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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Eric
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
AM1 (Aviation Structural Mechanic First Class)
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Proud single dad of two great Navy kids!! My daughter is a Navy vet and served on the USS Abraham Lincoln as an MC3 (Mass Communications Specialist). My son who is an AM1 (Aviation Structural Mechanic, Second Class) served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, then after re-enlisting was stationed at the Marine Air Base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii attached to the "Easy Riders" or HSM-37. He recently re-enlisted, was attached to VAW-125- the "World Famous" Tigertails, had TDY to VRC-40 the "Rawhides" and just returned to VAW-125. I've been chief chemist for a number of world-class gold, silver, and copper mines for 35+ years. Raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains, graduated from the University of Maryland (class of '77), a confirmed Westerner and Proud Navy Dad !!!
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is currently serving
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
proud as can possibly be !!!!!!!!!!!
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
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But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet's word,
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be.
Fitz-Greene Halleck


Some words Eric sent the evening before the Theodore Roosevelt left on cruise on Sept. 8, 2008:

I leave tomorrow to assist in maritime operations. To do my job in assisting in aviation maintenance which will in the end help to put warheads on the foreheads of those who dare to upset the balance, to hurt the innocent and to those who we deem terrorists. As in the rich naval tradition since October 13th 1775 I sacrifice my time and being to put my life in the hands of my fellow shipmates who in turn puts those same trusts into mine. To cast off and set sail to cross the seas in something bigger than what it is we can understand. To help those who need it is what we do, although we may be the cold forged steel harvesters of death in the modern age, we supply hope and change to those who need it most. In these final moments I realize that everything I've done, sacrificed in this last year all amount to something now. It finally means something. What I'm not sure but its reassuring to know that I'm not here in vain. I will dearly miss you all and cannot wait till my return next year. I look forward to seeing you all and telling my tales of other lands and the sea. Wish me fair winds and following seas as I look forward to my return home.



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Tiger Cruise - My Long Promised Follow-Up

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

I sat here and just re-read all my posts about my Tiger Cruise experience and realized I still had not completed the promised follow-up.  It is not that I haven't tried....at least a dozen times I've sat down to write this, but words eluded me.  I'm not sure why.  But I'm gonna try again- so please bear with me!!

Much has happened over the past few years and much has changed.  Kat is no longer in the Navy- her enlistment was up in '10 and she lives outside Seattle in…

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A Virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 9:21pm 0 Comments

I ran across a very interesting website that I thought I would share....it is a virtual Vietnam Veterans memorial wall.....one of the pages lists those that gave their lives by state....click a state name and you can eventually get to a list of medals and often a bio. This was a monumental amount of work and it is a reminder that many gave their lives in a far away land with a funny name.......

Click This Link for…

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Thanks Paige!

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:55pm 1 Comment

I wanted to take a minute to thank Paige for opening her home up to a number of Navy parents yesterday in Prescott Valley. It was a great chance to meet others with kids in the Navy and to compare stories...and to brag a little too!! I know Paige will post some photos as well but here are a couple.....







Thanks to Paige and to neighbor Brenda for all the work and hospitality! It was fun… Continue

Tiger Cruise - Homecoming !

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 12:30am 3 Comments

Wow….homecoming….after seven-plus months at sea everyone was returning to US soil and their families. I knew it was going to be a memorable day with lots of mixed emotions for all.



Eric and I had agreed to make it another 06:00 day, but around 05:00 I managed to wiggle out of the rack and get cleaned up. I wasn’t sleeping anyway, so why stare at the inside of my eyelids when I could go ahead and get cleaned up and get ready for the day. The ship’s movement had eased over night and…

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Brothers at War Movie

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Tiger Cruise blog continues with next post---- click NEXT POST in the bottom right to contiue

Saw an interview with Gary Sinise this AM and he was talking about a movie out today...if you look at the website: http://www.brothersatwarmovie.com you can watch a clip and read about the project....it looks powerful and something that all Americans should see. I know this is off-topic here but the fight for freedowm is larger than…

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At 2:13pm on September 1, 2017, Jim Beyer said…

Thanks!

At 6:22pm on August 18, 2017, Stephen C Laredo said…

Thanks for the advice on this site. I'm nervous as heck, since this will be a major trip for us in October to go all the way to Rhode Island from New Mexico. Hope to have most of if not all of this experience figured out by the time we get up there. 

At 10:48am on July 27, 2017, Mirela Mirkovic said…
Hi Paul,
Thank you for your support. Mia is my only child so all of your encouragement and concise info on navydads are helping me a lot. I'm happy I found out about this website because I know I have to learn a bunch. I'll keep at it, thanks!
At 2:59pm on July 7, 2017, Rob Robertson said…

Hi Paul.

I work for Burson Campaigns based in Memphis. BC is a division of Burson-Marsteller, which itself is a part of the Y&R network of communications companies. Y&R is owned by WPP, which just signed a 5-year deal to partner with the Navy for a host of new marketing efforts.

It's long and convoluted, but the bottom line is that I'm a PR guy. I find stories to pitch to the media about sailors in the hopes that we can better explain what the Navy does and why joining is important. Our ultimate goal -- what we've been hired to do -- is to help the Navy attract talented recruits (women and minorities in particular) interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

You're precisely the kind of "influencer" we are trying to work with and reach out to. I've joined this site to learn more about what Navy dads are most concerned with, interested in, and have the most questions about.

I served aboard the USS Long Beach back in the 1990s. Long Beach was the Navy's first nuclear-powered surface warship, having been commissioned a few month ahead of the Enterprise back in the 1960s. I was there from 1991-94, and served during the first gulf war (Desert Storm). I enlisted in 1989 and got out in 1995, using the GI Bill to go to Ole Miss. I graduated in 1998.

I had a good experience in the Navy -- it straightened my ass out and motivated me. I saw some unbelievable things and made some great friends. It wasn't all sunshine and roses but it was worth the challenge. It means a lot to me to be working with Navy again because I genuinely believe in it. 

Far as I know, I'm one of the only actual enlisted Navy veterans working on this account. 

Please feel free to contact me via email. I'll be reaching out to you again if you don't mind.

At 8:44pm on June 29, 2017, Marshall Patrick Tapley said…

Yep! I just checked the patch he gave me....VAW-125, flaming torch, crossed trident and lightning bolt in the background. About 8 years ago, I took a "Tiger cruise" with him from Mayport to Norfolk...had a blast!

Semper Fi!

At 8:29pm on June 29, 2017, Marshall Patrick Tapley said…

Hi Paul,

My son Andy was on the "Big Stick" (USS Roosevelt too!) Back then, if I am correct, he was with, here it comes, VAW-125! He is on shore duty now, teaching air crews how to survive if they have to "ditch".

Semper Fi!

At 7:51am on June 21, 2017, Wesley A Kanost said…

Paul,

Thank you so much for your comment and information you've provided. My daughter was very excited to join and did so a mere two weeks after high school graduation. She's at GR now and is completing her first full week. She very much wants to be stationed over seas in Europe or Japan.

Her first job choice was Mass Communications as she wants to attend Full Sail University in Orlando FL after her Navy career. She had to accept a different job, although a good one. She will go to San Diego to study being an Sonar Tech on Surface ships. The importance of what she is doing is not lost her though. Hannah is extremely aware of the need to serve her country and wants to make a contribution. She loves America and wants to help it succeed.

I have some familiarity with the Navy. I had a sister and brother-in-law both stationed in Japan. My sister got to go to Antarctica and "summered over" there and came back with some great stories. I've had other relatives on carriers (U.S.S. Saratoga) during the Vietnam war and at other times as well.

I will make good use of Navy Dads web site and intend to visit frequently.

Sincere thanks!

Wes Kanost (Navy Dad)

At 10:32pm on June 20, 2017, AC DAD said…

Paul thanks for the kind words and I hope to learn alot about the NAVY as I have a ton of questions.  I cannot wait to hear about all the great stories.

At 9:42am on June 8, 2017, Evangelina Hernandez said…

Thank you.

My daughter will be my very first "experience" with anything military and I need to learn a lot.

I know I came to the right place. :)

At 5:43pm on June 2, 2017, Troy Schneider said…
Thank you for adding me. I'm excited to learn more about the Navy and meeting other Navy dads.
 
 
 

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