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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: 377
Latest Activity: Dec 16


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. 3 Replies

SHip car to Bahrain

Started by Barbara. Last reply by Rainylor84 Dec 16. 2 Replies

Visiting, shopping, travel, etc.

Started by Melissa. Last reply by Chiara Dec 8. 8 Replies

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Comment by jaron'smom on December 12, 2014 at 1:05pm

that is good to know..... it's been quite an adventure thus far.

Comment by Penny_Nuke_MM2_Prototypestaff_BS on December 11, 2014 at 9:58pm

Jaron's Mom - there is no reason to be nervous.  It seems from everyone that has been there that the base is exceptionally safe.  Please do not worry about your son - the Navy will be taking care of him.

Comment by jaron'smom on December 11, 2014 at 3:58pm

So, is this a base where the Sailors are permanently stationed?  My son may have to fly here to stay temp to catch his ship.  this makes me very nervous....

Comment by Angie on December 9, 2014 at 9:37pm
Thank you Cindy D I just hope that she at least contacts me often but she's attached to a ship so I'm thinking that won't be possible and I probably won't hear from her as much as I would like. I really hope she does do better than I will.
Comment by Cindy D on December 9, 2014 at 8:00pm
Angie, my son is a BM and has only been there for about a month. The first week was hard on him but he has settled in and likes it now. He said it took a long time for the jet lag to wear off and for him to get on track. I'm sure it will be fine. Sometimes i think it is harder on us then it is on them. Hugs to you!
Comment by Angie on December 9, 2014 at 7:49pm
I just wanted to know if anyone has a family member who is a GSM and if so do you have any information to calm my nerves.
Comment by Angie on December 9, 2014 at 7:36pm
Hi my daughter just left today to Bahrain after being here for 11 days after A school I am very anxious and
Comment by loveispatient on December 8, 2014 at 4:36pm

Does anyone know any information on the ombudsman or how I can get it?

Comment by ILoveMySailor on November 14, 2014 at 11:52pm
Can anyone give me advice about moving with newly married husband...I'm a little scared about leaving home and getting situated into the military life. I know it won't be easy leaving home.
Comment by jeannie.hollstein@gmail.com on October 24, 2014 at 12:35pm

Has anyone ever gone to Bahrain to visit their son/daughter while they were deployed?

 

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