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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: 480
Latest Activity: Jul 20

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.

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.

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.

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 (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 Feb 20. 4 Replies

Care packages

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Comment by Irene on June 14, 2016 at 9:10pm

One big tourist attraction there is the "Tree of Life" - one lone tree on the island that is estimated to be over 400 yrs. old.  With a chuckle my daughter told us that there is a museum and gift shop next to the lone tree!

Comment by Irene on June 14, 2016 at 9:09pm

Wow, yes lots of green!  My daughter says it is rare there and takes lots of watering.  She has been there since last Sept. and only seen it drizzle once.  Thanks for the info, Beth, regarding the other base.  I had heard it was pretty primitive.  The other base sounds really nice, and I am grateful that my daughter gets to be near it.  It is hard enough adjusting to life there.  One nice thing she has told me - that locals come to sell crafts and hand made items on the base.  She has gotten some beautiful tapestries and wooden carved items.

Comment by CryptoDad on June 14, 2016 at 7:06pm

Lots of green, both on base and the surrounding residential neighborhood.

Color guard preparing to raise my dad's memorial flag in front of  NAVCENT HQ.(His flag has flown over all of CryptoGirl's duty stations.) Plenty of green in the background.

Comment by KC'smom on June 14, 2016 at 3:57pm
What? Is that right on base?? That's great :-) is it the only green around?
Comment by CryptoDad on June 14, 2016 at 3:30pm

The "nicer navy base" is easy to find with google maps:

Comment by KC'smom on June 14, 2016 at 11:49am
Irene: I did the same thing with google maps looking at the area where my son's base is. Unlike when we look at a place in the US..... It was ALL BROWN SAND!! No grass. No green. Literally brown everywhere. I asked my son if that was for real & he said YES! Haha. No green. He said something about the nicer navy base up north having planted some plants?? to make it look nice but not at his base.
Comment by KC'smom on June 14, 2016 at 11:45am
BethD: my son deploys to the ugly crappy one south of the nice one! Haha. They aren't stationed there, they "deploy" there for several months at a time. No more than 6 months. While there, his accommodations are a storage pod ( he gets it all to himself ) and it comes with a door, a cot & AC. No bathroom. They share a common bathhouse. It has a mess hall & room with ping pong & wifi. It's actually a Bahraini Air Force base that they stay on. He's been 4 times. When they leave the base they have to travel in groups & avoid main roads. There is a bus they can take up to the nice navy base. It's about 1.5hr away. Hope that helps.
Comment by Irene on June 11, 2016 at 10:08am

One fun thing we did recently is look up our daughter's address in Bahrain on Google earth.  It was fun to see her building and what the neighborhood looked like - in general, that is.  The pictures there are not as extensive as the ones of U.S. addresses.  But we got a kick out of seeing Starbucks logos with Arabic writing, and other American fast food places there!

Comment by Irene on June 11, 2016 at 10:04am

Hi BethD, Wow - two kids in the Navy!  God bless you! :)  My daughter is in Bahrain and has been since 9/15.  Yes, there are two bases there.  She is stationed at the really big one in the north.  That has everything - a food court with American food, a movie theater, grocery shopping, post office - you name it.  Plus she can order anything she needs from Amazon and they will ship it to her.  We find it takes about 2 weeks for mail to get through and that is also how long it takes for a priority mail package to arrive. So they have everything they need.  However, I will say that she has had a difficult time adjusting.  She has to live off base in a 95% non-American occupied apt. bldg.  They want the Americans to spread out so that certain bldgs. will not become targets. For a woman living alone in a predominantly Muslim culture, it has been difficult.  She has had to learn not to look at anyone or even answer hello to anyone.  But, the men seem to adapt much better and enjoy the time there.  The city is pretty modern and the men can go where they want to and see the sights, so she said they enjoy the experience much more.  I don't know much about the other base except that it is smaller and does not have many amenities. I think it depends on what their job is where they get sent.  She is an office person in Intelligence.  I know I have seen that other moms in this group have sons at the other base - perhaps one of them can give us more info?

Comment by ValK on June 10, 2016 at 9:05pm

Anything I can help with OKMarti?  I'm a Mom.


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