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Bahrain Moms

If you have a son or daughter in Bahrain or going to Bahrain heres the group for you!!!!!!

Members: 473
Latest Activity: May 14


Life in Bahrain
I have many moms asking me, hows life in Bahrain? So I thought I would put a few things together, post it and update, make corrections as I remember something. Well aside from the very hot sun, nice beaches,museums,malls on and off base,the sand storms , which reak havoc on the weapons some carry :). Here are a few thing that might help.

New Arrivals
1. 2 or 3 weeks of training and classes to learn Bahrain customs,laws and the Navys do's & don't's
2. Not allowed off base til the training is complete.
3. No family housing. Non military persons were removed after 9/11. ("09" spouses allowed back )
4. Lower rank personal(I'll check the rank) must live on base in barricks. Others live off base in rental units.

Duty
1. Shifts are 12 hours long.
2. No uniforms are to be worn off base at any time only civ's (civilian cloths)
3. Unlike the States, there week is Sunday - Thursday weekend is Friday and Saturday.

Misc.
1.They buy cell phones on base at the mall or Nex. They can call you for about 10 cents and send texts for 10 cent per text. (Tho in Bahrain they go by BD'S Bahrain Dollars).
NOTE: They CAN NOT text to some cell phone services. The ones I know are Nextel,Verizon and Sprint.
2. Everything they need can be bought on base at the mall or Nex. Even computers,tv's, music,movies .....everything......
3. Drinking: 18 is the legal drinking age in Bahrain on and off base.This goes for the military personal also with one Navy rule in order to buy/drink liquor or whiskey you must be 21, but at 18 they can consume/purchase beer and wine.

Mail
1. They have a on base post office. Which is closed I belive on Monday's.
2. On packages/letters you send DO NOT write Bahrain,middle east or Manama anywhere on the outside of the mail. This may make it arrive to the town P.O.(Manama) instead of onbase. The military ships its own mail but if it does not arrive to the state side base to be shipped to your sailor than its put on a internatial mail flight and sent to the town P.O. Your sailor will have a p.o. box with a FPO address on base only use the address he/she gives you and your return address. It will look something like this.
*Rank Name*
PSC ??? Box ???
FPO AE 09840-2800



http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/home.asp
http://www.bahraintribune.com/index.asp
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/bahrain/index.htm (This one is the base news)





Sailors on a Liberty Tour

U.S. NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain -- The Oklahoma City rock band "Hinder" peforms outside the NSA Bahrain's Freedom Souq June 22. The hundreds of attendees included service members assigned to NSA Bahrain and from visiting ships USS Peleliu (LHA-5), USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), USS Curts (FFG-38) and USS Dallas (SSN-700). The event was sponsored by the NSA Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anderson Bomjardim (Released)

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On base versus off base living

Started by PCL. Last reply by jeannie.hollstein@gmail.com Feb 20. 4 Replies

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Comment by ValK on May 14, 2016 at 8:58pm

We just sent our first care package to son in Bahrain.  He asked for his leg roller, Yeti cups, & civi clothes.  Anyone know how long they stay on base?  He's in IT & already talking about an apartment.  He mentioned there is a Dairy Queen & Starbucks on every corner.

Comment by guysmom on May 14, 2016 at 8:54pm

Diane I too was sick to my stomach hearing my son would be going to Bahrain. You take one day at a time. There are families there so it is fairly safe.  My son is doing well. Making friends .  

Comment by kalex on May 14, 2016 at 5:23pm

Hi Diane...Our son left the states for Bahrain on Dec. 1st last year. He spent 2 weeks "on hold" so to speak in Norfolk, VA before flying out. He was on leave at home for about 10 days before that, actually flying to Indiana with us after his A school graduation in San Antonio-my husband, daughter and I had flown out for that. He had to have his orders changed to take the leave, and we didn't know until we got to Texas that it was arranged. I'm already forgetting some details, but I think he picked up his passport in Norfolk. We keep in contact by FB messenger (like texting for us) and Skype (have 2-3 hour video conversations whenever his schedule and the 8-9 hour time difference allows). Our son is a Master at Arms, guarding the base. He has had many challenges, of course, in his Navy journey, but he is faring well and has matured a bunch. We all hope he will come home on leave later this year-his deployment will probably be 2 years, but sailors are supposed to earn about a month each year, I believe. We-re not sure if he will be allowed a whole month at a time though. Hope this helps a bit and prayers for you, your sailor and your family...

Comment by Sassysis on May 14, 2016 at 4:39pm

I am guessing your son is MA.  Our daughter has been there since February and she likes it.  Her tour is 2 years, which I believe that is how it is for most of them.  She will get to come home next spring hopefully.  Sprint now has a tower there so that helps for quick phone calls I know I Phones work as well.  We use Skype a lot and until I got her phone set up for international we used What's App for texting (both free).  Once he gets into section their work days are quite long.  Hope his helps

Comment by Diane on May 14, 2016 at 8:05am

Good morning..My son just found out a couple of days ago he will be going to Bahrain after his A school in San Antonio. To say the least, I am very upset, concerned and afraid for his safety. To be honest, I was hoping he was going to get stationed somewhere closer to home :(   I am a member of navy moms and never realized this group existed, I am thankful it does.

My son said that they didn't tell him how long he will be there or what his job will be. If anyone knows how long they are usually there and how often they will get leave to come home can you please update me. Any info or details will be helpful, I am a little overwhelmed with all this. Thank you

Comment by ellen0502 on May 12, 2016 at 3:25am

Guinness, Here are the basics. The Navy pays for the flight from A School to their duty station, and makes the travel arrangements. The Sailors then needs to let the person handling their arrangements that they need to fly from A School home, and from home to their duty station. What the Sailor is charged for is the difference in ticket price.

Example: From A School to duty station the cost is $850 (just a number). To fly from A School home costs $450, and from home to duty station $500. Sailor would pay the difference of $100.

In some cases (such as an overseas duty), the Sailor may have to make a flight from home to a flight already arranged to their duty station. Same thing applies the Sailor pays the difference in cost.

There are restrictions on how soon arrangements can be made to change flights, and your Sailor will know. Sometimes it can be a little harried trying to change flights etc, and it might change the days at home (because of flights), but there is someone to help get it accomplished.

Comment by Guinness77 on May 11, 2016 at 8:35pm
Can anyone explain how the sailor can fly home prior to deployment, after A school and how much they will have to pay?
Comment by A's Mom on May 8, 2016 at 7:41am
Comment by Dolo on April 30, 2016 at 9:15am

I will be leaving this group now.  My daughters orders changed after a few weeks.  At this time she wont be going there.   Good luck to all of you & your sailors

Comment by FLmom5 on April 27, 2016 at 2:00pm

Thank you for the comments and suggestions.  I feel a little overwhelmed at this point.  I never dreamt my son would be sent so far away right after A school!

 

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