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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: 364
Latest Activity: 40 minutes 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.

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...

Started by loveispatient Jul 27. 0 Replies

Visiting, shopping, travel, etc.

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

Families in Bahrain

Started by Monty's mom. Last reply by Zoya Feb 28. 5 Replies

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Comment by ILoveMySailor 40 minutes ago
Do you all think welcome home military signs are dangerous to put up right now? With all that is going on...
Comment by Concernedad on Wednesday

Not to worry anyone, but shouldn't we be a bit concerned with Obama stating he will send in the military to aid the Ebola virus in Africa?

Comment by notsonewnavymom2014(DIV 162) on Wednesday

My son called me today he passed his GM test !  he will get to come home October then to C school before deployment. I am excited to have him home... continued prayers for all sailors!

Comment by notsonewnavymom2014(DIV 162) on Tuesday

Thank you so much CindyW prayers for safety for those in Bahrain and deploying soon. He was packing 09-15-2014... I hope he will be home soon. He has his final test Tuesday for GM.

Comment by CindyW on September 12, 2014 at 10:42pm
Notsonewnavymom2014 enjoy every minute of your visit while he is home. Our sailor was home for 2 weeks after A school before he went to Bahrain. He is an MA, has been there since January 3,2013. All new arrivals have a 2 week indoc where they will learn the customs and do's and dont's of the island. Communication is very good. In the 18 1/2 months that he has been gone, we have only had about 4 phone calls but I speak with him through fb and iMessages daily or several times a week. We have FaceTime conversations about every 2 weeks, sometimes more often. He has made plenty of friends and on their days off, there are many hints to do for entertainment, depending on what you sailor is into. Movies, bowling, laser tag, the beach, jet ski rental, clubs, brunch, swimming, gym and video games with his friends. The work schedule for an MA is a 12 hour shift, though not sure about any other duty schedule. Our sailor alternates day to night shift every 3 months. There is no galley unless your sailor is attached to a ship. If so he can eat on board ship but otherwise they eat at the Souk or at any of the many "American" fast food and chain restaurants that are available to him. As far as mail, we are in Texas and it takes about 10 days for mail to get to him. I use the flat rate boxes ( if it fits it ships). Put you fears to rest. Once he settles in, you will feel more at ease. Prayers are always given freely from other Navy moms and dads so don't hesitate to ask. We have all been in your shoes. Feel free to send a friend request or ask anything else you need to. Somebody will know the answer
Comment by notsonewnavymom2014(DIV 162) on September 12, 2014 at 12:31am

Thank you Cindy W I am focusing on his visit home before he ships out. I welcome any advice tips and of course prayers

Comment by CindyW on September 10, 2014 at 9:21am
notsonewnavymom2014 it's normal to be freaked out when you hear that your sailor is going to Bahrain. My son has been on island for 18 months and he loves it. This group will ease any fears that you have. It's a great place to have all your questions answered.
Comment by notsonewnavymom2014(DIV 162) on September 10, 2014 at 1:59am

My son just got orders he will be stationed there.... this mom is a little freaked out about it... welcome any advice and of course prayers

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
 

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