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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: 410
Latest Activity: 12 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.

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.

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Comment by paces 12 hours ago

For those who know others going it will be great because they can acclimate together. The biggest adjustment for our son was the heat. Just encourage them to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The long hours and lack of sleep was also a major adjustment, but for ours the heat was the biggest. We will keep them in our prayers. 

Comment by paces 12 hours ago

ConcernedDad...Our son did not take leave while he was there and he was able to take extra time when he came home before he began his new assignment in CA. He was able to come home for 2 weeks, return to Bahrain for 1 week to exit and then home for a month before reporting to CA. Please let us know and we will do the "Happy Dance" with you. 

chriscwick... Thank you. The Mercy has been great for him. You can read up on their mission on FB under Pacific Partnership. It is really a cool mission. He is one 20 providing security for the ship and their activities. Gives him a totally different perspective of the Navy.

Comment by chriscwick 15 hours ago
Well, crudola Concernedad! Our sailor saved up leave. He had enough days for a bit more than two weeks with us, along with 10 days added to allowed drive time to the new billet at NSSD from NC.
Comment by Concernedad 15 hours ago

Just to update, I may have jumped the gun. Seems he will be leaving Bahrain "sometime" between now and the end of the year. Not so fast there sailor!
Does leave time accrue? He hasn't had any in a year and a half now. 

Comment by Primula Topleaf yesterday

My son as been over in Bahrain for almost two years.  Your kids will be fine.  Yes, they will have some adjustment, but the people over there will help them adjust, what to do and what not to do.  I talk to him on Skype or Facebook chat all the time and he calls when he can.  He is an MA as well.  Just tell them to be prepared for heat, even at night.  All will be well.

Comment by Sinda yesterday
Patrick's mom. Yes I am very nervous. My son will be going there in November, though he is not a MA. There are apparently quite a few MA's going over soon. Best of luck to you and your son.
Comment by Patrick's Mom yesterday
My Son is an MA in A school in San Antonio. Just got his orders for Bahrain. He is also excited and has mentioned some buddies from his BC division are going also! Anyone else terrified?
Comment by chriscwick yesterday
Paces - sorry about illness in the family. My mom had it also. Glad he got home.

The Mercy should hone his skills even more.

Healthy thoughts your way.
Comment by paces yesterday

chriscwick. It has been a while. My husband has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and we almost lost him two weeks ago. J came home on emergency leave and has just left to go back to the USNS Mercy. It was great having him home for a few days. He is enjoying his time on the Mercy. A much different perspective of the Navy for sure. 

Comment by paces yesterday

ConcernedDad - congratulations.  It has been nearly a year now since ours left the sand. I cannot begin to express the relief when he landed in the States. Ours had some anxiety and sleeplessness as chriscwick stated in her comment. It took a while for him readjust to life in the States. He is now on the USNS Mercy on a multinational humanitarian mission. 

Give him a hug and a thank you from us when he gets back.

 

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