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‘Rug flops’ make for a colorful social event in Bahrain

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned “rug flop,” where carpet vendors literally roll out the red carpet for service members stationed in Bahrain.

DODEA’s Bahrain School extends school closure as coronavirus cases rise in country

Bahrain’s Health Ministry said Thursday it had confirmed 33 cases of infected citizens in the small island kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy Central Command headquarters and the largest concentration of U.S. service members and their families in the Middle East.


DODEA’s Bahrain School closes over coronavirus concerns

Military children at the Bahrain School have been told to stay home the rest of the week, following the country’s first confirmed coronavirus case and several others reported at the island kingdom’s airport.


Navy’s USS Bataan quietly visits Bahrain for brief port visit

The USS Bataan pulled into Bahrain over the long President’s Day weekend, but it doesn’t appear the crew had much time off.


Thousands of Marines enter Persian Gulf with USS Bataan’s amphibious readiness group

The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan transited the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf Wednesday, becoming the first U.S. Navy “big deck” to enter these strategic waters in 2020.


Bahrain’s DODEA school closes to celebrate national team’s big soccer win

The Bahrain School, run by the Department of Defense Education Activity on the U.S. Navy base there, operates independently but decided to “honor the decree from the king,” the school's principal said.


Navy changes tour lengths for 50,000 sailors and boosts reenlistment bonuses

The changes will affect more than half of all Navy job fields. Factors that impacted the changes to tour lengths included initial training, available duty billets and retention, the Navy said.