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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: 454
Latest Activity: Jan 30


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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Comment by CryptoDad on January 22, 2016 at 3:09pm

CryptoMom had no trouble recognizing American Alley.

Comment by Violet on January 22, 2016 at 2:44pm
Thanks for sharing this pic!!!
Comment by CryptoDad on January 22, 2016 at 2:32pm

This came across FB today. Thought I'd share...

Comment by klo5xmom on January 21, 2016 at 11:01pm
My son has been there for several months. I habe discovered that Amazon will ship there and they also have snack boxes you can send.
Comment by BabyJ2015 on January 21, 2016 at 7:52pm
Hi PLC, my son has come back to the states but while he was there I sent him care packages with all kinds of snacks, books, etc. he loved them so it was worth filling out customs forms at the post office. We would also Skype. He loved seeing us "in person "
Comment by Irene on January 21, 2016 at 7:39pm

Sorry - just to correct - I see that you are PCL.  Also, you asked about advice for moms - pray a lot!!  I also passed out my daughter's address to all family and friends and asked them to write her, and she has been so encouraged by all the letters she has received.

Comment by Irene on January 21, 2016 at 7:37pm

Hi PLC, See if your son and you can load SKYPE onto your computers so that you can talk.  My daughter also got an app for her phone called VIBER that lets her text us for free, but you have to have it on your phone too to receive his texts.  Has he been able to connect with anyone from his future work group?  That can be helpful - just to talk to someone who is there already and can tell him what to expect.

Comment by Violet on January 21, 2016 at 5:30pm
PLC my Son has been there about three weeks now and he is enjoying it. He is on a minesweeper but it is in drydock so he has not been out yet. He has joined a football team and met lots of new people. If ur son has an iPhone be sure to tell him to turn off the cellular roaming or it will eat your data whether you have Wi-Fi or not .
Comment by PCL on January 21, 2016 at 4:56pm
Hello
Any advice for mom who's son who will be leaving soon?
PCL
Comment by Irene on January 20, 2016 at 11:11am

Hi Vicki, What job will your son be doing in Bahrain?  My daughter is in IS.

 

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