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MISSION

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.


BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS:
http://www.uscg.mil/directives/cim/7000-7999/CIM_7220_29B.pdf

AWARDS:
Restricted Duty Ribbon OR Overseas Ribbon
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (RAID personnel only)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

MAILING ADDRESS:

BAHRAIN:
Commanding Officer
USCG PATFORSWA
ATTN: Member Name/Department
PSC 851 BOX 110
FPO AE 09834-0002

KUWAIT (RAID):
USCG RAID/595TH TRANS BDE
APO AE 09366
ATTN: LT FITZGIBBONS

CELL PHONES:
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.  Personal cell phones can be brought however, please be aware that you will be subject to international charges through your service provider.

UNIFORM:
Navy Type III (PATFOR)
Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OCP) – RAID personnel only

TYPICAL NON RATE ASSIGNMENT:
FA/FN and SA/SN are assigned to both shore side and cutter positions.  Shore side non-rates are assigned to the Engineering Department.  It is required that all non-rated personnel bring a full sea bag as upon completion of their tour they will be going to the next available “A” school.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:
For Bahrain, 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. 

Kuwait has a desert climate, meaning it is extremely hot and dry in the summer and cold in the winter. Summers are usually very long and temperatures range between 111 degrees Fahrenheit to 130. Winters are short and temperatures go as low as 33 degrees.

RATINGS PRESENT:
BM, DC, MK, EM, ET, FS, OS, YN, SK, IT, HS, GM, MST (RAID)

EDUCATION:
There are opportunities 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.  In addition to this, there are online colleges that work with military personnel who are pursuing their degrees.

REPORTING IN:
Personnel assigned to PATFORSWA Cutters and ashore receives pre-deployment training at Atlantic Area, Portsmouth, VA and Fort Dix, NJ, where they will be informed of procedures for reporting to theater.

PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING:
Prior to arriving in theater, 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 YNC Tracie Hammonds at
Tracie.G.Hammonds@uscg.mil or phone 757-295-2215.

HOUSEHOLD GOODS (HHG)
You are entitled to 500 lbs of unaccompanied baggage shipment. Work directly with your local transportation officer to ensure shipment of only those items authorized for entry into theater.

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY (NSA) BAHRAIN:
The local Navy base has an exchange, commissary, food court, workout facilities, educational services, movie theater, bowling alley and swimming pool.

KUWAIT FOBs:
These bases have a small exchange/commissary, food court, workout facilities, and educational services.  They also have Dining Facilities (DFACs) where meals are provided.

RELIGION:
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 religious services onboard NSA Bahrain. Churches and other religious places of worship may also be found out in town.

Kuwait is predominantly an Islamic country where over 80 percent of the total population and 95 percent of Kuwaitis practice the religion. There are religious services provided onboard coalition bases.

HOUSING:
Personnel in Bahrain 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), cookware, and utensils but you are encourages to check with your sponsor regarding other items. It is recommended you bring a set of towels, your own sheets (if you choose to), and warm weather clothes (it does get chilly here).  Internet access is available at your residence but you can also bring your own wireless router.  Many of our crew members have personal laptops and hand held devices for communicating with family stateside.

Personnel in Kuwait and Afghanistan are either assigned to a Containerized Housing Unit (CHU) or a tent.  Personal space is limited in the living quarters so keep that in mind when shipping/packing for your tour.

MONEY:
In Bahrain, the exchange rate is approximately $2.65 US to 1BHD. The Bahraini Dinar is the primary currency off base in Bahrain. In Kuwait, the exchange rate is approximately $3.54 US to 1KWD.  The Kuwaiti Dinar is the primary currency off base in Kuwait.  ATMs and currency exchange are available at the airport and on base.  

BANKS:
There is a Navy Federal Credit Union at NSA.

COUNTRY INFO:
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:

http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnreurafswa/installations/nsa_bahrain/ffr.html

Kuwait City is the capital city and the largest city in Kuwait and it has a lot to offer in the way of Middle Eastern culture.  For more information on Kuwait, visit the Kuwait Government Online website:

http://www.e.gov.kw/sites/kgoenglish/portal/Pages/Visitors/TourismInKuwait.aspx

TRICARE AVAILABLE:

NSA Medical
STANDARD/ PRIME /EXTRA

IS DELTA DENTAL AVAILABLE :
NSA Dental

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