2015-07-23 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs


Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president, U.S. Naval War College, gives remarks during the Black Ships Festival. (U.S. Navy photo by Ezra Bolender) Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president, U.S. Naval War College, gives remarks during the Black Ships Festival. (U.S. Navy photo by Ezra Bolender) Sprint Triathlon

Naval Station Newport will host the Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, July 26. All are welcome to participate and the base will be open to the public for the event. The first wave of swimmers will hit the water in Coddington Cove at 7:15 a.m., with a 10.5-mile bike ride and three-mile run to follow. The triathlon is limited to 300 participants. Registration fees: military personnel and eligible family members, $45; DoD civilians, $60; contractors and members of the public, $75; and two- and three-member teams, $85.

Register online at finishright.com. For more information, contact the John H. Chafee Fitness Center at 401-841-7355 or navalstationnewportri@gmail.com.

TRICARE for College Students

Adult children may be eligible for regular TRICARE benefits if enrolled in an approved institution of higher education full time, are unmarried, and the sponsor provides more than 50 percent financial support. Eligibility continues until age 23 or graduation, whichever comes first. Be sure to update the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) with your child’s student status. You’ll also need a letter from the school registrar's office verifying your child’s enrollment. Visit MilConnect for more information.

Military Youth Adventures

The Rhode Island National Guard Child and Youth Program has a kayak nature program and a fishing excursion coming up. Military children ages 10 and up can learn the basics of kayaking and spend the day on the Wood River on Thursday, July 30, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kayaks and life vests are provided and a lifeguard will be with boaters at all times. After lunch, attendees will study wildlife in nearby streams.

The West Bay Anglers invite military youth, ages 6 -18, to join them Tuesday, Aug. 4, for a free fishing trip out on the water. A charter yacht will leave Narragansett Pier at 1 p.m. and return at 5 p.m. Rods, reels, and bait will be provided for free. Each youth will also be given a free hot dog or hamburger lunch.

All attendees should bring sunscreen and a water bottle. Registration for both programs is requested. Contact Holland Tulip for information at 401-275-1254 or holland.k.tulip.ctr@mail.mil. Forms are available at ri.ng.mil/familyprograms/ cyprogram and may be faxed to 401-275-4323.

Navy League Military Appreciation Night

The Newport County Council of the Navy League will hold its annual Military Appreciation Night and dinner on Thursday, July 30 at the Atlantic Beach Club. Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, USN, president of the Naval War College will be the guest speaker. Businesses are invited to sponsor the invited military members for the dinner. Individual tickets are $40.

For more information on sponsorships and reservations, contact Pat Burke at 401-864-4028 or email milappnight2015@newportnavyleague.us. Reservations requested by July 24.

Eagle Visit

The U.S. Coast Guard Eagle is making a port call in Newport Aug. 7-10 before concluding its summer cadet training. Aboard the Barque Eagle, cadets and officer candidates are taught practical seamanship skills while indoctrinating them in the Coast Guard's afloat leadership laboratory.

Built at the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, Eagle is one of three sail-training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of the war, the ship was taken as a war reparation by the U.S., re-commissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Conn., which has been its home port ever since.

Black Ships Festival

A color guard from U.S. Naval War College parades the colors in front of a memorial statue of Commodore Matthew C. Perry as part of the 32nd annual Black Ships Festival. Presented by the Japan-America Society of Rhode Island, the festival is an educational and entertaining cultural exchange that honors Perry and the establishment of friendly trade relations between the United States and Japan. Perry, a Newport native, negotiated the treaty that brought the two countries together as trading partners for the first time in history.

‘Starship Poseidon’ Camp

Seventy-five students attended the five-day “Starship Poseidon” STEM camp held at Naval Station Newport earlier this month. The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp’s goal is to launch future scientists. Campers came from throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas for the learning adventure. Professor William Bundy, chair of the NWC Warfare Analysis and Research Department, and director of the Gravely Research Group, was the driving force behind securing funding to run a camp this year. Projects included how to make potable water; using geospatial mapping technology; designing bridges; use of biomedicine and science in the fight against disease; the SeaPerch; and the Trebuchet (a catapult-like device). For more information on the Navy and STEM careers, go to navy.com/stem.

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