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Bahrain Moms

If you have a son or daughter in Bahrain or going to Bahrain heres the group for you!!!!!!

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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 mother always yesterday

Good afternoon to all

It's been a while since I posted the last time...CRG = Coastal Riverine Group

Comment by dori on Tuesday
My son is currently in A school in San Antonio for MA. He got his orders last week for his Duty Station in Bahrain, I'm a little freaked out to say the least. His job description is with CRG2...??? I'm so lost! LOL
Comment by joaniec on April 29, 2015 at 1:01pm

I am going to visit my daughter in Bahrain a few weeks and staying with her for a month. Is there anyone that has made a trip there? Did you get vaccinated before you went?  Any advice?  Thank you

Comment by daqueen on April 28, 2015 at 1:29pm

Hi Pat my daughter is a MA too, also in Bahrain. She is doing good. getting use to the long hours once your daughter learn Bahrain customs, laws and navy do's & don'ts she will be fine. I'm sure her shipmate's who has gone though what she is going to go though  there already will help her. Hopfully she meet my daughter. You can contact me anytime. daqueen

Comment by Pat (Mom of Jenn) on April 27, 2015 at 8:03am
Good morning. My daughter re enlisted in January, and was hoping for orders in San Diego, but the Navy being the Navy, orders came in for Bahrain. She is MA & will be guarding the harbor. Hope to meet some new moms on this site. We are not new to the Navy, but new to this rate & country. Loking forward to talking to everyone.
Comment by JustCathy on April 14, 2015 at 9:48pm

Good Evening Ladies, just a note that I will be leaving your blog since my son is now finished with his job in Bahrain.  So happy to have him home for leave then it is off to Romania.  Although I have not commented often on this blog, it has been nice to read your comments and know that I could talk to someone going through the same worries as myself.  You are a strong group of moms.  So keep up the positive feedback and support!!

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.
 

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