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Walker Criswell commented on NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
"We were planning on going out our selves but it sounds like our son will get leave to come home. We have not heard any different but with the situation in Korea who knows. If we get the chance the tiger cruise is awesome the navy was very…"
Aug 10
Walker Criswell commented on NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
"Yes my son has been on the Roosevelt since2015. I hope to get another tiger cruise. The last one was a dream come true."
Aug 9
Walker Criswell commented on NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
"Tiger Cruise here we come. We have our flights our rooms and most importantly confirmation from the Navy.  We are good to go. Mark used the word "epic" describing his excitement.   I have to agree. I have never been more excited…"
Oct 24, 2015
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Oct 9, 2015
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Sep 28, 2015
Walker Criswell liked NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s blog post Tiger Cruise - My Long Promised Follow-Up
Sep 25, 2015
Walker Criswell replied to Todd S's discussion Tiger Cruise Info in the group Tiger Cruise or Family Day Cruise
"Mark    My son just headed out to the TR.  I am hoping that I can get on the list.  Doing a Tiger cruise would be quite literally a dream come true.   Walker"
Aug 26, 2015
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Tiger Cruise or Family Day Cruise

Navy Tiger Cruise: For those lucky enough to have the opportunity to sail on a Family Day or Tiger Cruise --- Some tips and helps... and a little bit of bragging too!See More
Aug 24, 2015
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USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

Support your Sailor serving on "The Big Stick". Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) is comprised of Carrier Strike Group 12 staff, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 staff, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, and the DESRON 2 ships; the guided-missile destroyers USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), USS Farragut (DDG 99) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), as well as the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60)See More
Aug 20, 2015
Walker Criswell replied to Lory Rogers's discussion Liberty plans
"Our son had his PIR the 29th of May.  He wanted his phone, his laptop, a trip to the mall for new socks and underwear, a steak dinner and then just to relax at the hotel pool.  He wanted to have dinner with a couple of his shipmates…"
Jun 15, 2015
Walker Criswell commented on Walker Criswell's blog post PIR traffic?
"Paul   Yes I did, thank you, that looks like a much better route.  I assume there is a traffic light at the intersection at Buckley. I will look it up on Google Earth.  We are all excited for the big event.  This…"
May 22, 2015
NavyDads Admin (Paul) commented on Walker Criswell's blog post PIR traffic?
"Did you find that link Walker?  I was on my phone and couldn't easily copy the link-"
May 22, 2015
NavyDads Admin (Paul) commented on Walker Criswell's blog post PIR traffic?
"Pir traffic is horrendous- in the PIR group we have a discussion about the Buckley Rd By-Pass we recommend"
May 22, 2015
Walker Criswell posted a blog post

PIR traffic?

What is the traffic going to be like when we are trying to get on to the base?  We have a rental car and I am planning on getting there as close to 6:30 as we can.  We are staying north of GL about 10 miles. Are some routs better than others? See More
May 22, 2015
Walker Criswell posted a status
"Will my son need any civilian clothes after PIR? I think he will be staying in GL."
Apr 23, 2015
Walker Criswell posted a status
"Where is machinist mate A school at? (non nuclear)"
Apr 22, 2015

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I am a journeyman machinist. I have worked in a coalfired power plant for over 30 years. I love to travel and meet new people. I have never served in the military and I will take that regret to my grave.
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My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
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Very excited for him it is something he wanted to do very badly. I am proud that he wants to serve. I am sad for myself because I know that we may never live in the same town again.
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PIR traffic?

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 10:46am 3 Comments

What is the traffic going to be like when we are trying to get on to the base?  We have a rental car and I am planning on getting there as close to 6:30 as we can.  We are staying north of GL about 10 miles. Are some routs better than others? 

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At 10:27am on April 4, 2015, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Walker! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea nor a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories I've heard from friends and relatives who have served in the military.

However, I'm so honored and very proud of his decision to serve our great country.

From the start, I’ve perused Navy and recruiter information online and beyond but felt that I needed more peace of mind to help keep me from worrying too much. I also wanted to hear from real people who've been around the block and others to share knowledge and experience throughout this entire journey.

That's when I found this website while searching for answers...

We're all in this together and I hope you too will find NavyDads.Com useful with lots of real shared information.

Please don't forget to check out our Groups section and join a group that shares your interest. Please keep us posted on your Sailor's progress via status updates, discussion forums, blogs and photos...

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to your son Colt for his service!

Welcome Aboard and GO NAVY!

At 10:34pm on April 2, 2015, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Walker,


     I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for you. The links under the about this site will help you with how this site got started, navigation, P.I.R., About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings, this link will take you to a brief description of the rates (jobs) in the Navy that you can find your sailors rate and find out some information about the rate that they are in.   


     First and foremost though we are all here for the same reason. We are curious about what our young sailors are getting into and for more information about the rate or job that they will be doing for the next 4-6 yrs. of their lives. I know when I first got here I had lots of questions and there was not a lot of people on this site but they all were either going through the same thing or had been through it and had sailors out in the fleet. Now this site has grown to over 9000 members, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and boyfriends. Don't be afraid to ask questions of members in here because somewhere along the way we have all had the same questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in the NAVY either on their own account or through their Sailors.      


     Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULU to you and your son Colt on his enlistment and please thank him for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.


Navy dads Admin Tim

At 3:16pm on April 2, 2015, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Walker! 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 attached to VAW-125, and back on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. 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 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 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 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 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 Walker 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

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Colt 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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