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TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley
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  • Pinellas Park, FL
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Stephen Phillips replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Awaiting A-School in the group A School for Dads
"Got a text from our son this morning, he is finally flying out to A School today!!!"
Aug 9
Stephen Phillips replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Awaiting A-School in the group A School for Dads
"Yes, my son told us that he is waiting for a doctor to sign off on his exam, and they are very shorthanded.  I hope they get to go soon, it must be very frustrating for them to have to stay there while others are shipping out!"
Aug 7
Dennis Geiser replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Awaiting A-School in the group A School for Dads
"My son graduated on July 21st too. He's still waiting to get his orders to head out to Goose Creek for A School. He's one of the last nukes from his graduating group that are still in Great Lakes awaiting orders. Rumor mill has been all…"
Aug 7
Stephen Phillips replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Awaiting A-School in the group A School for Dads
"My son graduated last Friday, the 28th.  He is still waiting to fly out to Goose Creek as well!  Hope he gets to go soon, he was very happy to have us there last weekend."
Aug 4
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Awaiting A-School in the group A School for Dads
"Thanks Jim! He's on his second day at O'Hare. Standby after standby. Confirmed on a flight tomorrow..."
Aug 4
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Awaiting A-School in the group A School for Dads
"My son was on hold at Great Lakes for a month. Then when he got to Pensacola, it was another month before his classes even started. There can be a lot of reasons. The Navy has to keep sailors in the pipeline or the delays could be even worse. The…"
Jul 30
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley added a discussion to the group A School for Dads
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Awaiting A-School

Can't wait for my Sailor to get to Goose Creek. He graduated 7/21 and is still awaiting his orders to report. Seems like there are a few stranded in Great Lakes. What could be the reason for the delay?See More
Jul 30
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley replied to Scott Henry's discussion The "other" Nuke Rating in the group Navy Nukes
"Scott, how can I find your previous post about ET, EM, and MM? My Sailor is making a change from ET to EM and I don't think he understands the difference. Hate to see him make the wrong call so quickly... Thank you"
Jul 21
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley liked TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Metra question
Jul 15
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Metra question in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Blue line from the loop"
Jul 10
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Metra question in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Metra is not what goes to O'Hare. It would be the CTA Elevated Train. They do all of the lines by color. You still may have to take METRA and transfer to CTA. Let me see what I can come up with."
Jul 10
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley added a discussion to the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
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Metra question

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!We will be taking Metra from The Marriott on Northport Blvd area to O'Hare to see our Sailor off on 7/22/17. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the maps. Is there a way to add our starting point and end point and have the system kick out the lines we need? Or is it "sink or swim?"  Thanks for your guidance. MindySee More
Jul 9
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Laptops in the group A School for Dads
"Thank you both so much- I will take it and hope for the best!"
Jun 30
Margaret Clayton replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Laptops in the group A School for Dads
"That's the one thing about nuke school, they do not tolerate that sort of behavior.  He will be on a schedule, he cannot shirk his responsibilities much, he will have a roommate or two who will nag him if he stays up all night gaming. If…"
Jun 30
M.W. replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Laptops in the group A School for Dads
"Welcome to the new normal of having an adult child. You might not bring his laptop, but how long do you think it will take him to buy one with his paycheck, or worse,put it on the shiny new credit card a lot of financial institutions will be trying…"
Jun 30
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley added a discussion to the group A School for Dads
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Laptops

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!I received three letters from my recruit today. Hot diggity! In one of his letters, he asked me to bring his laptop to the airport so he can take it to A-School (Goose Creek). I am reluctant as he has had addictive gaming tendencies prior to boot camp. Played hour after hour, ignored his responsibilities around the house, forgot to eat, and slept all day. Thoughts?See More
Jun 29

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Ricky
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
E1
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Ricky will be going to Great Mistakes in April. I am the daughter of Capt. Richard Meacham USAF, (KIA 1970) and Col W.D. Berry Ret USMC.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Proud and scared all at the same time.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Mom
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Searching for Naval slang.

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At 7:53pm on February 19, 2017, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com Mindy! 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") and is stationed at Iwakuni, Japan. 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 Mindy 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 Ricky 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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At 11:08am on February 19, 2017, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Mindy! 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

 
 
 

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