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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: 369
Latest Activity: on Saturday


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)

Discussion Forum

Our son has moved on ...

Started by Penny_Nuke_MM2_NimitzNuke. Last reply by navymomds Dec 16, 2016. 1 Reply

My son is will be leaving US soon.

Started by Samson. Last reply by dixie Nov 18, 2016. 6 Replies

On base versus off base living

Started by PCL. Last reply by jeannie.hollstein@gmail.com Feb 20, 2016. 4 Replies

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Comment by OKMarti on January 1, 2017 at 4:43pm

I am curious to know....when do they get to start planning their R&R trips? I'm expecting my son home around May of this year, so when can I expect him to know when he will fly out?

Comment by ValK on January 1, 2017 at 2:25pm

Hi NavyGal - Happy New Year.  We have a son on the Base in Bahrain.  What has worked best for contact is texting and WiFi calls are besty, no extra charges when he calls home.  I know they have to do A LOT of walking on and off base.  Funny, he mentioned 2 weeks ago was the first time they had rain since he's been there about 10 months.

Comment by Mom of NavyGal on December 31, 2016 at 12:23pm

Hi, I'm new to this page, and have been reading the many comments to help me understand the "Bahrainian Experience" as I call it. My daughter leaves in Feb for Bahrain. She is a PS. Just wondering how it will be for a daughter on the base. I see a lot if posts for sons, not as many for daughters...also, should she just buy a cell phone there, or add international services on her cell here - we has Verizon. Also, she'll be living on base (from what I am reading) wondering how good the internet is in Bahrain. She is busy finishing school, so am trying not to ask a lot of questions of her, especially since she doesn't know. Gonna miss my baby, BUT so very excited for her as we traveled Europe a lot when we were lived over there. Also, I was thinking of visiting next Dec - during the cooler months but am not sure if I should ...sorry for all the questions...just wanting to alleviate my questions and worry. 

Comment by navymomds on December 16, 2016 at 7:07pm

My Son will be heading off to Bahrain for the second time :( it never gets easier but we all learn to deal with it but worry everyday he will be gone this time for 7 long months :( I think what I hate the most is that he is away from his wife and daughter but I wish all of loved ones a safe deployment and a SAFE return home

Comment by Diane Makin on November 19, 2016 at 5:18pm

Hello!  My son flew out a year and  a half ago to Bahrain from base.  You daughter should be able to bring you on the base and you can go to the airport there with her and wait until she boards or takes off.  Then you just have to get yourself off the base.  It is hard as it is a military flights there are a lot of military waiting for flight.  She will be ok hang in there.

Comment by proud mom of Kayla on November 19, 2016 at 4:39pm
my daughter flies out December 20th to begin her adventure in Bahrain. I am really having a very hard time dealing with it. she has said that it would be better to say my "see you later's" when she comes home earlier on December instead of coming to the airport on the day she ships out. since she is flying from base it would be difficult for me to get through security unless her boyfriend can escorts me. Does the navy not make special arrangements to see your loved ones off like they do after boot camp?
Comment by sacsocmom on November 18, 2016 at 1:27pm

  There is a Bahrain Facebook page. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/664105946934160/

Comment by dixie on November 18, 2016 at 10:37am

Good Morning everyone,

My son has arrived safe and sound to Bahrain. First Thank you Jesus.  I'm trying to figure out what to send him for Christmas. Any ideas was be great. I am so glad to be a member of this group. I know all other groups so far are what keeps me halfway sane. We ae from S.C.

Comment by Irene on August 23, 2016 at 3:38pm

Hi all, my daughter who is currently stationed in Bahrain wants to bring her sister over for a week's visit.  Her sister is 22 so no problem with her being a minor, but I am wondering if others who have been there recently to visit their family member stationed there could share their experiences.  Is it easy to enter the country?  Online it seems to be saying that you "buy" a visa at the airport - basically sounds like a $25 fee to enter the country - and you're done.  Is that for real?  Thanks for any help you all can offer.

Comment by Roni13 on August 16, 2016 at 6:04pm

Hi Ryan's mom,

My son has been in Bahrain now for 3 months and he is having a great time.  I know that might be maddening to read, and to my surprise he is taking advantage of everything the base has to offer, making new friends and trying to enjoy being a sailor.

I too felt like you did when we found out where he was being shipped off to.  On a lighter note, my son text me weekly, Facetime's with me when he can and keeps the lines of communication open.  Its so much more than I had before he joined the Navy.

I'll keep you and your sailor in my prayers for a steady transition.  

Be strong mom and it will all work out for your sailor :)

 

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