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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: 360
Latest Activity: Aug 16


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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Shipping a POV...

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Visiting, shopping, travel, etc.

Started by Melissa. Last reply by MA - Big Als Mama Mar 16. 7 Replies

Families in Bahrain

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Comment by ILoveMySailor on August 8, 2014 at 6:02pm
I hope he'll be stateside after his last year in Bahrain. I'd feel a lot better if he was on U.S soil! Guess it depends on the person and his job... He's an MA
Comment by chriscwick on August 8, 2014 at 5:42pm
Caps lock stuck, didn't mean to appear to be yelling! lol
Comment by chriscwick on August 8, 2014 at 5:42pm
Our MA MWD HANDLER STARTED OUT WITH 2 years in the sand, he picked up leash & gave them another year to "pay back" the kennel for doing training for him. His time in the sand stood for his sea duty since MAs rarely get "wet". He's Stateside now in San Diego (1 yr now)but will go back out into the world after two more years. Guess your sailor's rate will determine how they do it. There have been changes in deployment with all the budget concerns, that may affect things differently.
Comment by ILoveMySailor on August 8, 2014 at 2:37pm
My sailor told me he has to do 36 months of sea duty :/ I thought it was 2 years sea and 2 years shore duty for four active years....
Comment by chriscwick on July 29, 2014 at 10:22am
This, has been & is a scary time for you all. It's hard not being able to be there all the time for not only him but for yourselves. His intestinal issues may right themselves as he gets more active. Hang in there a day at a time!
Comment by ChrisyDVM(Chris'sMom) on July 28, 2014 at 11:29pm

Thanks chriscwick; I will and I have but I'll tell him again! He had a little set back last night and today. Didn't sleep well and coughed a lot. Having bathroom challenges which is really frustrating him. He did think he did better in PT today so I'm thankful for that. He would like my mom or I to stay with him all the time but my poor mother is exhausted and I work full time so we just can't. We will all be glad when we get a couple of more weeks behind us!

Comment by chriscwick on July 28, 2014 at 4:02pm
Good news! Let him know a bunch of Navy Moms have him on their minds & in their hearts.
Comment by ChrisyDVM(Chris'sMom) on July 27, 2014 at 10:30pm

Paces, thank you so much for your concern and prayers. Dad was transferred to the hospital's rehab last night and the following is what I posted on FB tonight: Praising God that Dad had a good night's sleep of about 5-6 hours he said and a good day in rehab. He's still very weak and they had to move slow but I can tell he's stronger and so can he. He had street clothes on today, his voice is stronger and he fed himself dinner; I only opened the containers for him and cut his food up. Tomorrow he is to try and use his knife to cut his own food up. By 7pm he was sleepy and ready for the nurse to help him get ready for bed. He isn't in much pain unless he has to cough; I'm not sure about PT/OT causing pain though. It's really hard to get up and down and move around with a sore hip and not be able to push up with his hands/arms because of his sternal incision as you could imagine. We are so relieved to see him make clearer baby steps forward even though he has a long road ahead. Thanks again for your prayers!

Comment by paces on July 24, 2014 at 8:17am

ChrissyDVM    Good to hear he is eating. Mom had many ups and downs for a few days after her surgery. I think it is normal. Continuing to pray for you, your family and the doctors

Comment by ChrisyDVM(Chris'sMom) on July 23, 2014 at 10:56pm

Aww, thank you paces. Dad is doing some better. He went back into A Fib early this morning for a few hours then back to sinus rhythm. He's still very weak but eating a little solid food. God is good. Love you, too and thank you for your prayers and concern!

 

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