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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: 422
Latest Activity: on Friday


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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Need ideas for Christmas

Started by doenglish. Last reply by jeannie.hollstein@gmail.com 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 Nathalie on Tuesday

Hi all!! I'm not a mom, but a sister of a young MA sailor on his way to Bahrain. My brother left this morning to Virginia and will be heading off to Bahrain on Thursday. Hope to get to know you guys welll!! 

Comment by FloridaMom on August 24, 2015 at 2:44pm

Hi All - New to this group.  Thanks for being here!

Comment by chriscwick on August 18, 2015 at 8:29pm
I was told it would take quite a while for the "boys (& girls) from Bahrain" to re-acclimate to stateside temps. Am so sorry for your HVAC troubles. Hope you're cool & calm real soon. After the 165 degree heat wave the sandbox has had... Year before last we had to replace both up & downstair units. YIKES! Norfolk was lovely. Tell him to be on the base side of the bridges when he apt or home hunts. Enjoy him while he's home. I know y'all are on cloud 9 loving his leave.
Comment by Concernedad on August 18, 2015 at 12:27pm

Thanks BabyJ. Good luck to your sailor. As I saw this morning on the back of my son's backpack, it reads. "Keep hydrated or die". Good advice indeed. 

Comment by Concernedad on August 18, 2015 at 12:25pm

Congrats to you chriswick!
My son will be headed to Norfolk next. Glad to have him stateside. However, first we have him home for a month leave. The funny thing (or not so funny), our air conditioner broke yesterday and with the Texas heat, we are over 100 degrees and the indoor thermostat reads 94 degrees. He thinks we are wimps for complaining and claims that's not hot. 

Comment by chriscwick on August 17, 2015 at 10:16pm
Concernedad- am so very happy for you & your family! Seems we've come full circle together. When you & I had first met on this site my sailor was getting ready to come home after his three years I the sandbox base. Congratulations! Best of luck in his next assignment!! He'll be in the States for a bit, right? My sailor will be completing his stretch on "The Street" some months from now. No choices made yet as to his next adventure. He's married now & we're to be new grandparents in the coming year.
Comment by Irene on August 17, 2015 at 9:02pm

My daughter's orders to Bahrain just got delayed - they are talking about waiting till the new fiscal year.  And they are telling her just one year - she says that is usual for IS.  Thank you, BabyJ2015 regarding the adapters.  I read that they will get an orientation once there, but she is wondering about what to bring and how to get ready.  I hope she can find someone who has been there to talk to.

Comment by BabyJ2015 on August 17, 2015 at 8:00pm
Concernedad, that's great to hear! We have about 22 months to go.
Comment by Concernedad on August 17, 2015 at 10:41am

I can say it now. My son is safely home from Bahrain. 

Comment by Concernedad on August 12, 2015 at 12:11pm

BabyJ, yes, my son's was "voluntold" to stay an extra year. 

 

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