USSVI Meeting

The Rhode Island Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 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.

Dive In with ‘UP’

Families are invited to a Dive In Movie Night at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center Pool on Friday, March 20, at 6:45 p.m. Play in the pool, enjoy snacks and watch the hit animated movie “UP.” Bring swimsuits, towels, and blankets for seating. Snacks will be provided, and floats and pool toys will be available for use. Tickets are $5 (children three and under are free) and may be purchased at the gym front desk before Wednesday, March 18. This is a family event and parents need to accompany children under age 15 at all times. For more information, call 401-841- 3154.

Women's History Observance

Naval Station Newport will observe Women’s History Month on Wednesday, March 18, with Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben, Chief of Navy Chaplains, speaking at Navy Supply Corps School at 11:30 a.m. All those with routine base access are welcome to attend.

Saturday Veterinary Clinic

The Veterinary Clinic will be open Saturday, March 21, for appointments from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Call 401-841-3994 or stop by the clinic to make an appointment.

Sprint Indoor Triathlon

MWR will host the Indoor Sprint Triathlon on Tuesday, March 17, at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center. Participants will swim 300 meters at the pool, bike 10 miles on a spin bike, and run two miles on the indoor track. The triathlon hours are from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and participants sign up for a specific time when registering. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk until Monday, March 16. Prizes will be awarded to the top three males and females. For more information, call 401-841-7355.

Navy Parent Webinar

The next in the series of free parent education webinars for Navy families and DoD personnel assigned to Navy installations will continue with “Transitioning with Children with Special Education Needs," on Wednesday, March 25, at 1 p.m. Registered viewers will be able to see the live webinar or watch a recorded presentation for up to two weeks. To register, visit cc.readytalk.com/r/ yox9fk3y90mp&eom. For more information, email judy.glennon@militarychild.org.

Family Ice Skating

The Rhode Island 4H and the Rhode Island National Guard Child & Youth programs invite military families to a free family skating party on Sunday, March 29, at the Boss Arena Skating Rink at the University of Rhode Island from 1-3:30 p.m. The party will feature activities, refreshments and fun, all to mark April as Month of the Military Child.

Ice time and skate rentals are free. Military families of all branches and components are welcome, but pre-registration is required. Visit momckickoff.splashthat.com to register.

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