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February 2015


Bahrain Moms

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

Members: 388
Latest Activity: 15 hours ago

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)

Discussion Forum

Need ideas for Christmas

Started by doenglish. Last reply by Dec 16, 2014. 3 Replies

SHip car to Bahrain

Started by Barbara. Last reply by Rainylor84 Dec 16, 2014. 2 Replies

Visiting, shopping, travel, etc.

Started by Melissa. Last reply by Chiara Dec 8, 2014. 8 Replies


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Comment by JerseyNavyMom yesterday

My son is being commissioned 5/8 just learned he will be heading to Bahrain assigned to a mindsweeper.  Could use any advice anyone has.  New to all of this.  Not sure what he will have to or should bring with him.

Comment by jlrb on February 13, 2015 at 4:19pm

My son is there and lives off base too.

Here is some advice he gave:

When she gets here, she will go through a whole housing brief and they will explain how things work.  My son used a realtor but he is not sure if they do that any more. He thinks he almost was the last group to do so. There is a housing office right on base that can answer any of her questions. They will give her up to 45 days in a hotel to find an apartment. Hope that helps!

Comment by daqueen on February 13, 2015 at 3:53pm

My daughther is now in Bahrain she has to live off base. I am very nervous about that. Do anyone know of any resources or contacts for looking apartments.This is all new to me I thought bootcamp and A school scary. Any advise or comment would greatly appreciated. daqueen

Comment by sacsocmom on February 4, 2015 at 6:27pm

Can't remember the last time I was on here, but I do want to let you know if you have a facebook account, we have a page for Bahrain. Come check it out.

Comment by Bran's Mom on February 4, 2015 at 5:55pm

Well my son was flew out last night to Bahrain and I am not sure when I will be able to talk to him again. That is the hard part no knowing how he is doing. Laurie, thanks for your comment about visiting.  It is nice to know they can have food delivered.

Comment by Laurie on January 20, 2015 at 3:32pm

I haven't been on the site for a while but wanted give a view of Bahrain.  My son has been stationed there since 12/2012.  I traveled to Bahrain to see him last month after he broke his leg during some recreation on base.  The CO was very nice and gave me a tour of the base and discussed the typical work day/week.  The base area has lots of recreation opportunities and on base shopping.  They do not have a hospital so any serious care is done at a local hospital.  They work 14-15 hour shifts, including the command staff.  My son is an E4 so lives off base.  His apartment is 2 bdrm's and large.  His housing allowance covers the expense. I was somewhat disappointed to learn that they did not offer much support with meals/transportation for sailors in my son's situation (which is basically on housebound for 1 month).  Luckily for him they have "the Hunger line" where you can call for fast food (McDonalds, Burger King, etc.) to be delivered to your door!

Comment by cocoruff on January 19, 2015 at 10:58pm
Hi moms. My son was previously stationed in Sasebo Japan. His ship was decommissioned at Pearl Harbor Hawaii in September. I have been able to spend some time with him the past month, but tomorrow he leaves for Bahrain. I don't know how to feel. I've done some research and it seems like a nice place. I'm going to miss him so. I'm glad I found this group to know other moms feel like myself.
Comment by Lovemyseabee on January 13, 2015 at 11:41pm

KC's Mom...I haven't been on here for awhile. I am so sorry to hear that your son had his wife to leave him when he is doing his job. I feel his pain but on the other side of it. My husband was stationed in Bahrain for a year. He came back to the states a couple of months ago. We were headed to CA to his new duty station when half way across the US he tells me he doesn't want to be married anymore. I was so excited for him to come home and go on with our lives and out of the's over just like that. He got into the partying stage over there, drinking and girls. Hanging out with single (probably lower rank then him) and so, here we are. My prayers go out to all of you. It can be hard on both sides for a military marriage I guess...either service member finds someone while gone or spouse gets tired of being left alone. Either sucks and it hurts. I hope your son has managed to keep focused.

Comment by navymomfromCT (Ship 11, Div.037) on January 12, 2015 at 10:38am

My son is reinlisting and thinking of going to Bahrain

My son has been on the GDub in Yoko, Japan for 3 years and he is ready to reinlist....he was thinking of Hawaii or San Diego....however Bahrain came up on the choices and everybody is telling him to go there.....He is seriously considering this and I am not thrilled with this idea....Everybody is telling him that he will make a lot of money, no taxes, nice housing, beautiful trips, etc....If your son or daughter is in Bahrain recently can you tell me their experience.....Thank you!
Comment by Tammy AO Mom on January 3, 2015 at 8:47pm

I am a new one here. Looking to see what my Sailors life will be like. He has received his orders this will be his next stop. He has lived his whole life in California, born and raised and even stationed in Lemoore Ca. As a mom I am sad but so excited at the same time. I look forward to reading all your comments.


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