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Bahrain Moms

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

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Latest Activity: 2 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)

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Need ideas for Christmas

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Comment by A's Mom on October 3, 2015 at 1:50am
Hi Everyone! I am brand new to this group. My son just finished his 1 1/2 year training a few weeks ago and just received his first orders, to Bahrain. He just joined his new squadron and will be heading to Bahrain in January or February.
Comment by Sinda on September 16, 2015 at 6:32pm
My son was told at least a year. Haven't heard of assistance for family to visit. We ate hoping to visit in 2016 if he doesn't come home to stay then.
Comment by shonuff1968 on September 16, 2015 at 11:30am

cjbmom, You are exactly right. My son has been there for a year and a half.  It is a safe are, and most do love it all except the heat and humidity. :-)

Comment by cjbmom on September 16, 2015 at 10:27am

My daughter just left for Bahrain yesterday...  It's tough when they leave.  This is her first deployment.  She was told it is for 2 years, she is MA also.  No need to freak out from what I understand, it is safe area.  From what I've been told, they all love it there aside from the heat.  

Comment by Karen93 on September 16, 2015 at 9:06am

Thanks Sinda and ImSevenUP for your input as well.  I guess we are all in the same boat.  I'm curious how long they stay there for.  My son is just out of boot camp.  He said his orders could last for 2-3 years at one base.  Also, he mentioned there are special airfare programs for military family members that will help us visit him.  Has anyone heard of this before?. 

Comment by Karen93 on September 16, 2015 at 9:01am

Thanks BabyJ2015... Its good to hear from another MA mom in Bahrains. 

Comment by ImSevenUp on September 15, 2015 at 8:48pm
Hi Bahrain Moms. My son has been in the Navy for a couple of years now. He is going to Bahrain in a couple of weeks. We both did a lot of research; me online for hours and days, and he talking to all the other sailors who have already been there and back. They all said it was a great opportunity, not scary, good communications to home, and if you can tolerate (survive) the heat, there are some interesting things to do and see if you get any leave while there. I was super worried at first but feel a bit more at ease now. We should know soon enough after those first few calls home. Good luck to your men and women and let's compare notes once they're there! Kim
Comment by Sinda on September 15, 2015 at 6:28pm

My son will be arriving in Bahrain in November. My dr has been there and she loved it. However she wasn't military. I am concerned. Determined not to let my son know how concerned I am. I am sure that I will be holding my breath until he comes home like most mom's. This is what they do. I am glad that it is not like 30 yrs ago when it would be months before we would hear from them.
Comment by BabyJ2015 on September 15, 2015 at 4:24pm
Hi Karen93, I understand I how you feel. My son is an MA and had been there for 4 months. The hardest part was when he first got there and it took time before we heard from him. But once he settled in we have been able to text on a regular basis and now we skype at least once a week. It's a pretty safe place so no need to worry, he'll be fine, it's just hot.
Comment by Karen93 on September 15, 2015 at 4:09pm

What is the danger level for MA is this area?  Please tell me I'm over reacting.  Scarred silly!


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