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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: 394
Latest Activity: on Saturday


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)





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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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Comment by CindyW on March 22, 2015 at 10:19am
My son has loved his time over in the sand. He is an MA so not attached to any ship. He works 12-13 hour days, 4 on and 3 off most of the time but their rotation does change. He also changes from days to night every 4 months. That being said, the heat is the biggest adjustment for them. As you know the temps get to 118-120 during summer months. We are from Texas so we see some pretty hot days here so it wasn't that big a shock for my sailor. Communication is really good once you get used to the time difference. We speak by txt or FaceTime at least once a week. There is no galley on base so all meals will be eaten out but most places are open 24 hours. They have "American Alley" where pretty much any fast food they could get at home can be found, along with chain restaurants. My sailor has met so life long friends. He lived off base in a flat with a room mate, has a bicycle to get to base (10 minute ride)and there are plenty of things to see and do in their down time. Hope this helped you some ladies. I will try to answer any other questions and if I can't, someone in this site can. I'm on an 11 day countdown til my sailor is home. Have a blessed day
Comment by Penny_Nuke_MM2_NimitzNuke on March 22, 2015 at 2:32am

CindyW - our son is currently in Yokosuka aboard the USS Mustin (a destroyer) and will be heading to Bahrain in August.  They also thought they would get sent stateside (he, his wife and 4 year old daughter) but were shocked to learn he has to go serve one year (by himself) in Bahrain.

Comment by Sugar02 on March 22, 2015 at 1:46am
CindyW - My son will be going to Bahrain in the next few weeks. What is your son's opinion of being stationed there? My son has been in Yoko, Japan for last 3 years on a destroyer. We were hoping he would be returning to the states for this deployment but no such luck :)
Comment by CindyW on March 16, 2015 at 2:19pm
Minemen Mom I also have a son on island. He's been there for 26 months and is due to leave island at the beginning of April. He will be home for 30 days and then stationed in Groton Connecticut.
Comment by d'smom on March 16, 2015 at 1:11pm
Hi Minemen Mom74, I also have a son in Bahrain. He just arrived last week. He too is a minemen. It is hard to believe that they are so far from home! The couple of times that I have heard from him this week he sounds like things are going well. Know that you are not alone:)
Comment by Minemen Mom74 on March 16, 2015 at 11:51am

Hello Hello Hello.....
Just popping in to see how many Navy Moms currently have family in Bahrain?

My son is there and has been there since 10/2014...figured maybe if I wasnt the only mom with someone there then it would help ease my anxiety a little.

Anywho , Have a SUNSHINY Day :)

Comment by JerseyNavyMom on February 27, 2015 at 12:14am

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/664105946934160/

 

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