2015-05-07 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

NAPS Graduation

Naval Academy Prep School will graduate 220 midshipmen candidates on Friday, May 8, on Nimitz Field at 11 a.m. The U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team will jump in on the ceremony at approximately 11:15 a.m. and Vice Adm. Ted Carter, superintendent of the Naval Academy, will address the graduates. This ceremony will mark the completion of 10 months of rigorous intellectual, physical and professional challenges to prepare the students to become part of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2019. All those with routine base access are welcome to attend.

Navy Relief Drive Extended

The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society fund drive will continue through May. The 111-year-old charity provides financial, educational and other support to active duty and retired sailors and Marines in times of need. Last year, the NMCRS distributed more than $48 million in financial assistance, handling more than 64,000 cases worldwide, and the Newport office assisted 145 clients with almost $111,000 in interest free loans and grants.

Flagging of Graves

Military veterans groups are preparing to flag graves across the island in preparation for Memorial Day. Volunteers are needed to honor the graves of veterans and the work is done rain or shine. All are welcome to assist. Work or garden gloves are recommended.

In Portsmouth, American Legion Post 18 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 will flag graves at three cemeteries on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 8 a.m. They will start at St. Mary’s Cemetery, East Main Road, and groups will caravan to Trinity Cemetery and Portsmouth Burial Ground.

On Sunday, May 17, volunteers will begin flagging at the Island Annex Cemetery, on Van Zandt Avenue, at 1 p.m., followed by Braman Cemetery on Farewell Street. The burial ground at Fort Adams will be flagged on Monday, May 18, beginning at 6 p.m. By tradition, the graves at Fort Adams State Park are flagged near sundown.

Running Club

The Ocean Breeze Running Club meets each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center. A certified trainer will guide each run through courses on and off base, ranging from three to six miles. All levels are welcome. For more information, call 401-841-3154.

Eight Bells

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will present William M. Miller on “Eugene Ely, Daredevil Aviator: First Shipboard Landing and Takeoff,” on Thursday, May 14, at noon.

Miller examines one of the most influential, early contributor to aviation. Eugene Ely taught himself to fly and by 1910 was a member of the Curtiss Exhibition Team. It was that year that his plane was lifted onto USS Birmingham and he made the first takeoff from the deck of a naval vessel. On Jan. 18, 1911, he made the first aircraft landing on USS Pennsylvania. A short while after that he took off from that same deck, proving the adaptability of airplanes to operations at sea.

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

Free CCENT Training

Active duty personnel and veterans are eligible to take the CISCO Certified Entry-Level Network Technician training and qualifying exam for free at CCRI, thanks to a grant from CISCO. Training runs May 26 through June 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Another session will be offered July 6 through 17. Contact John Mowry at jmowry@ccri.edu or call 401-301-1444.

TRX Box Challenge

An Armed Forces Day TRX Box challenge will be held in the TRX Box outside the Chafee Fitness Center on Wednesday, May 13, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The challenge will test strength, cardiovascular endurance and mental fortitude. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female. Sign up at the Fitness Center desk by May 11.

Food & Fitness Classes

Naval Health Clinic New England will offer Food, Fitness, and Healthy Heart classes on Mondays, May 18 and 25, at noon. The principles of healthy eating, nutrient sources, physical activity and cardiac risk factors will be discussed. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call the Health Promotion and Wellness Clinic at 401-841-6777.

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