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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: 481
Latest Activity: Sep 20

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.

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.

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.

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 (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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On base versus off base living

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Care packages

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Comment by dixie on September 20, 2016 at 8:47pm

I was wondering since they will not be wearing uniform off base and while traveling should he pack his clothes and things in a regular suit case instead of sea bag.

Comment by dixie on September 18, 2016 at 8:27pm

Hi everyone, My son will leaving for Bahrain sometimes in November. I am so glad I found this group. I have been on all since he left in Jan. These groups and all the moms have made life a little easier.  So I'm looking for any info that will be helpful. We are from South Carolina anyone else.

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 :)

Comment by Ryans mom4 (ship 11 div 057) on August 16, 2016 at 3:13pm
One of my worst nitrates is coming true, having my sailor son deployed to middle east, Behrain. I am so worried. One hears so many stories of bombings ECT to our military bases and personnel. How has it been for your sailors? Do they feel safe? Any suggestions to send with him. Thank you all for your support!
Comment by Irene on June 14, 2016 at 9:10pm

One big tourist attraction there is the "Tree of Life" - one lone tree on the island that is estimated to be over 400 yrs. old.  With a chuckle my daughter told us that there is a museum and gift shop next to the lone tree!

Comment by Irene on June 14, 2016 at 9:09pm

Wow, yes lots of green!  My daughter says it is rare there and takes lots of watering.  She has been there since last Sept. and only seen it drizzle once.  Thanks for the info, Beth, regarding the other base.  I had heard it was pretty primitive.  The other base sounds really nice, and I am grateful that my daughter gets to be near it.  It is hard enough adjusting to life there.  One nice thing she has told me - that locals come to sell crafts and hand made items on the base.  She has gotten some beautiful tapestries and wooden carved items.

Comment by CryptoDad on June 14, 2016 at 7:06pm

Lots of green, both on base and the surrounding residential neighborhood.

Color guard preparing to raise my dad's memorial flag in front of  NAVCENT HQ.(His flag has flown over all of CryptoGirl's duty stations.) Plenty of green in the background.

Comment by KC'smom on June 14, 2016 at 3:57pm
What? Is that right on base?? That's great :-) is it the only green around?
Comment by CryptoDad on June 14, 2016 at 3:30pm

The "nicer navy base" is easy to find with google maps:


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