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Parking for PIR

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Jul 27. 1 Reply

I was wondering if there is parking outside the gates of the base. I was looking at google maps and it look as though there is a small lot just outside the entrance. Are these for public use? Continue

graduation question (arrival time and photos)

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Jul 23. 2 Replies

My son's PIR is Aug 4th.  I know the gates do not open till 6:30 am but was wondering how early should we arrive. Next is any advice on whats the best location for taking photos?, Lower or upper…Continue

 

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NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to SPENCER PRATT's discussion Parking for PIR
"there is parking at the Metra lot just off base, but the Navy recently built a large parking facility very close the drill hall for parking for PIR on base. "
Jul 27
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Parking for PIR

I was wondering if there is parking outside the gates of the base. I was looking at google maps and it look as though there is a small lot just outside the entrance. Are these for public use? See More
Jul 27
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NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to SPENCER PRATT's discussion graduation question (arrival time and photos)
"Also keep in mind that pictures or video are not allowed outside the drill hall while on base. Once you are out the gate, you're good. You could lose all of your pictures if caught. Trust me, I found out the hard way back in 2008. "
Jul 23
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to SPENCER PRATT's discussion graduation question (arrival time and photos)
"If you are driving in, get in line by 6. (Chicago is on Central Time.) When you get into the drill hall you will see some signs with the division numbers on them. You best for photography, is to be up about half way. We were all the way up to the…"
Jul 23
SPENCER PRATT posted a discussion

graduation question (arrival time and photos)

My son's PIR is Aug 4th.  I know the gates do not open till 6:30 am but was wondering how early should we arrive. Next is any advice on whats the best location for taking photos?, Lower or upper level in the stands. Thanks from one proud navy Dad! See More
Jul 23
John Alan DeMarco replied to SPENCER PRATT's discussion Missing mail in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Keep him in your prayers! Continue to write to the correct address!"
Jul 7
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to SPENCER PRATT's discussion Missing mail in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Contact your Sailor - RTC Division Addresses"
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Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps

Pass in Review: There have been so many questions & answers about Pass in Review "PIR" that we need one place to be a clearinghouse to help experience a Navy Graduation.See More
Jul 7
AC DAD replied to SPENCER PRATT's discussion Missing mail in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"I have heard so many different accounts of the mail situation and I can share mine and it was a surprise.  My daughter left for bootcamp on June 21st and we have sent 3 letters addressing them Sr. Last name, First name, and Middle Initial.…"
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Missing mail

My son is in his 5th week at camp and the hole family has been sending letters for weeks now. We received some fro him this week and he said that he hasn't received any letters and seems very disappointed.  I know some were sent with the wrong ship number. We sent them to him the same way the return address was printed (only his last name). Any suggestions?See More
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Navy Boot Camp: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.This Support Group is for Families & Friends with Recruits attending Navy Boot Camp.See More
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"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Spencer! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found out was that he had made the most mature decision of…"
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"Welcome to NavyDads.com Spencer! When my daughter enlisted in 2005 and left for RTC, I had virtually no knowledge of Navy life or how the Navy did things. By the time her PIR rolled around, I was starting to get the hang of things and understand…"
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At 5:48am on July 7, 2017, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Spencer! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found out was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on NavyDads.com.

My son Stephen was an AWO2 in the P-3 community. However, after 6 years of service, he was medically discharged in July of 2014. We are proud of our son and his service to our country.

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Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim

At 9:54pm on July 6, 2017, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads.com Spencer! When my daughter enlisted in 2005 and left for RTC, I had virtually no knowledge of Navy life or how the Navy did things. By the time her PIR rolled around, I was starting to get the hang of things and understand some of the language and abbreviations, but still felt like a fish out of water when dealing with most topics concerning the US Navy. When my son enlisted and left for Great Lakes in 2007, I got serious about trying to learn as much as possible about the Navy. Now, several years into my journey, I’m blessed to say I have two sailors in the family - my son Eric (AM2) was on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, and is now attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails"), is stationed at Iwakuni, Japan and is currently deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group 5 on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3). If NavyDads.com were around in those early days, it would have made my first days as a Navy parent much easier!

I'm sure you'll find NavyDads.com as useful, educational and informative as I have over the past few years. Click How To Get Started for a guide on getting going in your NavyDads.com experience! I hope you take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and add your comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any comments, questions or concerns about your sailor and what he is going through...be sure to post them! In my experience someone here can answer your questions or concerns or can point you in the direction to find out. And Spencer this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son is doing! Please remember that we talk about the Navy here and we must keep the security and safety of our sailors and the fleet in mind. On the right or starboard side of every NavyDads page is an area we call Key Information. Please take a minute and read through the Operations Security (OPSEC) link for some guidelines as to what we should not talk about in a public forum like NavyDads.com.

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Austin is going through. In the Navy Bootcamp group is a discussion called A MUST READ for all New Navy Parents. Read through this post as it will do a lot to give you some understanding about what your sailor is learning and why. And be sure to check out the videos available in the Bootcamp Group as well and as PIR nears be sure to spend time in the PIR group for hints and helps!

Best Regards- Paul

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