The Mission of PATFORSWA is to supply fully mission capable assets and personnel ready to deploy throughout the US Central Command’s (CENTCOM) AOR in support of Combatant Commanders and National Security Objectives.
Restricted Duty Ribbon OR Overseas Ribbon
Iraqi Campaign Medal (only for members on a cutter and in Iraqi waters for 60 days or more)
Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
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FPO AE 09501
Upon arrival, you will be provided one cell phone that is for official use only. Cell phones are the primary means of communications in Bahrain, they are also used to receive updated AT/FP text alerts
TYPICAL NON RATE
FA/FN and SA/SN are assigned to both shore side and afloat positions. FA/FN are assigned to the Engineering department and SA/SN assigned to the Operations department.
The summer months (May to September) are extremely hot while the winter can be cold when compared to the summer highs. The average temperature in the summer is 105F while temperatures drop in the low 70s during winter months.
BM, DC, MK, EM, ET, FS, OS, YN, SK, IT, HS, GM
There is much opportunity for further education while deployed. The ESO maintains an extensive library of learning materials and is an excellent source of information on college credits and tuition assistance. There is also a Navy College onboard NSA Bahrain where members may attend college classes, and register for online programs.
Personnel assigned to PATFORSWA Cutters and ashore receive pre-deployment training at Atlantic Area, Portsmouth, VA, where they will be informed of procedures for reporting to theatre.
Prior to arriving in Bahrain, you are required to successfully complete Pre-Deployment Training (PDT) located in Portsmouth VA. You’re required to complete your pre deployment requirements (overseas screening, physical exam, weapons certification and security clearance package (if applicable)) as soon as practical and must forward that information to YNCM Linda Kentch at email@example.com or phone 757-295-2234.
HOUSEHOLD GOODS (HHG)
You are entitled to 500lbs of unaccompanied baggage shipment. Work directly with your local transportation officer to ensure shipment of only those items authorized for entry into theater.
ACTIVITY (NSA) BAHRAIN:
The local Navy base has an exchange, commissary, food court, workout facilities, educational services, movie theater, bowling alley and swimming pool.
Islam is the state religion of Bahrain, representing more than 80% of the population. The non-Muslims are almost entirely non-citizens, and among immigrants, many are Muslims. Religious freedom is secured by the constitution, other faiths may worship publicly and establish designated places of worship. There are Christian services onboard NSA Bahrain. Churches and other religious places of worship may also be found out in town.
Personnel will be assigned to Government leased housing and in most circumstances will have at least one or two room mates from either the shore side support or local cutter force. All apartments are fully furnished to include items such as bedding (sheets, blankets), towels, cookware, and utensils but you are encourages to check with your sponsor regarding other items. Internet access is available at your residence. Many of our crew members have personal laptops for communicating with family stateside.
Government leased vehicles are provided and shared among assigned personnel. Driving in Bahrain is like driving in any large US city. You must ensure your State license is current and that it will not expire during your deployment.
The exchange rate is approximately $2.71 US to 1BD. US currency is the primary currency on the base at NSA Bahrain and Kuwait Naval base. The Bahrain Dinar is the primary currency off base in Bahrain. ATMs and currency exchange are available on base.
There is a Navy Federal Credit Union on base.
Manama is a very westernized city in the Middle East and you will find all the amenities of any other big city, keeping in mind that we are in a foreign country and in a Combat Zone. It is not uncommon for Force Protection measures to be implemented with little notification.
For more information on Bahrain and things to do in the area, visit the NSA website www.nsa.bahrain.navy.mil
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