2015-06-11 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

Current Strategy Forum

The U.S. Naval War College will host the 66th annual Current Strategy Forum (CSF) June 16-17. Through the years, CSF has expanded to include a cross section of America’s civilian and military leadership to encourage a wideranging debate on national and international security. This year hundreds of students and guests will examine the theme “Strategy and Maritime Power in a Contested Environment.”

The 66th CSF will explore critical issues affecting the nation’s future security: rising powers, contested maritime domains, economics and national security, technology and the roles of U.S. naval forces.

Scheduled keynote speakers include Adm. Michelle J. Howard, U.S. Navy, Vice Chief of Naval Operations; Dr. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; Dr. Peter W. Singer, New America Foundation; and Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration.

Blood Drives Resume

Navy Newport will once again ask members of the military community to roll up their sleeves to support Rhode Island Blood Center collection efforts this summer. The Naval War College will host a drive on Tuesday, June 16, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Connolly Hall rooms 135 A and B, and the bloodmobile will be outside Naval Justice School on Friday, June 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. More opportunities to donate will be offered throughout the season.

Running Opportunities

The Ocean Breeze Running Club meets at the John H. Chafee fitness center every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and heads out on a three to six-mile run led by a certified trainer. All levels are welcome and courses are located both on and off base.

Each Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Fitness Center staff hits the fitness trail and challenges runners to walk, run, and complete obstacles on the route. For more information, call 401-841-3154.

USSVI Meeting

The Rhode Island Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame building (USS Saratoga Museum Foundation), 6854 Post Road, North Kingstown. Agenda items include the election of officers, discussion of a Cold War Memorial, participation in the Gaspee Day and Bristol Fourth of July parades and the SubVets of WWII annual summer picnic. All active and retired submariners are invited to attend. For more information, contact Jack Hunter at 401- 849-7282.

Thrift Shop Summer Hiatus

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop will close for several weeks this summer. The last business day will be Tuesday, June 30, and the store will reopen August 11. Donors are asked to consider other charitable organizations, as any items placed outside the Thrift Shop will be discarded.

Saturday Veterinary Clinic

The Veterinary Clinic will be open Saturday, June 20, 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., Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Call 401-841-3994 or stop by the clinic to make an appointment.

MWR Woof Walk

MWR will host a Woof Walk and obstacle course for accompanied dogs on Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event will include prizes and giveaways, and dog company vendors will be on site.

L'Hermoine Volunteers

George Wardwell of American Legion Post 18 is organizing volunteers to welcome L'Hermoine to Newport July 8 and 9. The tall ship is a replica of the frigate that brought Lafayette to the United States in 1780. The visit is a unique opportunity to celebrate Rhode Island’s rich Revolutionary War history. To volunteer, contact Wardwell at geoedna@aol.com or 401-619-3899.

Coddington Cove Open Water Swim

MWR will hold several open water swim sessions in preparation for the July 26 Sprint Triathlon’s swim component. Upcoming training opportunities are on Mondays, June 22 and 29, at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, June 24 and July 1, at 11:30 a.m. More will be held in July. The swims are open to active duty personnel, retirees, reservists, eligible family members, and DoD employees with base access. Space is limited and advance sign-up at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center is required. For more information, call 401- 841-3154.

MOAA Luncheon

The Southeastern New England Chapter of the Military Officers Association (MOAA) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at the Officers’ Club on Thursday, June 18, at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan, USN (Ret.), president and CEO of the MOAA, who will speak about the latest proposed changes to military bene.ts, including retirement and TRICARE. This meeting is open to all with routine base access. You do not have to be a member of MOAA to attend. The lunch will be a choice of chicken breast stuffed with apple cornbread dressing or pan seared peppered salmon. Cost is $22. For more information and to reserve, call 401-783-0498.

Legion Awards Scholarships

American Legion Post 18 Vice Commander Dan Dougherty recently presented a $1,000 scholarship from the post to Portsmouth High School Senior Lauren Borg. She plans to study nursing at UMASS-Dartmouth. Jillian La- Bonte was awarded a $250 scholarship and will attend Roger Williams University in the fall.

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