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

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Latest Activity: 5 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)





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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 ChrisyDVM(Chris'sMom) 5 hours ago

Thanks chriscwick; I will and I have but I'll tell him again! He had a little set back last night and today. Didn't sleep well and coughed a lot. Having bathroom challenges which is really frustrating him. He did think he did better in PT today so I'm thankful for that. He would like my mom or I to stay with him all the time but my poor mother is exhausted and I work full time so we just can't. We will all be glad when we get a couple of more weeks behind us!

Comment by chriscwick 12 hours ago
Good news! Let him know a bunch of Navy Moms have him on their minds & in their hearts.
Comment by ChrisyDVM(Chris'sMom) yesterday

Paces, thank you so much for your concern and prayers. Dad was transferred to the hospital's rehab last night and the following is what I posted on FB tonight: Praising God that Dad had a good night's sleep of about 5-6 hours he said and a good day in rehab. He's still very weak and they had to move slow but I can tell he's stronger and so can he. He had street clothes on today, his voice is stronger and he fed himself dinner; I only opened the containers for him and cut his food up. Tomorrow he is to try and use his knife to cut his own food up. By 7pm he was sleepy and ready for the nurse to help him get ready for bed. He isn't in much pain unless he has to cough; I'm not sure about PT/OT causing pain though. It's really hard to get up and down and move around with a sore hip and not be able to push up with his hands/arms because of his sternal incision as you could imagine. We are so relieved to see him make clearer baby steps forward even though he has a long road ahead. Thanks again for your prayers!

Comment by paces on Thursday

ChrissyDVM    Good to hear he is eating. Mom had many ups and downs for a few days after her surgery. I think it is normal. Continuing to pray for you, your family and the doctors

Comment by ChrisyDVM(Chris'sMom) on Thursday

Aww, thank you paces. Dad is doing some better. He went back into A Fib early this morning for a few hours then back to sinus rhythm. He's still very weak but eating a little solid food. God is good. Love you, too and thank you for your prayers and concern!

Comment by paces on Wednesday

ChrisyDVM   So good to hear your dad is progressing. I know how difficult it is to watch your mom or dad ill. They are always supposed to be the strong ones. The change in roles is sometimes difficult for us to make from dependent to care giver. I am praying your dad has the positive recovery my mom had. Also, I am glad you were able to restrict his visitors. Rest is most important during this time. Praying for you and remember as Chriscwick said, we are here for you whatever your needs. Love you.

Comment by ChrisyDVM(Chris'sMom) on July 22, 2014 at 5:58pm

Chriscwick, thank YOU! The support here means so much and when I told Dad he had several Navy Mom groups praying for him he was touched! Dad has studied and taught the Bible for many years and has sooo many people praying for him all over the country and over seas! I LOVE my Navy family!

Comment by chriscwick on July 22, 2014 at 11:02am
Thanks for the update Chrissy. Hope things have improved. It is so hard being the intermediary on top of worrying not only about your Dad, but also your Mom and your family. We're here if you need a respite or to vent. Navy Family won't let you sink when things get heavy.
Comment by ChrisyDVM(Chris'sMom) on July 21, 2014 at 9:53pm

Paces, thanks for asking. Here's the two FB posts I made today:  At lunch: Spent a few minutes with Dad and now home to take of Gracie and grab a sandwich. He had a rough night; had a panic attack or two; didn't remember having sx yesterday and was confused. Then he had a paraded of company this morning. The nurse had a sign on the door telling visitors to check with the staff before entering his room by the time I got there. Mom hates to ask people not to come in and doesn't want to hurt people's feelings; I don't have that problem  I didn't think Dad looked good; he's hoarse and weak and not sleeping well. Please leave the visiting to the pastoral staff. He's had company from friends from multiple churches and I know people mean well but they are hurting more than helping. If you want to visit w/ Mom then request that she meet you in the waiting area. Dad doesn't need to here us talking to others about his condition or use his strength to talk/joke/ask about your problems, etc We love you all but please just pray and let him get stronger before visiting him.                                      Tonight at 9pm: Spent a few minutes with Dad and now home to take of Gracie and grab a sandwich. He had a rough night; had a panic attack or two; didn't remember having sx yesterday and was confused. Then he had a paraded of company this morning. The nurse had a sign on the door telling visitors to check with the staff before entering his room by the time I got there. Mom hates to ask people not to come in and doesn't want to hurt people's feelings; I don't have that problem  I didn't think Dad looked good; he's hoarse and weak and not sleeping well. Please leave the visiting to the pastoral staff. He's had company from friends from multiple churches and I know people mean well but they are hurting more than helping. If you want to visit w/ Mom then request that she meet you in the waiting area. Dad doesn't need to here us talking to others about his condition or use his strength to talk/joke/ask about your problems, etc We love you all but please just pray and let him get stronger before visiting him.       

Comment by paces on July 21, 2014 at 8:33am

ChrisyDVM    How is your dad? Do you have an update for us?

Still praying.

 

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