2015-06-18 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs


War Gaming The Naval Command College at the U.S. Naval War College recently introduced a new senior-level war game. Twenty-seven international and six U.S. Arleigh Burke Fellow students participated in an exercise June 11 and 12. The students were divided into seven country teams and worked to achieve their own political objectives, while also playing to win with their allies. War Gaming The Naval Command College at the U.S. Naval War College recently introduced a new senior-level war game. Twenty-seven international and six U.S. Arleigh Burke Fellow students participated in an exercise June 11 and 12. The students were divided into seven country teams and worked to achieve their own political objectives, while also playing to win with their allies. Detour Alerts

Construction season is in full swing at Naval Station Newport with sewer line work; paving, and utility repair projects taking place all around the base. Some of the projects will impact commuters and members of the public who use naval station roadways.

. Gate 1 Closure

Gate 1, commonly referred to as the Naval Station main gate located at the end of Training Station Road, will be closed June 22 through the end of July in order to complete work on the causeway. All traffic, including pedestrian traffic, will be rerouted to Gate 2, at the end of Third Street extension. All commercial vehicle traffic is reminded to only use Gate 17 on Defense Highway in Middletown to enter and depart the installation.

. Defense Highway Detours

Sewer work will be done between the boat launch in Middletown and the intersection of Stringham Road and Defense Highway in Portsmouth (near Melville Boat Basin) July 7 (weather/ equipment dependent). Traffic will be detoured via West Main Road and Greene Lane. Detour signs will be posted on Defense Highway, Stringham Road, Greene Lane and West Main Road. Defense Highway is U.S. Navy property that is currently on the excess property list and this maintenance is being done via U.S. Navy contracting.

Operators should follow all posted road work signage and allow for extra travel time through these areas.

For up-to-date information on installation operations, follow NAVSTA at facebook.com/ NAVSTANewport.

Blood Drives on Base

The Rhode Island Blood Center will hold two blood drives on base Monday, June 29. The John H. Chafee Fitness Center will host in the gym’s basketball court from 4-7 p.m., and the bloodmobile will be in the parking lot behind NUWC Building 80 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More opportunities to donate will be offered throughout the season.

Feds Feed Friends

The annual Feds Feed Friends campaign is now underway at Naval Station Newport. The food drive encourages all federal employees, military and civilian, to bring nonperishable goods for donation to local food banks and pantries. Collection boxes are located at the Commissary, Navy Exchange, Fleet and Family Support Center, NAPS, Building 690 Headquarters, and the Chapel of Hope. Last year, the drive netted more than 45,000 pounds of food for area hunger programs. The campaign will run through August. For more information, call the Chapel of Hope at 401-841-2234.

O’Club Music

The Officers’ Club concerts will continue weekends throughout the summer. Music on the deck begins at 5:30 p.m. Fridays, with the Stephanie Hansen Band on June 19 and Sure Thing on June 26. The Saturday concerts begin at 6 p.m., with TransMission on June 20 and Mike Hohmann set for June 27. All hands with base access are welcome to attend. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

Push/Pull Fitness Challenge

Workouts are heating up at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center and the gym will hold the Push/Pull Fitness Challenge on Wednesday, June 24, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The challenge will take place at the TRX Box outside, weather permitting. Register at the front desk by Monday, June 22. For more information, call 401-841-3154.

Employee of the Year

Congratulations to NEX Services Command Associate of the Year Barbette Grisham, who was named the top associate for 2014 out of a field of more than 14,000 employees worldwide.

Grisham is a 19-year veteran of the Navy Exchange system. She began working as a security guard in a Norfolk warehouse in 1996, then moved into quality assurance, eventually going to work in the “cash cage.” When she and her husband, Navy retiree Andre Grisham, an instructor at Navy Supply Corps School, moved to Newport at the end of 2010, she worked at the NEX Mini Mart. The outgoing Grisham switched to customer service last April and realized she found her dream job.

“I love working in customer service – and I love living in Newport, especially in the summer,” she exclaimed.

So what’s she doing to do to celebrate being named worldwide Associate of the Year? She laughed, “I’m going to Georgia to enjoy my 50th birthday with my kids and grandkids.”

Military Women Across the Nation

The R.I. Ocean State Women Veterans Unit 118 will hold its annual luncheon meeting Thursday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers’ Club. Capt. Dennis Boyer, commanding officer of Naval Station Newport, will address the group. Lt. Jami Garrett, Navy Supply Corps School, will be recognized as the Rhode Island Military Woman of the Year. The event is open to anyone interested in attending but registration is required. Call 401- 294-2434 for more information.

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